As promised, I made cake! And it has
8 9 sticks of butter. But please, keep reading.
Last year’s Anniversary Cake was a mistake. Not because it left us in a sugar coma for 6 days, but because it set the bar WAY too high for all future anniversaries. I mean, how could I live up to a 7 layer s’more cake? No, really, I honestly had no idea how I could. Or if I would.
I thought about maybe just doing a simple oatmeal chocolate chip cookie. Or maybe just brownies. But those scream potluck or post soccer game snacks. This is our anniversary, a celebration. Celebrations need cake, it’s science.
If you follow me on twitter or instagram, you KNOW I have a SERIOUS sprinkles addiction (I don’t mean the chain cupcake place), I mean, the sugary crunchy things you dump on top of ice cream sundaes, ya those. I’m obsessed. So when this box came in the mail, I just about pee’d my pants (which is par-for-the-course these days since my post pregnancy-I never did kegels-bladder).
I second I opened the box from Wilton, I knew I needed to bedazzle the heck outta this years anniversary cake, but with sprinkles not sparkly craft gems. Tangent Happening… NOW! –> Bedazzling reminds me of puffy paint, which reminds me of third grade. Which reminds me of a hideous outfit my mom puffy painted AND bedazzled (shoes included) for me to wear for 3rd grade pictures. That’s before I was home schooled. It’s all starting to make sense to you now, huh?!?! Puffy paint, bedazzler, home school… I basically learned to bake to bribe people to be my friend. KIDDING (not really). Thank you Jon for loving me and marrying me, despite my lack of fashion and my home school-ish tenancies (AKA, I’m sometimes social awkward).
As Jon and I have looked back on these 8 years, we’re completely humbled. Amazed. And excited. We’ve both learned so much, about life in general. About each other. And about our newest adventure; parenting. We’ve been amazed by each other’s ability to adapt, sacrifice, love, and serve. And we’re super excited for our future. We’re scared a bit too (naturally) it’s unknown. I love being married, but mainly, I love being married to Jon. I hope and pray our little girl will marry a man that treats her like Jon treats me. That would make my mommy heart swell with happiness. From the bottom of my heart, I love you Jon Mestas and look forward to another 8 years, and then another and another.
So this cake, it’s no joke! Like I said, it has 8 sticks of butter that are spread through out the cake, and 2 different types of frosting. It’s meant to be shared and will probably serve at least 20 people. It’s an awesome cake to make for a large party, shower, or special occasion. But for a random Wednesday night when you have a craving for cake, ya, this might not be the one for you. Here are some notes on the cake:
1. The buttermilk cake recipe can easily be cut into half. Use 8 inch round cake pans and make 3 layers if you half the recipe.
2. For the frosting, you can make half of each recipe, but I am not sure if you’ll have enough frosting. I’d actually just make all of the frosting and freeze what you don’t use (or make a small batch of cupcakes to use it on). I freeze frosting all the time and whip it for just a second once it’s thawed and it’s good to go.
3. Leave the assembled cake at room temperature. There is no need to refrigerate it, it will actually make the frosting really firm ( because of all the butter) and not as tasty.
4. You can make the cake itself ahead of time, freeze it, and just thaw it before adding the frosting. That’s what I did!
5. I used a different type/color of sprinkle for each layer: rainbow jimmies, rainbow nonpareils, rainbow chip crunch (I used this for 2 of the layers), and pastel jimmies. Use any sprinkles you want inside of the cake.
6. Almond extract is a secret little ingredient (not secret actually) to making things have that ‘cake batter’ flavor. That’s why I added it to the buttermilk cake and the cake batter frosting. It’s not strong, but it just adds another level of flavor.
I had cake for dinner 2 nights in a row last week, I couldn’t help it, it smelled sooooo good and after 1 bite I NEEDED more! And then we went on vacation and I ate my weight in ice cream sundaes from Ghirardelli. So today for our actual anniversary we’re both detoxing. We’re so wild and crazy. Who knows, maybe we’ll even stay awake past when the street lights come on? Nah, I doubt it.
Please eat me.
Remember, I was home schooled and am socially awkward and cakes talk to me. So I listen.