Cake final 2

There’s just something special about turning one year old.  It’s a milestone, an accomplishment, after twelve months of evolving and growing and turning into a little person with a distinctive personality.   No longer so helpless, but instead, much has happened – sitting up, crawling, maybe even walking, eating table food, sleeping through the night, playing pat-a-cake and sprouting some teeth . . . oh, the list goes on and on!

Truly something to celebrate.

We recently did just that for our little Gracie.   I enjoyed making her cake.  Nothing too elaborate.  She wouldn’t know of any imperfections, and it got the message across.

First Birthday

I started with a box cake mix.  White, of course.  I never like to use egg yolks in a white cake, whites only, and the result is a bright-as-snow cake.  I covered a cookie sheet with a piece of pink, plastic table cloth.  You could use mylar, or foil, too.   The day before, I baked the cake in a 13 x 9 pan, removed it from the pan, and cooled it completely.  Then I froze it.  Made for cutting the number one shape much, much easier.

One shapeA slab of frosting keeps the cake on the sheet.  The frosting is a recipe I’ve had for going on 40 years.  It came from the “cake lady” when we lived in western Nebraska.  Everyone ordered their special cakes from her.  She even did my wedding cake.  Years later, she was gracious enough to share her buttercream recipe with me, and I’ve used it for every cake and cookie that needed frosted since.

The sparkly balls are colorful Sixlets I found at Walmart.  So pretty!

Cake final 2

Be sure to frost the leftover cake, too, and make a special piece for that precious one-year-old!

Butter Cream Icing

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup Crisco
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 lb. powdered sugar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp coconut flavoring (almond is good, too)
  • Pinch of salt to cut sweetness
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder to cut hardness

Instructions

  1. Mix in order given. Double recipe to decorate a cake.

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I’m a wife to one, mom to four, grandmother to eight. . . and a romance novel writer! After publishing 14 western historical romances with traditional publishers, I self-published a contemporary romance before embarking on my new 1920s historical romantic suspense series, The Secret Six. Please do visit my website, www.pamcrooks.com, to learn more about my books, all available on Amazon as well as most other online booksellers.

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