It’s my birthday!! Well actually my birthday was earlier this week but this is my celebratory post!
Does anyone else like to bake their own birthday cake, or is it just me? I just love to cook/bake so it makes sense that I would make my cake (and eat it) too. Plus, since I started my cookie business (Lindsay Bakes) I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to add some cookie to the mix!
I made a basic vanilla cake, recipe adapted from a recipe I found online (cake recipe here). The original recipe for this cake was actually lemon flavoured (which I have made and is delicious) but I just swapped the lemon juice for extra milk (equal substitution), and added 1 tsp vanilla extract instead of lemon zest. It is a very nice and fluffy cake but sturdy enough to be stacked as I did. I baked it in a 8×8 pan and then when it was cool, I cut it in half to make 2-8×4 rectangles.
Like I mentioned before, I added some cookie in here. I baked some confetti cookie dough in the same 8×8 pan and cut then cut in half as well. So that gave me a total of 4 layers of equal size.
To stick these layers together and cover them up, I made a simple buttercream frosting. This recipe is from Sally’s Baking Addiction (link here). It was a very simple mix of butter (make sure it’s soft), icing sugar, cream and vanilla. My butter may have been a little too soft because it was quite warm in my house but the frosting still turned out amazing. It was super creamy and rich but light at the same time. I made one batch of the icing and it ended up being the perfect amount. I used most of it for between the layers and outside and then I dyed the rest with pink food colouring and iced that all around afterwards.
I kept the decorations pretty simple with a cute border of colourful confetti sprinkles. I’m really happy with how this cake turned out and it was a very sweet way to celebrate my birthday!