Monday, June 20, 2011

Birthday Cakes for my children

My children both have birthdays the next two months - little sister in July and big brother in August. SO, I've started thinking about what to do for little sister's birthday cake. She LOVES horses, so I think I'm going to go with that - and I found a GREAT video tutorial and instructions with template at Betty Crocker.

They have lots of different tutorials for children's cakes, so I have a feeling I'll be going back there often!

Pony Cake

1box Betty Crocker® SuperMoist® yellow or devil’s food cake mix
Water, vegetable oil and eggs called for on cake mix box
1container (1 lb) Betty Crocker® Rich & Creamy vanilla frosting
Red liquid food color
1container (1 lb) Betty Crocker® Rich & Creamy chocolate frosting
Tray or cardboard (20x15 inches), covered with waxed paper or foil
1small round chocolate-covered creamy mint

  1. 1Heat oven to 350°F (325°F for dark or nonstick pan). Make and bake cake mix as directed on box for 2 (9-inch) round cake pans, using water, oil and eggs. Cool 10 minutes; remove cakes from pans to cooling racks. Cool completely, about 1 hour. Refrigerate or freeze cakes 1 hour until firm.
  2. 2Meanwhile, in small bowl, tint 1/4 cup vanilla frosting with red food color to make pink; place in resealable food-storage plastic freezer bag. Place 1/2 cup chocolate frosting in another resealable food-storage plastic freezer bag. Cut small tip off 1 bottom corner of each bag. In medium bowl, stir together remaining vanilla frosting and chocolate frosting to make light brown frosting.
  3. 3Using serrated knife, cut off rounded portion of top of each cake to make level. Turn cakes cut sides down. Cut cakes as shown in template. On tray, arrange cake pieces as shown in template, attaching pieces to each other and to tray with small amount of light brown frosting. To “crumb-coat” cake, spread thin layer of light brown frosting over entire cake to seal in crumbs. Refrigerate or freeze cake 30 to 60 minutes.
  4. 4Frost entire cake with light brown frosting. With pink frosting, pipe on blanket; spread with metal spatula to make smooth. With darker chocolate frosting, pipe number on blanket. Pipe on hooves; spread to make smooth. Pipe on mane and tail, leaving in long strands to look like hair. Attach mint for eye.

Thank you Betty Crocker!!!


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