I made my first attempt at decorating a birthday cake this weekend. If you've never done it before, trust me when I say those little squigglies and dots can be so hard!! A basic, two-layer cake took me two hours to put together, not including baking time. I cheated a little bit and used boxed cake mix, but the icing and strawberry filling were homemade. If you're curious, I used Smitten Kitchen's Swiss buttercream recipe for the frosting, with a small portion set aside for the blue dye. For the strawberry filling, I combined 2 and 1/2 cups chopped strawberries, 1 cup sugar, 1/2 water, and 2 and 1/2 tbsp. corn starch in a medium saucepan and brought all ingredients to a boil. Once the mixture was bubbling up with yumminess, I turned off the heat, transferred the filling to a bowl, and chilled it in the fridge while I made the icing. That's it! The decorating part is a whole other story. The writing ended up being a little crooked but by the time I got to the dots, I felt like a pro. (I didn't, actually, but I'm hoping that if I keep telling myself that then the next cake will be much easier! A girl can dream...)
Bottom layer getting filled
Final product, complete with candles and super messy squiggles
We polished off that bad boy in the blink of an eye!