Two of my loveliest gal pals share a birthday, and I wanted to make them something special! Although we were meeting at a restaurant, I thought a cute dessert would be appreciated (and it was!!). I chose to make the girliest cake I could possibly think of - pink fun-fetti with floral details!
I cheated - I have a baby, I'm sorry - and used a box cake mix, BUT!! I added a little bit of maraschino cherry juice for a little extra flavor! I also used a handy layer cake pan set to make five 6" round layers - this way you can bake all the layers at the same time, and color them differently! I made the top layer plain, then added a drop or two of coloring to the batter after pouring out each layer. It turned out so pretty!!
For the icing, I used my usual recipe plus a little extra oomph:
1 C vegetable shortening (i.e. Crisco)
4 C powdered sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp almond flavoring
1/2 tsp lemon flavoring
1 tsp cherry juice* (this was for fun, flavor, and color!)
milk or water for thinning
pink food coloring
I used my Wilton icing tip #104 to make rose-like swirls all over the cake. It didn't quite come together until the top was done, and I finally was happy with how it looked!
I think the birthday gals (and party guests!) were pretty happy to have a lady layer cake! And despite looking wee, it was INCREDIBLY tall so the whole cake easily fed about 12 of us. Hooray for party snacks!! Happy birthday, gals!!