I have experienced a milestone.
That would be the first cake I’ve baked from scratch – ever! And not just any cake – Snickerdoodle Cake with Brown Sugar Cinnamon Buttercream, discovered a la Pinterest.
Sure, there are more important things I could have accomplished on my Sunday morning. But considering baking is one of my favorite hobbies…and I’ve done little to none of that over the past few months…and I’ve never mastered the basic art of baking a cake…
Well, it felt good.
I enjoyed my cake for breakfast with a green smoothie because, well, that’s what bloggers do.
I can’t tell you the next time I’ll bake a layer cake because – let’s be real – it’s quite the project (and considering how lopsided/messy mine turned out, clearly not that easy either). But I might as well take the opportunity to share some tips if you decide to take on this massive cake any time soon.
- my cakes had to bake 10 minutes longer than the recipe called for.
- I read in the comments that some people didn’t like the grittiness of the brown sugar in the buttercream, so I dissolved mine for a few minutes in about 1/4 cup water before adding to the mix. It seemed to work!
- I also read that others’ frosting turned really brown, so I kept the cinnamon in the buttercream at 1 teaspoon rather than 2.
- Lastly, I also read that others thought the buttercream was too sweet, so I used about 6-7 cups confectioner’s sugar rather than 8-9.
…See guys? I’m like, totally a cake expert now.
Have you ever baked a (layer) cake from scratch? Any suggestions for my next cake endeavor?