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coming up roses (frosting roses of course!)

Events. Questions. Cakes.  Oh my!

Pink Rose Cake ~ #rosecake #original #rosettecake

 

For all of the readers in South Dakota, I am having a book signing at Zandbroz in Sioux Falls on May 10th.  I will be there from 1:00-3:00pm.  Looking forward to meeting you!

Pink Rose Cake ~ #rosecake #original #rosettecake

 

May 15th - May 17th I will be in Miami for BlogHer Food.  So looking forward to this event!  If you happen to be a reader in the Miami area and want a book signed, please do let me know.  A few had asked so I set up some time; just email me if you want more details! (manda2177@gmail.com)

Pink Rose Cake ~ #rosecake #original #rosettecake

 

I have been so blessed and honored that you are still here, still visiting my little online home.  Your comments and kindness mean the world to me, so thank you.  Thank you for everything.

I have some really exciting changes coming up on my blog, with aesthetic changes and more focus on tutorials and even some new features designed especially to make your experience here better!  (And yes, a more efficient “search” option is included in that!)

Pink Rose Cake ~ #rosecake #original #rosettecake

 

This is my Pink Rose Cake.  I am really loving the soft pink paired with the crisp bold black cake stand.  What do you think?

If you want to see how I make a Rose Cake you can see my picture tutorial here.  If you want a video tutorial on how to make a Rosette Cake you can click here.

I use a Crusting Buttercream recipe when making the roses, but you can easily substitute your favorite frosting.

I also share a full video tutorial in my Craftsy class!  Over 1,500 people have taken the class so far, and the response has been great!

I have seen the students cakes and I am blown away by the talent.  You are all bringing fun and creativity into the world in the best way… with cake!!

I can’t wait to see how you will use the techniques to create your own designs.  So go get signed up for your very own class!

Pink Rose Cake ~ #rosecake #original #rosettecake #iambaker

 

And finally, please do consider getting a copy of my new book, surprise-inside cakes!  This book has been such a labor of love and I would be so grateful for you to get your very own copy. (It’s even discounted on Amazon for almost half off!)

The press for the book has been so humbling and wonderful, I am extremely thankful to all who have shared and been a part of the #surpriseinsidecakes experience!  (To fellow bloggers, if you have shared the book on your blog, please do send me a link so I can add it to the Press page!)

Pink Rose Cake ~ #rosecake #original #rosettecake #iambaker

 

And that’s what is happening in my world.  I hope that you are stopping to smell (and eat!) the roses in yours!

 

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The Perfect Chocolate Cake

It occurred to me that there are three things I have not done.

1. Updated the Best Chocolate Cake recipe.

2. Shared the perfect Chocolate Buttercream recipe.

3. Made a Chocolate Rose Cake.

The Perfect Chocolate Cake Recipe and Perfect Chocolate Buttercream

Well, I will remedy those three issues all in one post!

I have made no less than 56, 743 rose cakes in the last 2 years and NOT ONE has been all chocolate!

What to the what?  Insanity.

The Best Ever Chocolate Cake and Best Ever Chocolate Buttercream

This best ever chocolate cake recipe was originally published on my blog in 2010 and is from The Barefoot Contessa who adapted it from Hershey’s.

The Perfect Chocolate Cake

Ingredients

  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 3/4 cups good unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 extra-large eggs, at room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup freshly brewed hot coffee (I use decaf)

Instructions

  1. Sift the flour, sugar, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder, and salt into the bowl and mix until combined.
  2. In another bowl, combine the buttermilk, oil, eggs, and vanilla.
  3. With the mixer on low speed, slowly add the wet ingredients to the dry. With mixer still on low, add the coffee and stir just to combine, scraping the bottom of the bowl with a rubber spatula. Pour the batter into the prepared pans and bake for 35 to 40 minutes at 350, until a cake tester comes out clean.
  4. Cool in the pans for 30 minutes, then turn them out onto a cooling rack and cool completely.
  5. (I prepared my cakes in two 8in round cake pans then divided each layer after they had cooled to create four layers)
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The Perfect Chocolate Cake and Best Chocolate Buttercream #chocolatecake #cake #buttercream

The Perfect Chocolate Buttercream Frosting

Ingredients

  • 2 cups unsalted butter (4 sticks) at room temp.
  • 7½ cups powdered sugar (or one 2lb bag)
  • 1 cup good quality cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon table salt
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup whole milk or heavy cream

Instructions

  1. ***THIS RECIPE IS FOR A CHOCOLATE BUTTERCREAM ROSE CAKE. You may need to halve this recipe if you are not making buttercream roses!***
  2. Place room temperature butter and vanilla into a stand mixer and beat at medium-high for about three minutes. You want it to appear lighter and fluffier.
  3. While butter is in mixer add powdered sugar, cocoa, and salt to a bowl and mix with a whisk. (sift)
  4. With mixer off, add in one cup of the powdered sugar and cocoa mixture. Turn mixer on to low and then slowly add in remaining powdered sugar mixture, one cup at a time.
  5. With mixer still on low, add in milk. Turn mixer to medium high and blend for at least two minutes.
  6. Frosting will appear very light, but it will darken as it sets.
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Recipe adapted from Savory Sweet Life.

