Thankfully, Anna offered her house for the party. When we arrived, we quickly hung the lanterns and balloon wreath. It was a party set for a princess!
There was pizza, grapes, strawberries...and cheese puffs. Apparently, those are necessary for a birthday party. Go figure!
Then K opened presents. She got lots of fun things and seemed to enjoy herself. After that was cake time. I decided to make a castle cake...and then, under inspiration from Sweetnicks, decided to make it a RAINBOW castle!
The frustration came at this point...the smaller turrets kept kicking out...they wouldn't sit flat. K even came up to me and said "What you need, Claire?" So sweet! At that point, I took a deep breath and thought...hello! Cut out some cake so that it can sit flat! Perfect! K loved the cake. She asked if a princess was inside. :-) I did make the cake from scratch and felt that it turned out perfectly. A little bit denser than your typical cake mix...but it was fresh and nicely flavored.
White Cake from King Arthur
2 3/4 cups King Arthur Unbleached Cake Flour Blend
1 2/3 cups sugar
1 Tablespoon baking powder
3/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup (12 tablespoons) unsalted butter, softened
3 large eggs whites plus 1 whole large egg
1 cup fat free vanilla yogurt or milk
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
Preheat the oven to 350°F. Prepare pan with Baking spray (contains flour...this stuff is GREAT!) (two 8" x 2" or 9" x 2" round pans; a 9" x 13" pan; or 2 standard cupcake pans (20 to 24 cupcakes) - I used a large silicone cupcake pan putting half the batter in the bottom and half the batter in the top.).
Mix all of the dry ingredients on slow speed to blend. Add the soft butter and mix until evenly crumbly, like fine damp sand. It may form a paste, depending on the temperature of the butter and how much it's mixed. Add the egg whites one at a time, then the whole egg, beating well after each addition to begin building the structure of the cake. Scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl after each addition.
*For rainbow cake, divide the batter into equal portions (six for full rainbow) and make desired colors. If using a cupcake pan, put red, orange, yellow batters into bottom pan (from bottom up) and purple, blue, green in top pan (from tip (small end) up). To get vibrant colors you will need to use a lot of food coloring.
12 tablespoons butter
4 cups powdered sugar
1 teaspoon salt
2-3 tablespoons milk
Cream butter in a mixer. Add in 4 cups powdered sugar 1/2 cup at a time. Add salt. Then add milk. The icing was perfect at this point for me. If you desire it to be thicker, add more sugar.
Bake cake in a large cupcake pan and allow to cool completely.