I found the boys birthdays to be one of the most difficult allergy challenges we faced. I wanted my boys to have beautiful and memorable cakes like I had as a child. I had never really decorated cakes before... but I was grateful for all of the times my dad and I had decided to try and decorate cakes when I was in high school and for the cake decorating kit my mom had given me. So, I tried MANY, MANY frostings!!! The following two are now what I use to decorate all of my cakes. It is time consuming, but not difficult.
My cakes are truly a labor of love. I am not able to do it quickly at all (that might be the understatement of the year!) Every second I am in the kitchen is all about the person I am creating the cake for and luckily for my children, a safe treat for them as well. My cakes are full of mistakes. The most important thing is that my children are so very happy with my attempts and my love. I hope they will look back on their birthdays as adults, with fond memories of beautiful cakes. My oldest little guy is usually the designer and mommy becomes the creator.
I think this year will end up being Bubble Guppies for "B" and a How to Tame Your Dragon cake for our oldest little wonder... we'll see!
This is the frosting that I use to frost the whole cake. It is so sweet, yummy, light & creamy.
Fluffy Buttercream Frosting
- 1/2 cup Spectrum Shortening
- 1/2 cup Earth Balance
- 3 1/2 cups sifted powdered sugar (yes, sift!)
- 1 1/2 tsp gluten free vanilla extract
- 1/4 cup vanilla Hemp milk
1) Beat the shortening & earth Balance until fluffy. Add sugar and beat 3 minutes.
2) Add vanilla & Hemp milk beat another 5 to 7 minutes.
3) Dye to desired base colorings
*If you have a corn allergy, you can buy confectioners sugar at a health food store or online without corn starch.
This is the frosting that I create to decorate cakes with! Trust me anyone can do this!!!
- 4 cups confectioner's sugar
- 1 cup Spectrum Shortening
- 2 Tbsp water
- 1 tsp gluten free vanilla extract
In a large bowl, combine sugar, shortening, water, & vanilla. Beat on low speed to combine, then beat on medium a full 5 minutes.
|I learned an important lesson on this cake. Leveling of the cakes is a vital step in cake decorating.|