 

The Perfect Chocolate Cake and Perfect Chocolate Buttercream Frosting #chocolatecake #cake #buttercream #rosecake

 This is one of the best chocolate cake recipes I have ever had the pleasure of eating.  Its moist and fudgey but still has a light cake crumb.  Its got a depth of flavor (which I would attribute to the coffee) and a distinct rich deep chocolate essence.

If you are planing on making a chocolate rose cake as well, here are some posts to help you along.

Original Rose Cake – Photograph Tutorial

Rose Cake Tutorial on Youtube

The Perfect Birthday Rose Cake

Royal Wedding Rose Cake

Gender Reveal Rose Cake

Neapolitan Rose Cake (one of my favorite cakes of all time!)

The Perfect Chocolate Cake and Perfect Chocolate Buttercream #chocolatecake #cake #buttercream #rosecake

Next time you want the Perfect Chocolate Cake, you simply must make this one.

You won’t be sorry!

The Ultimate Chocolate Cake Recipe!

Once you get your chocolate fix be sure to try the Perfect White Cake!

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Neapolitan Rose Cake

UPDATED: Video Tutorial HERE

I am obsessed with Neapolitan lately.  And if you are friends with me on Instagram you already know this.


I shared this picture yesterday.  As well as another picture of the pre-frosted cakes the day before.

And I even made another Neapolitan Rose cake last week that was for the amazing staff of volunteers and teachers at my kids’ AWANA program.

But I digress.

I love Neapolitan.  I adore the ease and look of  my Rose Cake technique.

When I first did the Rose Cake back in Feb. of 2011, I had no idea it would take off like it did.  Its now being taught in Wilton course’s and being sold in bakeries across the world.

To say I am humbled by it all is putting it mildly!

So to be able to do something new (and delicious!)  with the sweet buttercream roses is so exciting.

For me, this was a match made in heaven.

Not only is the buttercream Neapolitan, but the cake flavors are as well.  I made a chocolate cake, a strawberry cake, and a white cake in 8in pans.  I only used one 8in layer of each flavor for this cake, so I popped the extra layers into the freezer.

I am going to whip up another one of these easy cakes to bring to a Mothers Day celebration this weekend!

I used a basic buttercream for the white and strawberry layers, but added 1 scant teaspoon of strawberry extract to the pink buttercream. (which I tinted with AmeriColor Soft Pink, quite possible my favorite ever brand)

I have been trying to use as many different frosting’s as possible with the rosette technique to determine if they will hold up.  I found this specific buttercream to be very durable as well as obnoxiously sweet.

Which is awesome.

Back to Basics Buttercream

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 two pound bag powder sugar (about 7-8 cups)
  • 1 tablespoon good quality vanilla
  • 4 tablespoons milk
  • dash salt

Instructions

  1. Put room temperature butter, vanilla, and salt into mixer. Add in powder sugar one cup at a time, alternating with the milk until you have used it all.
  2. If your frosting is too thick you can certainly add more milk. I found that this is the perfect consistency for me to pipe roses using the 1M or 2D tip.
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I made a batch up chocolate buttercream as well! (had to halve this recipe)

 

You really cant go wrong with a rose covered Neapolitan cake for mom!

Or you.  Just make it for you.  Its totally worth it.

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Rose Birthday Cake

Our sweet Audrey has a December birthday.

She is destined to share her special day with the red and green accents of Christmas and to recieve the dreaded “two-fer” gifts.
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So this year for her third birthday, I wanted to make her a cake that was all about her.

I asked her what she wanted.

Showed her pictures of cakes from previous years, let her dream and wish to her hearts delight.  It could be any color.  With any embellishment.

She picked the cake with the most possible frosting!

She is clearly her mothers daughter.

I wanted the cake to do double duty, so I made the top her “smash” cake.  We can remove it when it comes time to eat so she has her very own pink princess cake.  Since the roses are so easy to do, I will bring a bag of white frosting with me and just quick add some to the top before everyone else’s pieces are served.  (Here is the Rose Cake Tutorial)

She hasn’t actually seen it yet (as I hope to surprise her with it tomorrow) but I hope she likes it!

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You can also see my version of a Royal Wedding Rose Cake and the Original Rose Cake!