Monday, February 8, 2010

Birthday Buttercream

I just finished eating some birthday cake and ice cream. Yum, yum!

My little guy is quickly leaving babyhood. *sob* *sniff*

I worked hard last night, decorating his special cake.

At the moment, we're all about Thomas in our house.

Wish I could claim full creative credit for his cake, but I can't. :-) I found several amazing train cakes all over the internet, but based this one on a cake found on

It seems like every time a birthday rolls around, I end up googling "buttercream." I'm not sure why I haven't saved one yet! ;-) I don't make homemade buttercream frosting too often, mostly only on birthdays.

Anyway, I wanted to share the buttercream recipe I used this year (found on cakecentral), which has been printed out for a keeper recipe! It's the basic shortening and sugar, but perfectly easy and tasty and hard to mess up!


1 cup white all-vegetable shortening
1 cup margarine (or butter)
2 lbs (by weight) confectioners' sugar
6 Tablespoons water
2 teaspoons Wilton clear vanilla extract
2 teaspoons Wilton butter extract/flavor
1 teaspoon almond extract
1/2 teaspoon salt (do not omit!! This is important for flavor development and must be dissolved in liquid)

Mix all liquids together and add salt. Stir to dissolve salt.

Add shortening and margarine to mixer bowl and beat on low speed for 15 seconds. Add half of the sugar and half of the liquid ingredients and mix on medium speed until combined, about 1 minute. Repeat with the remaining sugar and liquids; mix until combined, about 1 minute.

Scrape bowl thoroughly, and mix again, briefly. Don't overbeat your icing, as you don't want air bubbles. Store covered at room temperature. Total mixing time should be under 5 minutes, and never at higher than speeds 3 or 4 on your stand mixture.

Recommend: YES

P.S. If you haven't already, don't forget to enter to WIN an ice cream maker... you can make your own birthday buttercream AND homemade ice cream!! :-)

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joy said...

That looks fantastic! You did such a great job!

Dave LOVES Choo choo's. All day long he talks about them. I just love when a little man plays with trains.

Melissa said...

You did a terrific job with the cake! I'm so glad my son was always about the flavors and not about the decorations; I would've been in real trouble. :)

Sarah Larsen said...

I'm so glad I stopped by through SITS! Great cake! I'm comin back!

Melissa said...

That cake is super adorable! Great job!!!

Krista said...

Awww! It turned out awesome! Great work! I love that glittery icing that you used for the writing. Where'd you find it?

Anonymous said...

The cake looks delicious. Can I have a piece for breakfast? Awesome job on decorating.

Stopping by from SITS.

Petula said...

That cake turned out beautifully. You're amazing! I hope he enjoyed it and his birthday. Love the two & choo rhyme.

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