rainbow cake

So last week I gave you a little talk about real talk.  Basically, I don’t want to be a confectioners-sugar-dusted-phoney.  That’s why I’ve decided to get crazy with some real-life confessions on here.

Confessions. That’s a scary word.

So here it goes, here’s my first confession.

I like reading Craigslist Personal Ads.

Disclaimer: I would never ever ever in a million years even think about posting an ad on Craigslist (or answer one), but I like to read them.

Yes, some are creepy, some are weird (ex. “I enjoy theatrical-quality tomfoolery”…what), and some are downright fake.  But some are nice.  My favorites are in the “missed connections” forum.

This is where people leave messages hoping to find people they’ve crossed paths with.  There is something less sinister about this forum than the others, no creepy requests, no augmented biographies pleading for a date.  Instead, there’s a sort-of-sad sad sincerity in these posts.

These people couldn’t get a face/aura out of their mind all day, and are now beating themselves up for not saying anything. There is hope and regret intertwined in all of the posts (“I would have talked to you but I was too shy”).  The regret of not seizing the moment, the hope that maybe this little “message in a bottle” (via Craigslist) will miraculously reach that special person.

The sweet, sad thing about this is that 99 times out of 100, these ads are never reciprocated.  That person who was reading Harry Potter 5 on the train is probably back at home, flipping through the pages and eating Lean Cuisine and will never see the post on Craigslist.  But the admirer posts it anyways.

Here’s one I liked:
“I wish I went and sat next to you and said
hello, but obviously I didn’t and here I am posting this note you will
probably never read. Wherever you were going, I hope you got there safe,
and that despite the rain you are having a great day”

I like think about all of the faces I see in a day, and all of the stories, fears, and adventures that lie behind all of those faces. I’m not advocating talking to strangers.  But I guess this should inspire us to seize the
moment and not miss an opportunity to speak to someone.  Yolo?

Anyways, now that I’ve shared something weird about myself with you all, I am going to share this weird cake recipe! It’s super easy, super funky, and will knock all of your friend’s socks off when you serve it.  It looks like an unassuming vanilla cake… and then BAM! Rainbow madness on the inside. Check it out.

With love,
Erica

Rainbow Cake

A beautiful rainbow cake that will surprise everyone with a burst of color upon the first slice. 

Keyword buttercream, cake, dessert, rainbow
Servings 16

Ingredients

  • White cake batter divided (you can use box mix or homemade)
  • Food coloring
  • Your favorite buttercream frosting
  • Rainbow sprinkles!

Instructions

  1. Prepare the cake batter, and then divide into however many colors you would like.
  2. Use food dye to color the batter, use a lot so that the colors turn out really nice and saturated and brilliant.
  3. Drop the batter into a prepared cake pan(s) and bake as normal.
  4. Frost, decorate with sprinkles, and enjoy!

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lemon blueberry sunshine cake

This cake was sitting pretty in the freezer for about a week, and I finally decided to cut myself a piece. OH MY GOD. It was like eating sunshine in the form of a cake. I am now obsessed with the lemon-blueberry combination. These bright flavors are the perfect way to celebrate as the summer season comes to a close.

This is a supremely moist cake due to the sour cream. It has a sweet, puckery lemon flavor and is bursting with bright, juicy blueberries. I iced it with my favorite, simple buttercream, but it would also be delicious with some luscious cream cheese frosting.
This cake freezes beautifully — as a matter of fact, I enjoy my cakes best after they have been in the freezer for a day or two (or even a week!).
With love,

Erica

Ingredients

 For the cake:

2 cups plus 6 tablespoons all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
3 cups fresh blueberries
1/2 cup sour cream
1/2 cup whole milk
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
3/4 teaspoon pure lemon extract
1 teaspoon lemon zest
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened at room temperature
1 1/2 cups sugar
4 large eggs

For the filling:

1/2 cup blueberry jam  (or lemon curd)

For the frosting:
2 sticks butter, room temperature
4-6 cups confectioner’s sugar 
1/4 cup milk 
1 teaspoon lemon extract
 
Preheat oven to 350°F.
Grease 3, 8″ cake pans. Sift dry ingredients into medium
bowl. Transfer 1 tablespoon flour mixture to larger bowl. Add fresh
blueberries and toss to coat them with flour. Set remaining flour
mixture and blueberries aside.
Stir whole milk, sour cream, vanilla extract, lemon extract and lemon
zest in small bowl. In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream butter and
sugar, until pale yellow and very fluffy, about 5 minutes. Beat in eggs
one at a time, until well combined. Mix in flour mixture alternately
with milk mixture, starting and ending with flour mixture. Stir until
just combined. Gently fold in blueberries. Divide batter equally among
8″ round pans.
Bake cakes until toothpick inserted into center comes out clean,
about 25 minutes. Cool cakes in pans on racks for about 10 minutes, then
invert onto racks until completely cool.

