“If you don’t love yourself, how in the hell you gonna love somebody else?”

RuPaul

Make someone special’s next Valentine’s Day very special with this amazing pink cake!! And by someone special, I mean yourself. Because self-love is always important. And this recipe for self-love is an ultra-moist and flavorful vanilla cake colored a vibrant blush pink and covered in fluffy white vanilla buttercream! After all, just like RuPaul says, “If you don’t love yourself, how in the hell you gonna love somebody else?”

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Simply Self-Love Cake

Simply Self-Love Cake

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Additional Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 1/4 cups flour
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 stick butter at room temperature
  • 1 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 5 egg whites at room temperature
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons clear vanilla
  • 1 cup whole milk at room temperature
  • 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)
  • 1 PEEPS marshmallow heart
  • 1 lollipop stick
  • Pink food gel color

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.

Cake

  1. Whisk dry ingredients together.
  2. In another bowl, beat butter & sugar together until light & fluffy.
  3. Add oil & incorporate.
  4. Add egg whites & full incorporate.
  5. Add clear vanilla **regular vanilla will work just as well**
  6. Starting & ending with flour mixture, alternate between flour mixture & milk while being sure to whisk after each addition.
  7. Add in a few drops of pink food gel color and mix in on a low speed until color is fully incorporated.
  8. Bake for 30 - 35 minutes or until a cake tester comes out clean.

Vanilla Buttercream

  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)

Decorating

  1. Once cakes have cooled, level both cakes.
  2. With your first layer of cake on your cake turntable, pipe on a generous amount of vanilla buttercream and smooth over.
  3. Top with your second layer of cake.
  4. Starting from the bottom, and while rotating your cake turntable, pipe on vanilla buttercream in an upward motion.
  5. Using a cake frosting scraper, straight spatula, or offset spatula you will want to smooth your vanilla buttercream. The best way is to hold your smoothing tool upright and gently pressed against your cake while rotating your cake turntable.
  6. Smooth the top of your cake with an offset spatula.
  7. Set in fridge and allow to chill and set for 5 minutes.
  8. While your cake is chilling, take your lollipop stick and gently press it into the bottom of your PEEPS marshmallow heart.
  9. Pull you cake out of the fridge and stick your PEEPs marshmallow heart lollipop into the top of the cake so that the lollipop stick is pressed fully into the cake.
  10. Slice, serve, and enjoy with that special someone. Or even yourself if that special someone is you.

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.

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