It was a very Barbie Birthday party this past weekend to celebrate my daughter’s 5th Birthday, and I couldn’t resist re-posting the cake recipe I use because it is just SO good and always gives me great results. This may be a yearly tradition with a new theme every year! So, once again I went to my go-to Birthday cake recipe from the The Complete Magnolia Bakery Cookbook. The Buttermilk Chocolate Cake with Vanilla Buttercream is absolute perfection. What better proof than 11 little girls (and one Daddy!) cleaning their plates.
My rather headstrong yet adorable little girl once again gave VERY precise instructions for her Birthday Cake (last year it was for her Ariel cake). She wanted her favourite chocolate cake, with “Barbie Pink” icing. I used Wilton gel colours in pink and sky blue, and I have to admit the match with Barbie colours was perfect! We found some candy embellishments at Michael’s as well as a candles to “Barbie-fy” the cake. I dusted the cake with pink and blue crystal sprinkles in matching shades of pink and blue, and lastly we decided to add some leftover Valentine’s heart sprinkles in pink and white to finish it off.
I am no expert cake decorator, I do my best, and my girls are always thrilled to have a homemade cake which is so sweet. I find you can always pick up store-bought embellishments to make the cake your own – sprinkles, candies, candles and more. So if you haven’t tried it yet, go for it, it’s not so scary and the cake and buttercream recipe is so delicious and is easy to follow. Have fun, get the kids involved and make your own special creation.
The recipe for the Buttermilk Chocolate Cake cake be found here along with the Vanilla Buttercream here. I make the cake recipe in one 9 x 13 baking pan, and make one whole batch of buttercream which covers the cake and gives extra for piping if desired. I like to use Wilton gel food colouring to colour my icing (I find mine at Michael’s).
Have fun and get baking for your next family celebration . . . maybe a cake for Easter? : )