Happy Sunday! I made a birthday cake for my friend’s little boy this weekend. This monster cake is quite simple to create and looks great (and the little man loved it!). I made a mini version as well cause we knew he would dig right in there – wanted to make sure we would get a taste as well 😉 Here is the recipe!
1¼ cups flour
1¼ tsp baking powder
½ tsp baking soda
½ tsp salt
2 large eggs, room temperature
¾ cup sugar
1½ tsp pure vanilla extract
½ cup canola oil
½ cup buttermilk (can also use 1/2 cup milk with 1/2 teaspoon white vinegar)
-Preheat the oven to 350°F.
-In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Set flour mix aside.
-Beat 2 eggs with the whisk attachment on medium speed (15-20 seconds).
-Add ¾ cup sugar and continue to beat on medium speed (30 seconds).
-Add vanilla and oil and beat on medium speed (1 minute).
-Reduce mixer speed to medium/low and slowly add about half of the flour mixture. Add half of the buttermilk, then the rest of the flour mix and the rest of the milk.
-Bake in 2 cake pans (grease and flour the pans) for about 15-20 minutes (or until toothpick comes out clean).
1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
3-4 cups powdered sugar, sifted
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
up to 4 tablespoons milk or heavy cream
-Beat butter for a few minutes on medium speed.
-Sift 3 cups of powdered sugar and turn your mixer on the lowest speed.
-Increase mixer speed to medium and add vanilla extract, salt, and 2 tablespoons of milk/cream and beat for 3 minutes.
-Adjust milk and sugar to get desired consistency. You can also add food coloring at this point.
-Beat at high speed for at least 2 mins for a light and fluffy frosting.
As for decorating, I first frosted the cake, then I used a Wilton #32 Tip and started decorating from the bottom all the way to the top. For eyes, I used white fondant cut into small round shapes and decorated with black frosting & used a bit of that same frosting for the mouth.