Last year I made my dad a birthday cake, a Mother's Day cake for a get-together with my mom's side of the family, and another cake just for my mom...all in one week. This year, for the sake of the shorts I finally made myself get down from the top of my closet, I could not make three cakes in one week. So I just made two. :)
One of the very first baking blogs I started following after I got in into blogging was I am Baker. She makes the most beautifully decorated cakes with surprises inside! And y'all know how I feel about surprises inside my baked goods. She also makes these gorgeous Rose Cakes. I've always loved how they look and have wanted to make one myself! And I recently saw this cake on Pinterest, and it was made to look like a cute bundle of flowers. So I sort of combined the two and made a bundle-of-roses cake.
(In case you didn't make the connection, the green stripes on the sides of the cake are supposed to be stems. Afterward, I realized there are probably much better ways of piping the frosting to make it look like actual flower stems. I just feel the need to point this out because when my mom first saw the cake, she was all, "Oh, it's gorgeous!" And I was like, "The green parts are supposed to be stems." And then she said, "OH, I get it now!" But everyone reassured me that they do indeed look like stems.)
My mom's side of the family went out for lunch on Saturday for Mother's Day and we had this cake afterward. As you can see in the picture below, the top layer of the cake slid during the car ride to my grandparent's house. Luckily my mom had already seen it and I'd already gotten some pictures of it. Of course, my family still oohed and awed over it. When we cut into the cake it just got worse, though. It was actually pretty funny. We ended up sticking toothpicks in it to keep it from completely falling apart while cutting slices. By the time it was all gone, there was frosting everywhere. But that's not necessarily a bad thing in my opinion.
One of the best things about this cake is that you can go all-store-bought or all-homemade. I chose to use a Strawberry box mix. Or you can make your favorite strawberry cake recipe from scratch. Or any recipe you want, really. I used store-bought strawberry frosting to put between the layers of cake and for the crumb coat. Sometimes I just really hate messing with food coloring, so I bought the lighter shade of green from the store as well. But I did get out my food coloring for the pink and darker green, which are both homemade buttercream frosting.
strawberry rose cake
1 strawberry cake mix (prepared & baked according to directions on the box)
1 can of Betty Crocker's whipped Strawberry Mist Frosting
1. Once cakes are completely cool, frost one layer with the Strawberry Mist Frosting.
2. Place the second layer on the first and cover the whole cake in a thin layer of frosting.
3. Next, place the cake in the freezer for about an hour, or until you can touch the frosting without smudging it.
4. While the cake is in the freezer, you can prepare the frosting.
1 cup butter (two sticks), room temperature and cut into tablespoons
2-3 tablespoons milk
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1. In a medium sized bowl + hand mixer, or in the bowl of a stand mixer, cream butter on medium speed until smooth and creamy. (About two minutes.)
2. Add vanilla and one tablespoon of milk. Mix well.
3. Add powdered sugar one cup at a time, mixing on low speed until mostly combined. Then mix on medium-high speed until completely incorporated. Scrape the sides of the bowl as needed.
4. Divide frosting into two bowls, about 1/3 in one for the dark green frosting and 2/3 in the other for the pink frosting. Stir in food coloring a little bit at a time until the desired shades are reached.
5. Take the cake out of the freezer and decorate!
You can pipe or spread the frosting onto the cake however you want. I used a small offset spatula to spread the green frosting onto the sides of the cake and I used a 1M Wilton decorating tip to pipe the roses onto the top. I am Baker also has a really great tutorial on how to pipe roses. You can watch it here!
*this blog will be moving to bethcakes.com at the end of May!*