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Birthday Princess Cake

Contest Photo by: DisneyFamily_Team
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Recipe Ingredients

2 boxes white cake mix, plus ingredients required for preparing cake
Clear vanilla extract
8 sticks butter, softened
Red food coloring
Large decorating sprinkles
4 cups powdered sugar (approximately)
Plastic princess crown

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line the bottom of a 10-inch and an 8-inch cake pan with parchment paper. Spray with cooking spray.

  • Prepare cake mixes according to package directions, substituting milk for oil and adding 2 tsps. of vanilla extract. Pour evenly into two pans. Bake until a skewer inserted in the center comes out clean (approx. 22-25 minutes, depending on oven; check cakes beginning around 18 minutes). The 8-in cake will probably be done baking before the 10-in cake.

  • Allow cakes to cool completely on a cooling rack. Remove from pans.

  • In a mixer, mix the softened butter until creamy. Add 2 tsps. of vanilla extract. Gradually add in powdered sugar, mixing well after each addition. Continue adding powdered sugar until frosting is light and fluffy. Gradually add in red food coloring, one drop at a time, until a desired pink color is attained.

  • Use a serrated knife to even out the two cake layers. Use a dollop of frosting to secure the 10-in cake to a cake board. Apply a thin layer of frosting to the bottom cake layer.

  • Allow frosting to set for 10 minutes. Cover entire cake with another layer of frosting, making sure the frosting is smooth and even over entire cake.

  • Fill a cake decorating bag with frosting. Using a star tip, pipe decorations around edges and side of the cake layers (refer to picture). Use a small round tip to pipe icing swags on second layer of tap. Add large decorating sprinkles to cake layers (refer to picture.)

  • Place princess crown on the top of the cake.

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    • Avoid clutter. Keep the background simple -- your cake is the star!
    • Daytime, natural light is best. If your area is bright enough, try taking the photo without the flash. To brighten up your space for non-flash photos,
    • You can use a silver platter or other reflective surface under your cake.
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    • With a digital camera, you can take as many photos as possible and choose the best one. Have fun!