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Birthday Cake- French Vanilla With A Cream Cheese Frosting

on January 15, 2016

2016-01-09 16.28.58

It’s that time again when I need to make a cake for a special friend. His favorite color is blue, so there was really nothing else I could have done. I wasn’t going to make a blue cake, but blue frosting, well that’s a whole different story. I going, to be honest, baking doesn’t come easily to me. I really have to work at it. I do take help where I can get it. For this recipe, I used a box cake mix. Listen, there are some really good ones that are available. It saves a lot of time and the measuring out of different ingredients, so why not?

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I’m starting out this cake by using three boxes of cake mix. I chose French vanilla.

The first thing that you need to do is to prep your cake pans with butter, parchment paper to fit each cake pan, and flour. You want to butter the pans first, then lay down the parchment paper in each one. Butter the tops of each circle of parchment paper. Next, flour each pan. I sprinkle a little flour in the bottom of the pans then roll the flour around so the inside sides of the pan are floured. Shake off any excess flour into the sink and then the pans are ready.
Prep Time: 10-15 minutes
Oven Temperature: 350 degrees F.
Baking Time: 25-55 minutes ( times may vary depending on oven and different size cakes pans for this recipe)
Equipment; 5″, 7″, 9″ cake pans and parchment paper

Note: It’s important when baking that all the ingredients be room temperature. Using a toothpick or cake tester, after 25 minutes, check on the 5″ cake, then at 45 minutes, check on the 7″ cake. Then again at 55 minutes for the 9″. Remember these time may vary slightly.

Follow the instructions on the back of the cake box, eggs, water, and vegetable oil. Here’s the part where I make it’s semi-homemade. I add 1/4 cup of ricotta cheese and a teaspoon of pure vanilla extract to the wet ingredients. Whisk all those ingredients together.  I do each box one at a time to ensure each batch has the correct consistency.  Using an electric hand mixer on low speed, I slowly add in the dry ingredients from the box to the wet ingredients. I have a large bowl set aside to pour the first box of finished batter in. Repeat this process 2 more times. All the batter should now be combined in the large bowl.

Ingredients For A Double Batch Of Frosting:
4 sticks of softened unsalted butter
2-8 ounce bars softened cream cheese
2 teaspoons of pure vanilla extract
4 cups of powdered sugar
2 drops of blue food coloring ( more if you like the color to be darker or choose any color you like.)

Place softened butter and cream cheese in a stand mixer with the paddle attachment. Cream those together for a minute until combined. Next, add in the vanilla. To that add in the powdered sugar slowly until all 4 cups have been added. Let all that combine before adding in the food coloring a drop at a time. Two drops total should be perfect for a pastel blue color.



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