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1, 2, 3, 4 Cake - American Cake - Plus Plus Plus
Unicorn Rainbow Crunch Cake.
Happy Birthday Ms. Chea

Someone had a birthday! It's her Birthday and on birthdays, at work, there is cake. She asked for an outrageous rainbowy cake. How can you say no to that face? There were donuts, plus got sung to a few times and even had original rap song written and performed for her, "Salad Bar Queen". Heaven help our school if there is ever a grown up people's talent show; I'd sign our group up in a minute. We wouldn't win, but we'd have fun; we always have fun.

The American Cake Book recipe isn't colorful, that's from some intense food coloring. Use paste or gel if you can, not liquid.  And I scaled the cake up by 1.5 to get my six colorful layers. I was looking for a good clean foundational cake and the 1, 2, 3, 4 Cake did the trick. I don't know if you can tell that the cake pan size is 6 inches, but it is. I just so happened to find the little cake stand at the thrift store a few weeks ago. Don't you love when that kind of thing happens?
ROYGBIV, minus the I 
The cake gets its name from 1 cup of butter, 2 cups sugar, 3 cups flour and 4 eggs. There's also 2.5 teaspoons of baking powder, 0.5 teaspoon salt, 1 cup milk and 1 teaspoon vanilla.

The trick is how you mix it. Cream the butter and sugar thoroughly, until it's fluffy. Add one egg at a time. In a separate bowl combine the flour, baking powder and salt. Add 1/3 of that to the butter mixture. Then add half the milk, the second third of flour, the second half of milk and then the last third of flour. At the the end add the vanilla. Beat it well between additions.

Pour into prepared pans, bake at 350, until done, cool and decorate.

To make the Fruity Pebbles Crunch:
5 cups Fruity Pebbles, cereal
0.5 cup milk powder
3 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon kosher salt
9 tablespoons butter, melted

Preheat oven 275 degrees.

In a medium bowl toss the cereal with the milk powder, sugar and salt. Pour the butter over the top and squeeze it together with your hands to where you get little clumps. Pour onto a parchment lined sheet pan and bake for 20 minutes. Cool and store in an airtight container.

Frosting:
1 pound unsalted butter
2 pounds powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
4 tablespoons half and half

Cream the butter, then add the powdered sugar. To that add vanilla and half and half. Add additional liquid, if needed to make a softer frosting.
It was tall. I used chopsticks to keep it upright.
Oh, and how to transport this very silly cake? Carefully! I put it on the lid of a big food storage container and put the container upside down on the lid. It was assembled with the new pony, on the cake stand, after I got to work. 

Do you have food traditions at your job? 
Silver Palate Carrot Cake - American Cake - Right On
Three giant layers of carrot cake! 

This recipe is a lot like my forever carrot cake but this one is in the book American Cakes.
Angie asked for carrot cake for her birthday and she loves coconut, so okay here we go. It's now going to be my future carrot cake! So good!
BTW, this is not in order or publication in the book...I know.

Carrot Cake
1 pound carrots, before you pare the tops
1.5 cup walnuts
3 cups flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon cinnamon
1 tablespoon baking soda
1.5 cup canola oil
3 cups sugar
4 eggs
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1.5 cup shredded coconut, sweetened or unsweetened
8 ounce can of crushed pineapple

Line 3 9-inch pans with parchment and spray liberally.
Preheat oven 350 degrees.

Toast the walnuts.
Grate the carrots and simmer in water for 10 minutes. Drain and squeeze out excess water.
Combine flour, salt, cinnamon and baking soda in bowl. In a mixing bowl combine oil and sugar. Cream. Add the eggs and vanilla. Into the wet mixture add the flour mixture. Once combined add carrots, walnuts and pineapple. Scrape the bowl. Divide batter equally between all three pans.

Bake 45-55 minutes until when you test it with a tester and it comes out clean. They will be darkish when done. Run a knife around the parameter of the pan before cooling.

Frost with Cream Cheese Frosting

16 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
12 tablespoons butter, room temperature
7 cups confectioners sugar
pinch of salt
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
zest of 1 lemon or 1 orange

Cream the butter and cream cheese until there are no lumps. Add the remaining ingredients. Whip until smooth.



Golden Almond Lemon Cake

Golden Almond Lemon Cake

How has April come and nearly gone without a post? So much for my once weekly commitment. 

April isn't over yet and I'm shooting for four posts before it's all said and done, so there! It's about striving towards a goal, is it not? 

I went surfing the web to find a recipe that fits the personality of Shelly for whom I made this cake. As always, if you work with me I make you a cake on your birthday. Easy are the people who put in specific requests. Cheesecake? Sure! Carrot Cake? No problem. But the vague, "surprise me" is fun and crazy making. 

I'm not beyond experimenting on a person's birthday cake. Other less adventurous people might feel the need to try a cake out before serving it to others. I have no such compunction. We all can be surprised together. I mean it's cake, how bad can it really be? 

So why this cake in particular? Mz. Shelly is both sunny like a lemon and a little nutty, like the almonds. She's also way more complex than you might imagine just at first glance. This cake looks regular but it has lemons and lemon oil, toasted almonds, sour cream, tons of butter and turbinado sugar. Sweet jesus, that is the whole she-bang. 

The photo above is yet another Bundt cake, in the same pretty swirly pan, but this one is fancier than what meets the eye. I found it on Pastry Joe, (where has he been all my life?) it's his take on Rose Levy Beranbaum's cake (she I have known about for 20 years.) Her Cake Bible is on my bookshelf and I go back to it all the time. Hey Julie/Julia fans, someone should recreate that book and blog about it. Maybe that's so like 2005?

I'd detail out the recipe, but there's a link and Joe covered it pretty well. Oh and I haven't tasted yet. There might be a post script about this whole thing.