Friday, December 9, 2011

thanksgiving birthday cake - pumpkin spice layer cake with browned butter cream cheese frosting piped roses


My cousin Yvonne's birthday was on Thanksgiving Day this year, and since the two of us are known to devour an entire pumpkin pie together, I decided to bake her a pumpkin spice layer cake.  I used a recipe from Martha Stewart's "Cupcakes" book, except instead of making cupcakes I made two 8-inch round cakes.


While the cakes were cooling, I started on the filling and the frosting.  I knew that I wanted to make brown butter cream cheese frosting (when I made that combination for my Halloween cupcakes, the flavors combined were delicious!), but I wanted the filling to be a bit lighter, since my family doesn't like desserts that are too sweet.  So I whipped up some fresh whipped cream, and then added about a cup or so of the brown butter cream cheese frosting to it, to make a lighter filling with the same flavors.


Once my cake was filled and stacked, I let it set in the fridge so that I could add color to my remaining frosting.  I was going for a peachy-pinky color, so I mixed pink with orange and a bit of yellow.  Once that was ready, I applied my crumb coat of frosting (this is to seal the cake and to prevent any cake crumbs from ruining the finished frosting).


Since the first roses cake I made was so popular (inspired from the rose cake tutorial by I Am Baker), I decided to decorate this cake the same way.  Using a 1M Wilton tip, I piped large roses all over the cake, and filled in the remaining spaces with swoops and swirls.  I loved the way the specks (from the browned butter) in the frosting showed through the peachy color of the frosting.  Although, while my frosting started out to be the perfect peachy color, after a few hours the color set and turned into more of a bright orange sherbet color!  It wasn't what I was originally going for, but it actually worked out to match the whole Thanksgiving theme of the cake.


The final touch was a homemade birthday banner for the cake, similar to the one I made for my son's Superman birthday cake.  I took differently patterned craft paper and cut small triangles out of them, then threaded them together with string and a sewing needle, and then wrote "HAPPY BIRTHDAY" on them.  Then I attached the two ends of the banner to bamboo skewers ... I attached double-sided tape on the skewers, wound the string around the sticky part of the skewer, and finally tied the string securely in a few knots.



It was the perfect combination of Thanksgiving flavors, birthday cake look-and-feel, and girliness with the roses and patterned banner.  Hope you enjoyed it, Yvonne!  Happy Birthday!!!



32 comments:

  1. This is such a pretty cake and the perfect flavor for a thanksgiving birthday! Nice job!

    ReplyDelete
  2. A gorgeous cake! I make Martha's pumpkin spice cake often, it is one of my favourite cake recipes!! just fabulous! Love the roses!

    ReplyDelete
  3. it looks so pretty! i love this kind of flowers on the cakes! kiss ♥

    ReplyDelete
  4. this looks seriously amazing! you are super talented

    ReplyDelete
  5. You are a super cake maker! This looks incredible! And it not only looks good, you can tell by the recipe that it TASTES good too :) Buzzed!

    ReplyDelete
  6. This has got to be the best frosted cake i've ever seen!

    ReplyDelete
  7. Super beautiful!!!!!!!!!!!! I hope your cousin enjoyed it. It looks divine.

    ReplyDelete
  8. Awesome cake... just love the roses n the colour...

    ReplyDelete
  9. That is the most gorgeous frosting I've ever seen!

    ReplyDelete
  10. Really gorgeous! Fabulous looking icing!

    ReplyDelete
  11. your cake layers came out beautifully. the roses are lovely. it sounds delish too!

    ReplyDelete
  12. Beautiful doesn't even begin to describe that cake. If it tasted half as good as it looks, it was probably devoured in a matter of minutes. Great job.

    ReplyDelete
  13. Congratulations, I´ll try roses, they look lovely.

    ReplyDelete
  14. What a lovely cake, I love how the roses looks on it, some day I have to try to make something like that.

    ReplyDelete
  15. you stole this technique from i am baker,the least you can do is tell people that.

    ReplyDelete
  16. @Amber - Sorry if it wasn't clear, I linked to my first post where I tried the roses icing where I mention I Am Baker's method.

    For those of you who don't know, here is I Am Baker's rose cake tutorial.
    http://iammommy.typepad.com/i_am_baker/2011/02/rose-cake-tutorial.html

    ReplyDelete
  17. Aww...I love the color! You are just getting better and better with the roses! You should make this cake in a rainbow of colors =).

    ReplyDelete
  18. This is so beautiful! I love the orange!

    ReplyDelete
  19. Hola!
    I love the roses, I love the color... I love your cake!

    ReplyDelete
  20. This is one of the prettiest of these types of cakes I've seen! The color is beautiful, too!!

    ReplyDelete
  21. WOW This cake looks SOOOOOO good! YUM! :D

    ReplyDelete
  22. This comment has been removed by the author.

    ReplyDelete
  23. Sorry I'm really stupid x( I cant find the exactly recipe of the frosting! Some said:
    1/2 pkg of cream cheese
    1/2 stick of butter
    about 1.5-2 cups of sugar
    vanilla extract
    But I dont know if this is right or not:( Can you tell me yours? Thanks!!

    ReplyDelete
  24. I think it looks AMAZING, first attempt or not! Thanks so much for sharing this technique. Really, you did a fantastic job!

    Cake toppers

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. @Jessica Mador - thank you! you're so sweet!

      Delete