Oh Sweet Day!

Yellow Butter Cake with Vanilla Swiss Meringue Buttercream

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If you wonder what is the occasion for this cake? My answer is, “COMPLETELY NOTHING. My kids are just too obsessed about cakes and birthdays, not necessarily any birthday cake of any kind.”

Probably after Ethan turned 3 years old, he started to associate cakes with birthday. Whenever he sees a cake, he will request to put the candle, blow the fire, and automatically sing, “Happy Birthday to You. Happy Birthday to You. Happy Birthday to Ethan……” And yes, every time it must be HIS birthday. And Maya will just drop whatever she’s doing, jump on the highchair, clap her hands like nuts and get ready to dive into the cake.

And now I’m obliged to make every cake look celebratory.

Ingredients (8-inch 2-layer cake):

Yellow Butter Cake
6 large egg yolks
1 cup milk
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
3 cups sifted cake flour
1 1/2 cups granulated white sugar
2 tablespoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
12 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature and cut into pieces
Vanilla Swiss Meringue Buttercream
3 large egg whites
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 sticks unsalted butter, softened
1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
pinch of salt
1/2 teaspoon food coloring of your choice
Others
2 tablespoons sprinkles
 

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350F.  Grease two 8-inch cake pans, line bottoms with parchment paper. Set aside.

To prepare the cake, lightly combine the egg yolks in a bowl, add 1/4 cup milk and vanilla extract.

In the bowl of your electric mixer, combine flour, sugar, baking powder and salt on low speed. Add butter and remaining 3/4 cup milk. Mix until the dry ingredients are moistened.

Increase the mixer speed to medium and beat for about 2 minutes. Scrape down the sides and the bottom of the bowl.

Gradually add the egg mixture, in 3 additions, beating well to incorporate the egg.

Divide the batter and pour into the prepared pans, smoothing the surface with a spatula. Bake 25 to 35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the cake comes out clean.

Place the cakes (in  the pans) on a wire rack to cool. Then invert the cakes onto a greased rack.  Cool completely before frosting.

To prepare the buttercream, put egg whites and sugar in a mixing bowl over a pot of  simmering water. Use an electric hand mixer to beat constantly  until  the  sugar has completely dissolved and the egg whites are hot. Remove from heat.

With whisk attachment, continue whipping the mixture in a standing mixer until thick, glossy, and cool.

Switch over to paddle attachment. While mixing on medium speed, continuously add softened butter in chunks until incorporated, and mix until it has reached a silky smooth texture. If curdles, keep mixing and it will come back to smooth.  Add vanilla and salt, mix well.

Right before frosting the cake, add the food coloring in the buttercream and  beat  for  another  10  seconds,  or  until  the  color  are evenly distributed.

To assemble the cake,  place one cake layer on your serving plate and spread with 1/3 of the buttercream. Place another cake layer on top, and gently press down a little bit.  Spread with another 1/3 of the buttercream. Smear the remaining 1/3 of the buttercream on the sides of the cake, and garnish with the sprinkles.

Cover and refrigerate the cake. Leave out in room temperature for at least an hour prior to serving.

9 Comments

  1. This has got to be the best green cake i’ve ever seen!

  2. A cake for no reason is the best kind of cake! This is so beautiful!

  3. Looks yummy! How much food coloring did you use to get that color?

  4. LOL! Great post. I love how it’s always Ethan’s birthday!! Must be a fun life. :) The cake looks fantastic, great recipe!

  5. Thats hilarious. This is an awesomely cool looking cake – birthday or not. My boyfriend doesn’t even want his birthday acknowledged next week, maybe I can get around it when I do make his cake by telling him this story.

  6. I love this bright green cake! My chef instructors always told me not to use bright colours when making dessert, but to hell with them — sometimes a big, bold, burst of colour is exactly what dessert needs.

    Also, your cake masking skills: totally pro. :D

  7. A cake for no other reason but to enjoy life and be merry! That’s just delightful! And I bet it was really rich and delicious too!

    Happy Holidays & Warm Wishes for a Peaceful & Prosperous 2012

  8. The cake looks so good,I love the color and vanilla swiss meringue buttercream sound really yummy,best part of the cake :)

  9. I would love to have cake just cause….and sing happy birthday. That cake looks so fun.

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