How are you celebrating your Valentine's Day...cookies, cupcakes or cake?
Baked sweets are a must for Valentine's Day! if you haven't figure out yet what to do, here's an easy recipe for a glorious homemade cake full of flavor...
Vanilla Cake with Vanilla Buttercream and Milky Way filling with an M&M's cover!
It will look just like this one...
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
8 tablespoons (1 stick unsalted butter, room temperature)
1 cup sugar
3 large eggs
1 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
3/4 cup milk
1 Milky Way chocolate bar
1 1/2 cup M&M's in your favorite colors
I used 2 baking pans - 6" ea.
Baking tip #24
1. Heat oven to 350 degrees.
2. In a medium bowl, sift together flour, baking powder and salt. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs one at the time, scrape down bowl, and beat in vanilla extract.
3. Add flour mixture and milk alternatively, beginning and ending with flour.
4. Spray your baking pans with baking butter and pour the batter in equal amounts to both of your pans. Bake until golden, about 35 minutes. Rotate the pan if needed. Transfer to wire rack; cool completely.
Vanilla Buttercream - makes 1 cup
(I used this recipe multiplied for 3)
4 tablespoon unsalted butter
2 cups powder sugar
2 tablespoons of milk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 pinch of salt
Cream butter with powder sugar and add the rest of the ingredients accordingly. You can add powder sugar as you go depending on how you like the consistency.
What to do
Place your first layer of cake on top of your cakeboard. Ice around the edge and top with Milky Way slices.
Then place the second layer of cake on top of the first one and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes, this will help your cke to sit better and it will be easier to ice it.
Take your cake out of the fridge and ice your cake with the rest of the buttercream, make sure you cover all of your cake because this will be part of the design. A white background to contrast against the color of your M&M's.
Once you finished icing your cake, place it again in the fridge for another 30 minutes. Bring back out again and start decorating the wall of your cake with M&M's.
The top of your cake will be piped with buttercream. I used a baking tip #24, but you can use whatever you have in hand.
♥ Happy Valentine's Day ♥