Monday, February 14, 2011

French Vanilla Valentines Day Cake

French Vanilla Valentines Day Cake


• 2 boxed French vanilla cakes mixes
• 6 eggs
• 1 cup vegetable oil
• 2 cups of water
• 1 teaspoon of Madagascar Vanilla extract

Butter cream icing

• 1 cup Crisco butter flavor shortening
• 1 Tablespoon deluxe white vanilla
• 5 teaspoons milk
• 1 pound pure cane confectioners’ sugar
• 1 Tablespoon meringue powder


• 1 jar of your favorite fruit jam


• Roses and other edible decorations can be bought at your local Michaels Store


 Preheat the oven to 350
 Spray the 2 cake pans with nonstick spray
 Pour both of the cakes mixes into a mixer and follow the directions
 Once mixed thoroughly pour into the cake pans and bake for approximately 30-40 minutes
 While the cake is baking add the Crisco shortening into a mixer and cream it with the sugar and the meringue on low speed to avoid a mess
 Once fully incorporated add the vanilla and milk and mix a little at a time on medium speed
 Once fully incorporated and no more dry or wet areas take out and put into a bowl with plastic wrap over it to prevent it from hardening or drying
 Once the cakes are cook to perfection take them out and let them cool for about 15-20 minutes
 Fill a piping bag with your plain white buttercream
 Pipe around the top of your bottom cake about 1/4 inches away from the edge
 Add the filling of your choice into the middle of the buttercream barrier you have made
 Make sure not to pour too much where it overflows over the buttercream*
 Gently and slowly add the top cake onto it and press gently the 2 pieces together so that the buttercream in a way glues them together
 Use your piping bag to pipe more buttercream around the edges where you can see the gap between the two cakes so that they are sealed
 Grab your buttercream and an angled spatula and gently and carefully spread it all over the top of your cake
 Using the buttercream spread it on the sides of the cake and smooth away any lumps and also on the top.
 Let it sit for about 15-30 minutes so that the buttercream can harden a little
 When you can gently touch the cake and it is hardened then you can finish it with your own designs

***Design ideas are also at:
To have colored frosting you would use buttercream and icing coloring and with a toothpick dip into the coloring and put it into your buttercream.
A little goes a long way***

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