Once cakes are cool, spread blueberry jam and sandwich it between the layers.

Frost with lemon buttercream (recipe follows)

Lemon Buttercream

Beat butter in stand mixer until pale and fluffy. Slowly add the 4 cups of confectioner’s sugar. Add the milk and lemon extract. Add more confectioner’s sugar until desired consistency is achieved.

adapted from Sweetapolita

funfetti cupcakes for two

After making my chocolate cupcakes for two, I was inspired to make another mini batch of cupcakes. This time, I was in the mood for Funfetti cupcakes. I love sprinkles in my birthday cake — they make a boring (but delicious) vanilla cake a million times more fun! Because life is so much more fun in color 🙂
I decided to go all out and topped mine with a fun hodgepodge of sprinkles (hey, this is funfetti right?!) — which included little pink dinosaurs, mini race cars, and a bunch of other loud, sparkly sprinkles. Looks like a party to me!
With love, Erica
Cupcakes
Adapted From Chocolate and Carrots
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1 tablespoon skim milk
  • 1 egg white
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 4 tablespoons unbleached all purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 tablespoon sprinkles
  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  2. Beat the canola oil, egg, milk, vanilla extract, and sugar together.
  3. Add in the flour and baking powder.
  4. Add in the sprinkles. Don’t over stir.
  5. Pour into two prepared muffin liners in a muffin pan.
  6. Bake for about 15 minutes, or until a cake tester comes out clean.
 Vanilla Buttercream Frosting for Two
Adapted from Sweet Peony
1/4 cup (1/2) stick unsalted butter, softened
1-1 1/2 cups powdered sugar, sifted
2-3 teaspoons water
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract 

 
In a medium bowl, beat butter and 1 cup of powdered sugar together using a hand mixer.  When combined and fluffy, add 2 teaspoons water and the vanilla and mix until combined.  If the frosting is too stiff, add more water.  If the frosting is too runny, add more powdered sugar. Frost your cupcakes, and top with fun sprinkles!

chocolate cupcakes for two

Ever find yourself in the mood for a cupcake? A nice, rich, moist, chocolate cupcake? But you don’t have the time/ingredients/need for an entire batch of 12? I found myself in one of those moods, and I wanted a quick, no-mess, recipe that would give me two cupcakes, one for me, and one to share. And here it is! I topped these luscious chocolate-y cupcakes with a chocolate buttercream that had just a hint of coffee — because I believe there are few better flavor combinations than coffee and chocolate.  I love the idea of making cupcakes in batches of two, as extra cupcakes are not the easiest thing to pop in my bag and share with friends (especially with all of that pretty icing!). So relax, and enjoy a batch of cupcakes just for you and someone special, and for once don’t worry about what you’ll do with the extras.
 With love, Erica

Adapted from Manhattan Craft Room

Chocolate Cupcakes for Two
3 tablespoons flour
2 tablespoons sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons cocoa powder
1/8 teaspoon baking soda
pinch salt
2 tablespoons cold water
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1/16 teaspoon vanilla
1 tablespoon chocolate chips (optional)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Whisk all the dry ingredients together in a small bowl. In a second small bowl or spouted measuring cup, combine the wet ingredients. Add the dry to the wet and stir till combined, whisking well. Add the chocolate chips (who doesn’t love extra chocolate?!). Bake for 18 minutes or until a tester comes out clean. Allow to cool before frosting.

Mocha Buttercream Frosting
*you may have a little bit of frosting leftover, as I like my cupcakes with a lot of icing!

  • 1-3/4 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 tablespoon instant coffee granules
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 3 tablespoons dry milk
  • 3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

In a large bowl, cream butter until smooth, then gradually beat in sugar, cocoa, and coffee. Blend in vanilla. Beat until light and fluffy. If necessary, adjust consistency with more milk or sugar.