I’ve cautioned in almost every post to make sure that the cake is fully cooled before spreading the frosting & today I am going to show you why….
Cactus Cake Fiasco:
Every time I look at this picture I get sad. This cake is a prime example of why you don’t rush when baking a cake! I was making this cake for a Mexican-themed dinner night at a friend’s house and was clearly running behind. I mixed the cake, popped it in the oven, got ready & realized that I hardly had any time for it to cool before frosting it. In hindsight, I should have probably just frosted/decorated the cake at my friend’s house, but I don’t typically like to do that- I love seeing my friends’ eyes light up when they see what I’ve brought. Anyway, when the cake came out of the oven, I only had about 10-15 minutes before I had to leave, so I put the cake in the freezer, hoping that it would cool enough to decorate. While I was mixing the frosting with green food coloring, I prayed that the cake would be ready. Five minutes in the freezer was NOT enough… As I was frosting the cake I immediately had a soupy mess on my hands. I nearly started to cry. I did my best to mop up the melted frosting sides with a knife & wet paper towel, but as you see from the picture (above) that didn’t do much. The cake was still yummy, but not quite what I’d hoped it would be…
- Mix your favorite cake mix from a pre-packaged mix or from scratch
- Pour cake batter into a 9 x 13 greased cake pan
- Bake in oven per cake mix/recipe instructions
- LET CAKE COOL (not too warm to the touch…at least 15-20 minutes)
Tip: If you don’t have much time, putting the cake in the refrigerator does help & cuts off about 5 minutes cooling time. Make sure you put the pan on a potholder, though, so you don’t melt or burn your refrigerator shelves!
- Cut out the shape of a cactus from the rectangle
- Mix about 2 cups yellow/white frosting with green food coloring
- Lather frosting on the cake, making sure to get all the edges
- Decorate cake with green decorators sugar or green sprinkles & green decorators frosting (from a tube) to make the cactus needles
Now a cake/cupcakes I’d like to make…Scarecrow Cupcakes
These little guys make me giggle! How cute?!
- Sugar Wafer Cookies- assorted colors if you can
- White frosting
- Candy corn
- Jelly beans
- Mini chocolate chips
- Bran cereal (All-Bran works well)
- Chocolate sprinkles
- Cupcake mix or large sugar cookies*
*NOTE: you can make these cute little scarecrows on large sugar cookies or on cupcakes- up to you!
- 1. Frost the top of each cookie or cupcake.
2. Cut a sugar wafer in half. Add a dollop of frosting to the top edge of the cookie/cupcake and stick a wafer half to it for a hat top.
4. Press pieces of bran cereal hair into the frosting around the hat.
5. For the face, press on a candy corn nose, mini chocolate chip eyes, and a chocolate sprinkle stitched mouth.
This scarecrow recipe was adapted from: http://familyfun.go.com/recipes/sweet-scarecrows-686957/