“Link, you may not be at point where you have fully recovered your power, or all of your memories…But courage need not be remembered, for it is never forgotten!”

– Princess Zelda

Before you go jumping off the Great Plateau to slay guardians, be sure to grab a slice of my Vanilla Marshmallow Cake with White Chocolate Ganache Drip and Vanilla Buttercream.

Zelda was the very first game I owned as a kid. So many memories of blowing out the dust from my gold cartridge Zelda game for NES. The joys of nostalgic video games. But, Zelda Breath of the Wild was the game I didn’t know I needed until I was playing it. I loved it so much that I’m playing it for a second time before the sequel and Zelda: Link’s Awakening.

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This cake decorating tutorial uses both my Best Vanilla Cake recipe & my Foolproof Vanilla Buttercream recipes. Check them out below:

Amazing Yellow Cake

Amazing Yellow Cake

Yield: 2 8-Inch Layers
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Additional Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes

Back to basics with the best and only vanilla cake recipe you will ever need.

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 4 eggs, room temperature
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 sticks butter, room temperature
  • 3 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 cup sour cream, room temperature

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, & salt.
  3. In separate bowl, beat eggs & sugar until light & creamy.
  4. Add butter & vanilla.
  5. Beat on low speed.
  6. Mix in dry ingredients on low speed until just blended.
  7. Add sour cream & mix on a low speed until batter is creamy & smooth.
  8. Bake for 30 - 35 minutes or until your cake tester comes out clean.

Notes

  • Room Temperature Ingredients: Be sure to allow your dairy ingredients to reach room temperature. Room temperature ingredients not only combine more effortlessly (no over-mixing needed) but they also trap air so much better. This trap air will expand and produce a fluffy texture during your baking process.
  • Prepared Pan: There will always be the "next best way to prepare your pan" article. Simply put however, the most effective way i find in my kitchen is a light rub of shortening around the sides, parchment paper on the bottom of the pan, & a very light dusting of flour (cocoa powder for chocolate baked goods) all throughout.

Additionally, you’ll need at least one bag of mini marshmallows — or more. I mean who am I to judge? — As well as 6 ounces of yellow fondant and sky blue food gel coloring.

Now for these cake layers, I opted for 6″ round layers. While your cakes, in your preferred round sizes, are baking and cooling you can start whipping up your Foolproof Vanilla Buttercream.

Essential Vanilla Buttercream

Essential Vanilla Buttercream

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

Simple & easy to follow vanilla buttercream recipe.

Ingredients

  • 1 stick butter at room temperature (see notes)
  • 1/2 cup vegetable shortening
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 4 cups powdered sugar, sifted (see notes)
  • 4 tablespoons heavy cream at room temperature (see notes)

Instructions

  1. If not already done prior, sift 4 cups of powdered sugar. When finished, measure out 4 cups of sifted powdered sugar and put away what’s left.
  2. Beat butter and shortening together until both are well combined, light, and fluffy.
  3. Beat in the vanilla extract.
  4. Place your stand mixer, or hand mixer, on the lowest possible setting. Begin to slowly and gradually add in your powdered sugar 1/2 cup at a time. (see notes)
  5. Add in heavy cream, 1 tablespoon at a time, while beating buttercream at a medium speed until light & fluffy. (see notes)

Notes

  • If you’d prefer to skip the shortening, simply swap it out with 1 additional stick of room temperature butter.
  • If you’d prefer a more white, stiffer, buttercream then simply omit the butter & replace with 1 additional cup of shortening. Also be sure to swap out the vanilla extract for clear vanilla extract.
  • Make sure you sift your powdered sugar. This will help the sugar mix into the butter & shortening smoothly.
  • When all your powdered sugar has been added in, the buttercream will appear dry. Don’t raise the alarms. When adding in your milk or heavy cream, your buttercream will start to have the fluffy texture it‘s known for.
  • Keep in mind that your heavy cream should be added in 1 tablespoon at a time. I do this way to make sure I am not drowning my buttercream to the point of a soupy mess.
  • Also worth mentioning, if desired, you can easily swap out the heavy cream for equal parts of your preferred milk.
  • Room Temperature Ingredients: Be sure to allow your dairy ingredients to reach room temperature. Room temperature ingredients not only combine more effortlessly (no over-mixing needed) but they also trap air so much better. This trap air will expand and produce a fluffy texture during your baking process.
  • Prepared Pan: There will always be the "next best way to prepare your pan" article. Simply put however, the most effective way i find in my kitchen is a light rub of shortening around the sides, parchment paper on the bottom of the pan (for majority of baking pans), & a very light dusting of flour (cocoa powder for chocolate baked goods) all throughout.

After you’ve whipped up your buttercream, you’ll want to add 4 drops of sky blue food gel coloring. Once your drops are added, give your buttercream a good whip for another minute or until all the color is incorporated.

Once your cakes are cooled, go ahead and level each one for easier stacking. Starting with your first layer, pipe a boarder of buttercream about the cake and fill with more buttercream. Sprinkle on some mini marshmallows and add your next layer of vanilla cake. You’ll continue these steps until you place your last layer of cake on top.

Next you’ll cover the cake, including the top, with your blue buttercream. To get a nice smooth finish, slowly rotate your cake turntable while applying light pressure on your bench scraper against the cake. Let your turntable do all the work while you maintain that light pressure and rotate the turntable. Once you have that nice smooth finish, grab an offset spatula and smooth the top of the cake.

Now for the white chocolate ganache. This can easily be swapped out for white candy melts given that white chocolate can be stubborn to melt unlike regular chocolate. But if you want to go the white chocolate ganache route, be sure to check the video on my tips for a nice silky white chocolate ganache.

We are then going to rotate the cake turntable as we add nice layer of chocolate ganache (or white candy melts) on the rim of the cake and the entire layer of the top cake.

Finally we are going to top it off with swirls of blue buttercream and mini marshmallows.

For the true nerdy dessert lovers and gamers (much like myself), we are going to add our iconic geometric triforce decoration. At times, big dramatic decorations on a cake are eye catching. However sometimes a subtle decoration can say so much. So that’s what we are doing here.

All you have to do is take your yellow fondant, roll it out until it’s about 1″ thick and cut out 3 simple triangles. Than, in good Zelda fashion, cut out a symmetrical triangle int he middle of your bigger triangle. Not familiar with the triforce? (if that’s even possible) Here is my Zelda lamp for an idea.

Once you have your three triforce triangles, place them on top of your cake to resemble a pyramid shape.

And that’s all there is to it. This is a simple and tasty cake not only for that special nerdy gamer in your life but also for any marshmallow lover.

Kitchen Note(s):

  • Room Temperature Ingredients: Be sure to allow your dairy ingredients to reach room temperature. Room temperature ingredients not only combine more effortlessly (no over-mixing needed) but they also trap air so much better. This trap air will expand and produce a fluffy texture during your baking process.
  • Prepared Pan: There will always be the “next best way to prepare your pan” article. Simply put however, the most effective way i find in my kitchen is a light rub of shortening around the sides, parchment paper on the bottom of the pan (for majority of baking pans), & a very light dusting of flour (cocoa powder for chocolate baked goods) all throughout.

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