Monday, June 27, 2016

Cake Decorating and Recipe

Over the weekend we celebrated an early birthday for my Dumplin. Being born on the 6th of July proves to be a busy time for our family. Most often, we spend her birthday while at Constructors for Christ. This year with Shannon and Cameo's mission trip being so close, Constructors is not an option for us. 

She had asked if she could have some friends over and if she could have this cake! 
Grandma's Peanut Butter Cake. 
Without a break in agenda for the next couple of weekends, we knew we had to act fast to make it happen for her, so we chose Friday and I think we contacted friends on Wednesday or Thursday. Talk about last minute, huh? Good thing we have some friends who were able to make it. Several weren't and they were missed. 

True to my sweet girls nature, she wanted in on the decorating of this cake. She wanted to make it mostly ALL by herself. So, I tried to loosen my reins a bit and let her have it. 
I showed her and Eli how to make rosettes from the icing and using a decorator tip and icing bag. 
She was completely taken with the process and wanted to do everything. I just filled in a few gaps here and there afterwards. 
The finished product was a masterpiece and she, the girls and the rest of the family enjoyed it immensely! 
12 years old? My how time does fly.... 

Grandma Jean's Peanut Butter Cake

For Cake:
1 box devil's food cake mix
1 box of jello instant chocolate pudding
1 cup sour cream
1 cup vegetable oil
4 eggs, beaten
1/2 cup milk
1 tsp vanilla
2 cups reese's cups chopped

Preheat oven to 350* and in a large bowl mix everything except reese's. Batter is VERY thick.
Add reese's and pour into two greased and floured 9" cake pans. Bake cakes per box directions plus 10 minutes. Use the toothpick test to make sure of doneness. 

For Frosting:
1 cup smooth peanut butter
1 cup shortening 
4 cups powdered sugar
1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup heavy cream

In mixing bowl, cream peanut butter with shortening until smooth. Add sugar, cream, salt and vanilla and whip til fluffy. 
Garnish however you like...  with smooth frosting and more chopped reese's, with rosettes like we did, or however you wish! 
Have fun and enjoy!!

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