Simple Pink Cake
How were we inspired to make this Simple Pink Cake? This past week, we we’re scrolling through instagram and found a post by Happy to Wander of a church that was a pretty pink and looked like a mash up of birthday cake and cotton candy. She put the idea to bake something inspired by it into our heads, so this weekend we set to work! (Also, if you don’t, you need to follow her on Instagram and on her blog– she is hilarious and full of great info!)
And while we got a little heavy handed with the pink food coloring and it turned out a little pinker than we intended, this is what the church inspired us to make! (we also walked around the store about 10 times looking for cotton candy, but apparently since it’s not Easter anymore no one sells it??) What inspires you when you decorate your cakes?
What You’ll Need:
2 6 inch cakes, any flavor you want! (we went with a yellow cake)
Pink food coloring
Large, offset spatula
Step One: Stack and Crumb Coat Your Cakes
First, reserve about an 1/8 of you’re buttercream frosting and leave it white (for the decorations). Color the rest of the buttercream with the pink food coloring so that it is a light pink color. Start by leveling your cakes, you can either just use a serrated knife and pray to the cake gods that you’re good at this or use a cake leveler. We’re pretty bad at leveling cakes by hand (and by pretty bad we mean terrible, horrendous, and any other synonym you can think of), so we use a cake leveler.
Once you’re cakes are level, stack them, with a generous layer of frosting between. Once the cakes are stacked it’s time to crumb coat! This is the best part because it doesn’t have to be perfect or pretty. In fact, it’s not supposed to be! This is just a thin layer of frosting that catches all the crumbs and traps them, so they can’t make it into your final coating. It’s like the Super Hero’s man in the chair, does all the work, but doesn’t get any of the credit. Anyway, once it’s crumb coated, pop it into the fridge and let it be for 30 minutes. This is what Netflix and Chill really means y’all and thats that.
Step Two: Final Coat the Cake
Alright, now let’s decorate it! We’re almost done! Now that the cake has refrigerated and we’ve all watched way too much Netflix, we get to the fun part! Using your offset spatula, use the rest of your pink frosting to put a final, smooth coat of frosting on the cake.
Step Three: Final Decorations
In this step, we’ll add the shells and sprinkles to the top and bottom of the cake. Fill a piping bag fitted with the #2D tip with white frosting. To make a shell, hold the bag at about a 45 degree angle. Squeeze the bag and let the frosting push the tip up. Squeeze the bag lighter and pull it toward you, forming a little “trail” behind the shell. Start your next shell where that one ends. Once you’re done with the top, sprinkle with silver sprinkles and repeat on the bottom.
*Dusts powdered sugar off hands*
*Wipes frosting out of hair*
See, three easy steps! That wasn’t so bad. And if we’ve confused you at all here or you’re just a visual learner, we’ve made a video so you can see us doing all these steps:
Thanks for reading! If you want to learn more about how we bake sustainably, check out our Start Here Page. We hope you have a wonderful day and a cake filled week! If you have any questions, comments, or think of something we should make, let us know in the comments below or get in touch with us on our contact page! Here’s to safe travels, delicious cakes, and cookie jars that are always full!