Zoe proved herself a natural pastry chef by her innate ability to beautifully decorate the cake. Not only could she handle a pastry bag with ease, she was able to write Happy Halloween quite legibly even though writing legibly with frosting is very challenging.
As always when I bake, there was a near disaster of sorts when the someone bumped into the oven and accidentally moved the dial from 350 to 450 degrees. The design of my oven (the nob sticks way out from the panel) invites this sort of thing all the time. Luckily, I checked the cakes after 15 minutes and not only were they done, they were almost charcoaled.
But, once the frosting was on (I used the buttercream recipe from the Magnolia Bakery), the cake was delicious, and quite gorgeous.
|ZOE SAID: SEE NO EVIL, HEAR NO EVIL, EAT NO EVIL (EXCEPT FOR DEMON CAKE)|
1 1/2 cups unsalted butter
8 - 10 cups confectioner's sugar
3/4 cup milk
1 tbs. vanilla extract
Place the butter in a mixing bowl. Add in five cups of sugar, then the milk and vanilla. On medium speed of an electric mixer, beat about 3-5 minutes or until smooth and creamy. Gradually add the remaining sugar, 1 cup at a time, beating about 2 minutes after each addition, until the icing is thick enough for good spreading consistency. You may not need all the sugar.