Austin’s Cake

So I’m not gonna lie, I was lazy as hell. I had so much cooking still left to do, that I wimped out and bought boxes of cake.
But no fear! I made the icing. And I’m not an icing person, and even I liked this icing!!

We made yellow cake, Devil’s Food cupcakes, and for Austin’s individual cake (and for my mom) we made strawberry.

American Buttercream Frosting
-4 large eggs
-1 cup of sugar
-2 teaspoons of vanilla extract
-1/2 teaspoon of salt
-4 sticks of unsalted butter

Start by cracking all four eggs into the metal bowl of a stand mixer. Add the sugar and vanilla extract to the bowl. Whisk until the eggs, sugar, and extract are evenly combined.

Find a pot that the mixing bowl can sit on without touching the bottom of the pan. Pour about 1/2-in. (about 1 cm) water into the pot and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer and place the mixing bowl over the water pot to form a double boiler. This will allow us to heat the eggs slowly, minimizing the chances that the egg proteins will tighten up (forming scrambled eggs). Whisk continuously over the steaming water until the eggs reach 160°F as measured by an instant read thermometer.

Once the mixture reaches 160°F, take it off the heat and beat on medium-high with the flat beater attachment for five minutes. The egg mixture will turn light yellow and fluffy. The mixture should have cooled by this time. Touch the side of the mixing bowl to check the temperature. If the mixture is too warm, it will melt the butter while you add it and the buttercream might not come together.

Reduce the mixer’s speed to low and begin cutting pieces of butter into the mixer, waiting for ten to fifteen seconds before adding the next piece. One pound of butter should be cut into about 16 to 20 pieces (about 2 Tbs. per piece). During this process, the mixture will become lumpy, but don’t worry about it, continue to cut pieces of butter into the mix until all the butter has been incorporated.

After all the butter has mixed in, continue to run the mixer until the mixture turns smooth and silky. The final buttercream should be easy to spread onto the cake and should taste distinctly of sweet butter without any lumps or grittiness.

And wah-lah! This is what the cake looked like when my sister, Kerri, was done decorating it. (I have no artistic ability, that went to Kerri. I cook/bake, she decorates!)

And here’s big brother feeding little brother his BIRTHDAY CAKE!

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2 Comments »

  1. Rachel Said:

    awww the cake is so cute! BUT FOR THE LOVE OF GOD CUT MATT MATT’S HAIR!

    • Christi Said:

      MattMatt’s hair is all gone
      😦
      Now he looks like a creepy mini version of my dad!


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