August 2, 2012

Millie's Second Birthday- Vintage Country Sweet Party {Part 2- The Rose Cake and Menu}


I want to write about this cake first- you have no idea. But first, a very quick rundown of the menu:
I served a simple country menu of crockpot barbeque chicken (shredded and on buns), sweet corn, homemade macaroni and cheese, chips, and Rice Krispie treats with a few dashes of sprinkles thrown in for fun (click on links for the recipes). I found some great red and white checkered plates and napkins at the Dollar Store, too.




Okay, now the good stuff. The main reason for a birthday party- at least, in my opinion? The cake.

I decided to work up some courage and make my own icing as well as decorated the cake. It's the fanciest I've ever done (even though it ended up being really easy!) so I was proud I didn't ruin it! I made a simple cherry chip cake from a box mix and I used I Am Baker's "Perfect Crusting Buttercream" recipe, but tweaked it a little to the following after reading through the comments:

Adapted Crusting Buttercream
Entire 2lb bag of powdered sugar (8 cups)
3/4 milk Crisco
1/4 cup salted butter
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 tsp almond extract
1/4 tsp butter flavoring
3/4 cup milk 

(I also added the tiniest bit of Red Wilton Icing Color for the pink shade.)

And can I just say when she actually responded to my comment with, "What a great adaptation!! Well done!", I was beaming. Anyhow, you can find the rose cake tutorial here. I also watched her video about 5 times in a row, and that helped me get it down a bit better. Although it does make a lot of icing, I ended up having just enough.  (You can find the printable cake bunting here.)







Like my apron? I love it! My mom made it for me out of vintage fabrics, and I think it's so sweet!





The finished product.


Millie approved, and I got to eat a couple leftovers slices, so everyone was happy!

24 kind comments from you:

Jen said...

The cake came out beautiful! Great job. :)

Marinewife1111 {Marcella} said...

Oh my word, that is ADORABLE and looks totally yummy I might add!!

Amanda C. said...

the cake is gorgeous!!!! you did such an awesome job!

Michelle said...

Wow, Erika, that cake is absolutely fabulous, and I'm in awe of your cake baking/decorating talents. And it looks like Millie approves. :)

Chantal said...

That cake is so awesome! I'm afraid the cake I make for Penny is going to look like a big lump :P

Mrs.B said...

That cake is gorgeous and it looks delicious.

Nicole said...

That cake is gorgeous! I loved how Millie's party turned out!

Sarah said...

You did a great job on that cake! And I love the pics of Millie watching you decorate it.

Karen said...

The cake looks awesome!! Great work :) Love the pictures!

greaterexp said...

That cake looks like something out of a posh bakery! Millie is so fortunate to have a mom that wants to make everything special for her. I'm so glad you took lots of pictures.

JG said...

I am so incredibly impressed with that cake! Fantastic job!

Lydia said...

Beautiful cake, and I love the birthday theme idea! I've been wracking my brain for ideas for my son's upcoming 2nd birthday.

Mel said...

So sweet! Great job, momma!

ginanorma said...

Erika you really put a lot of work into this party, how amazing are you? Making that cake! I've never heard of cherry's in the grocery isle?
That frosting sounds ah-mazing, I have to try that recipe, but I don't think I could pull off those rosettes like you did:o

The mac n cheese looks divine too, good good job mama!!!

beka said...

1. you're gorgeous.
2. that cake turned out great! it's so pretty!!!
3. she's getting soooo big.....why?! :\
4. that apron. i want one. how much would one like that cost?? i collect the things....

Glampire Victoria McEwan said...

That all looks amazing and such gorgeous photo's. I hope she had a great birthday. I am trying to get my followers up at the moment so if you like what you see I will greatly appreciate your follow :). If you already follow I apologise.


Fran said...

Son, that cake is AWESOME. I proclaim you as my cake maker for my next birthday.

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

Happy 2nd birthday to Millie! The cake you made for her was beautiful!

Thanks for your comment on my blog --good luck in the sweepstakes!

____j said...

Your menu sounds awesome! And you did such a great job on that cake! It looks adorable!

Cat said...

You did a great job!

Michelle said...

That cake is AMAZING! I'm so impressed! I've always wanted to try something like that.

I think there is drool all over my desk from reading that menu. Oh my gosh.

Anonymous said...

What a gorgeous cake!! My favorite memories of all of my birthdays growing up were the cakes my mom hand-decorated.

Samara said...

That cake is amazing!!!!! Stunning- I might give it a go for my birthday cake :-) Good work mum!

charla beth said...

oh my goodness, that cake is soo gorgeous. look at you lil susie homemaker:)

p.s. you are so pretty:) love all these pictures!

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