The Best Birthday Cake

Time to get serious.  Two cake layers.  Double the frosting.  Mass amounts of sprinkles.  This cake was for my roommate Aly, but I'm posting in celebration of someone else's birthday... MINE!  I'm hoping you'll make me one of these. Deal?  Birthday's July 9th... you know in case you were wondering.

 Recipe yoinked from Deb over at Smitten Kitchen

You'll need:
- 2 9" cake pans, can be round, square - whatever strikes your fancy.
- 4 cups plus 2 tablespoons cake flour
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2 sticks unsalted butter, softened
- 2 cups sugar
- 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
- 4 large eggs
- 2 cups buttermilk

Alrighty!  First you'll want to butter and flour your pans.  Grease up the pans with a bit of butter, then pour a small bit of flour in the pan.  Shake it around until the whole pan is covered with flour, then shake out the excess.  Should look like this....

Ok!  Now, mix together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a bowl. 

In another larger bowl, beat together the butter and sugar until fluffy, and then add the vanilla.

Add your eggs one at a time.  Make sure you scrape the sides of the bowl down after each egg, so we can guarantee it's all been mixed together perfectly.  After that, slowly add your buttermilk until just combined.  Then you can add you flour in 3 batches, beating after each batch.  Make sure you stir/beat it until it's just mixed together.  If you over beat the flour you can wind up beating out the moisture from the cake.  What's the point of cake without moisture?  Oh wait, frosting. I forgot.

Pour the batter into your cake pans, and put them in a 350 degree oven for 35 to 40 minutes.


Alrighty.  Now in order to stack these so they line up and don't look like a soccer ball, we have to cut off the rounded tops.  I think it's easiest to do this once they've cooled with a big knife while they are still in the pan.  That way you get perfect measurements, and the two cakes will line up perfectly.

Now, take on half of your cake, and spread frosting on the top of it.  Let's be honest here - I got lazy and bought frosting in a can.  SO SUE ME.

Now turn the other half of the cake upside down, and plop it down ever-so-gracefully on top.

Here's another trick for you, slide 3 pieces of parchment or wax paper under the cake, so none of the rim of the cake touches the plate/counter.  That way when you're done frosting you can pull away the parchment, and it won't make a mess.  THANKS MARTHA STEWART YOU'RE THE BEST.  Don't even act like you don't watch her show religiously.

An easy way to frost a cake is to put a "crumb layer" of frosting on first.  Just a thin layer that will hold down all the crumbs so they don't peel off and get everywhere.

We're going for function here, not beauty.

Now, get the rest of the frosting on there.  Lay it on reallll thick.  Like sarcasm.

Sprinkles anyone?

Ta daaaa! Aren't you impressed?  Now you can pipe your favorite roommate's name on top.  Apparently I need to work on my piping skills.  Pull away the parchment paper at the bottom, and you are ready to throw a birthday party.

I'll be expecting my cakes no later than the 8th of July.