Butterfly Birthday Cake and Vanilla Frosting Recipe
My daughter turned 7 a few weeks ago. I swear we just brought her home from the hospital yesterday! I'm not sure where time goes but my daugther has certainly made the most of it. I don't think a minute goes by without her posing a question about something she's seen, heard or imagined! But her curiosity
has helped her grow.
I love this time of her life - over the past year she's learned to read chapter books, to write and create stories, learned to ride a bike, almost "mastered" water skiing, tells terrible knock-knock jokes, tries to be nice to her little brother ("tries" is the key word), and has accomplished so much more that it would take pages to list. Of course, she's still my little girl and I don't want her to grow up too fast but I am very proud of her (well...except maybe the time she spilled nail polish all over her bed trying to paint her nails).
For her birthday, she wanted a butterfly theme...butterfly cake, butterfly decorations, butterfly shaped sandwiches etc. And homemade strawberry lemonade, tea sandwiches and watermelon - she leaves nothing to chance! She also wanted outdoor fun - bobbing for apples, the limbo, potato sack races, three-legged contest and more!
This is the cake. It's a 9-inch layer cake and a 6-inch layer cake stacked and iced with buttercream. I forgot to take a picture of the inside of the cake which was coloured in pink and purple swirls. I searched high and low for edible rice paper butterflys and finally found great ones on ETSY. They arrived in time even though a postal strike had just ended and I LOVE them. Take a look at her site as she also offers other shapes. The kids adored them and couldn't believe they could actually eat them!
This recipe has been used in my family for a long time but I also found a similar recipe on Martha's site recently! Although basically just butter and sugar, it doesn't taste too sweet or heavy. You can also add colour gels if you want to colour your frosting.
Easy Vanilla Frosting for 2 dozen cupcakes
3-1/2 c - 4 c powdered sugar, sifted
2 c unsalted butter, room temperature pinch of salt 2 tsp vanilla 1/8c - 1/4 c milk
Edible butterflys, candy flowers and pastel icing make a seven year old VERY happy.
What to do
In a large bowl (preferably a stand alone mixer) beat butter until light and creamy.
In half cup increments add sugar and beat until combined.
Add extract and beat until combined.
Depending on the brand of butter I use, the amount of milk I need varies. Start with 1/8 c and add more if needed. Beat the mixture at medium speed until the frosting is perfectly smooth and creamy. I usually beat it for about 5 minutes or so.
Add colour, if required and beat until colour is even.
Use imediately or refrigerate (if refrigerating bring back to room temperature before using).