Sunday, November 13, 2011

Swirl Cake with Easy Vanilla Buttercream Frosting

My husband and his Father were working on a new upper deck on Sunday and I was bored and decided to make a cake! I love making cakes and had to try out my new Fat Daddios Cake Pans (which are the best by the way)

I wanted to do a swirl cake and try to make my very first batch of Buttercream Frosting, in between feeding and watering the boys!

This is hands down the best cake I have ever made, that buttercream frosting is amazing, seriously. I will use this from now on!!!!

One note; this buttercream frosting is exactly enough to frost a 9 inch cake with a bit left over for decorating. There is not enough do use for filling.

1 box of chocolate cake mix
1 box of vanilla cake mix


Prepare the cakes mixes according to package directions, Spray your two 9 inch cake pans with my favorite option Bake Easy, add half of your chocolate mix to each pan and then add your vanilla batter or top.

Using a chop stick, make swirls in the mixture of the white and chocolate mixes (I use a figure 8 pattern)

Bake according to package directions or do what I do and bake at about 300 for as long as it takes (I learned that slow and low helps keep doming to a minimum)


3 cups confectioners' sugar
1 cup butter
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 to 2 tablespoons whipping cream

Directions In a standing mixer fitted with a whisk, mix together sugar and butter. Mix on low speed until well blended and then increase speed to medium and beat for another 3 minutes.

Add vanilla and cream and continue to beat on medium speed for 1 minute more, adding more cream if needed for spreading consistency.


I used an entire jar of my home made Strawberry Jam

Both of my cakes domed quite a lot so I used a long bread knife to cut off the domed part (save it for another use)

Place your 1st round down on your cake pedestal, using an offset spatula spread your jam all over the cake

Place your 2nd round upside down on top (the perfect side up)

Place a large amount of the buttercream frosting on the top of your cake, using an offset spatula spread around and down the side of the cake. I did not do a crumb layer as the amount of frosting does not allow it.

One thing I learned is to finish the frosting and make it smooth is to run your offset spatula under hot water and then wipe off and smooth things out.

I obviously used a pastry bag for the decorations and some sprinkles I found in the pantry!


Debbie said...

The cake is beautiful Cheryl and I just love sprinkles. So pretty! You haven't posted lately anything on Bella bout some new pics!

Lyndas recipe box said...

Beautiful cake Cheryl, and that frosting sounds awsome. I bet the addition of whipping cream made it especially good!
Looks like a professional job.

Patricia @ ButterYum said...

Your cake turned out very well. If you're ever interested in learning how to make Italian Meringue Buttercream, I have a tutorial on my blog. It has an amazing taste and texture.


teresa said...

oh wow, it's so PRETTY! this looks just divine, i'd love to sink a fork in a piece!

Foodiewife said...

Congrats! There is nothing like homemade buttercream frosting. Who needs that canned stuff? Lordy, I love me some home baked cake.

sophia said...

oooh. The frosting looks smooth as a baby's butt.

Pam said...

It looks so pretty! Miss you. xoxo

Anonymous said...

Waw, Cheryl! I am gobsmacked here!
What a fabulously looking decorated cake!

I like it a lot when you are feeling bored!

Jeff @ said...

This swirl cake is beautifully crafted and looks so delicious.

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