Ever since I visited the Flour Shop and tried their famous Explosion cake, I’ve been obsessed with making one of my own. When A Girl in NYC (formally A Girl in LA) had its one-year anniversary, I went out and purchased all the ingredients to commemorate the occasion. Unfortunately, it looked a lot better than it tasted. Since then, I’ve made my fair share of cakes to celebrate Birthdays and just because. This has taught me, like with a lot of things, the more detailed the design, the more practice you’ll need. When looking for a recipe, I look for step-by-step instructions from mixing the batter all the way to the icing. However, I understand that messing up is part of the experience and it can even be a fun challenge to fix your mistakes. After searching Pinterest, I’ve discovered ten elegant cake recipes in florals, rainbows, watercolors, and funfetti that are perfect for welcoming the spring.
PS: I’ve also included my go-to tips for baking a cake.
Painted Butter Cream Cake
Lucky Charms Layer Cake
Chocolate Rainbow Cake
Vanilla Buttermilk Cake
Sugar Flower Cake
Retro Shag Cake
Leap Year Cake
Funfetti Layer Cake
Pink Buttercream + Chocolate
Abstract Watercolor Cake
Cake decorating tips + tricks:
1) Make sure you have the correct baking essentials before you start:.
- Measuring spoons and cups.
- Liquid measuring cup.
- Rubber spatula (for scraping the batter).
- Metal spatula (to help remove the cake from the pan).
- Wooden spoons.
- Rolling pin (for fondant).
- Bowls (in various sizes).
- Mesh sieve (for sifting).
- Bakeware (this one comes with three different sizes, and this one comes with four 6 inch nonstick silicone pans).
- Wire rack (for cooling).
- Eclectic mixer (either handheld or a stand mixer).
- Rotating cake turntable (this one comes with an icing spatula, icing smoother, and decorating comb).
- Serrated knife.
- Cake smoother.
- Icing spatula.
- Pastry bag with tips.
- Wax paper.
2) Purchase a rotating cake turntable which will make decorating a lot easier.
3) Make sure your cake is 100% cool before you frost it. You can do this by putting it in the freezer.
4) Level your cake (slice off the top so that it’s completely flat) with a serrated knife.
5) Apply a crumb coat, which is a light coating of frosting that seals in any crumbs so they don’t get into the final layer of frosting.
6) Use an icing spatula to spread the frosting, followed by a cake smoother to cover it evenly.
7) To decorate, use a pastry bag with tips and be sure to practice first. Put your icing in the pastry bag and draw out your designs on a sheet of wax paper. This will help you get the hang of it.
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