Celebration Cake

Celebration Cake

celebration cake

DIRECTIONS

I started off by baking a few different layer of cakes. I baked a 9" layer in both purple and teal and an 8" layer in both colors too. I just used some cake mixes and food coloring, but you could definitely make a cake using your favorite recipe I used a butter cake mix, since it's a little denser and I knew I was layering the cakes.

Once the cakes are baked and cooled, level them off. I used a cake leveler , but you could also use a knife. A serrated or bread knife works great if you have one. I used mine to clean up the edges too. You can use the pieces of cake that you cut off to make these cake pops!

After you've got your cake layers all leveled off the next step is to start to stack them. Put a little spread of frosting on the cake stand that you're using. This just keeps things in place.
Starting with the 9" cake layers, I added the the purple layer to the center of the cake stand. Spread a generous amount of frosting on top of the cake. Center the 9" teal layer on top. Place a piece of parchment paper on your counter and then add the 8" purple layer, followed by frosting then the 8" teal layer. I made my cakes a little ahead of time so this was the point where I wanted to freeze my cake so I could decorate it a couple of days later. I lifted the 8" layers on top of the 9" layers, still on the parchment paper and froze them all together for a couple of days.

When you are ready to decorate the cakes leave the 9" layers on the cake stand and the 8" layers on the counter top still on the parchment paper. We want to frost the layers separately and then stack them. Start off with a crumb coat on both of the cake sections. A crumb coat is just a thin layer of under-frosting that helps to keep the crumbs away from the main frosting layer. It keeps things all neat! Once you have the crumb coat on refrigerate or put it in the freezer for a few minutes until the layer feels cold and firm, but not frozen.
After the crumb coating is set it is time for the outside layer of frosting. You'll want to make sure the frosting is the same color on the crumb coating and the outside later. I like to use an offset spatula to put on the frosting. It's the easiest way I've found to keep everything looking neat. Again, I like to put the cake in the fridge to set so it's easier to work with.
Once your final frosting layers are set simply stack the 8" section on top of the 9" cake piece. I like to do a little frosting around the edges to make everything look finished and neat. Simply put some frosting into a ziplock bag, cut a small corner off and pipe a little frosting around the edges of the cake.

Our final step is the chocolate letters. To make these I started by printing out some large letters from a word document about the size I wanted the final letters to be. Lay a piece of wax paper over the top of the letters. Taking some candy melts (or chocolate) in your desired color, melt them in the microwave on 50% power first for 1 minute and then for 30 seconds until the chocolate has melted. Be careful not to overcook and scorch the melts. Add the melted chocolate to a ziplock bag and cut off a small corner. Simply pipe over the letters onto the wax paper to create the letters. I added a little extra chocolate to the bottom to give the letters a little extra surface area to stick into the cake. Leave the chocolate to fully dry and harden.

Once they are all dry simply stick them in the top of the cake you you are done!

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