Several Months ago a good friend of mine asked me to make her wedding cake from the oven of an extended stay hotel room in Nashville, TN. She wanted something very basic with no frills. She asked for a white cake with a vanilla butter cream. About a week and a half ago her vision came to life. Here's a rundown of how to make hundreds of wedding cupcakes in your own hotel room. See more pics here. Note: This is the best buttercream recipe in the world.
White Chocolate Almond Sour Cream Cake
1 box white cake mix
1 cup all-purpose flour
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1 1/3 cups milk
1/8-cup vegetable oil
1 teaspoons real vanilla
1 teaspoons almond extract
1 cup sour cream
3 whole eggs
6oz white chocolate
Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Melt 8oz white baking chocolate into milk & cool slightly. Place all dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl and stir together with a wire whisk. Add the milk mixtures and remaining ingredients and beat on medium speed for 2 minutes. Fill cupcake papers a little over ½ way and bake for about 20 minutes or until cake springs back to the touch.
Fluffy Vanilla Buttercream
12 oz butter room temp
4 oz shortening
2 boxes powdered sugar
3 teaspoons vanilla extract
Cream butter and shortening until light and fluffy. Add eggs and beat until well combined. Slowly add sugar until absorbed. Add vanilla and beat for 3 minutes.
I got married last night in a small private ceremony in Hollywood. My brother, his girlfriend, and a couple close friends were there and afterwards we came back to our place for a homemade Cranberry White Chocolate Cream Cheese Cake and Truffle Brownies with Chocolate Ganache. It was easy, intimate, and perfect. For more pictures and wedding info, see Popmuse.
Cranberry Cream Cheese Cake
1 box white cake mix
1 cup flour
1/2 cup sugar
1/3 cups milk
1/8 cup vegetable oil
2 (16oz) cans whole berry cranberry sauce
zest of one medium orange
4oz cup cream cheese
3 whole eggs
1 package vanilla pudding mix
red food coloring
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place all dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl and stir together with a wire whisk. In a medium bowl mix cranberry sauce with orange zest. Add a little over 1/2 cranberry mixture (about 2 1/3 cups) to dry mix reserving the rest for cake filling. Add the remaining ingredients and beat on medium speed for 2 minutes. Pour into 2 or 3 greased round cake pans. Bake the cakes until they spring back when lightly pressed with your finger, 25 to 28 minutes.
Let cakes cool. Spread thin layer of frosting on the top of middle cake layers and cover with remaining cranberry mixture. Stack layers so that cranberry mixture is sandwiched inside the cake and frost with remaining frosting.
White Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting
9 ounces white chocolate, coarsely chopped
12 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
6 tablespoons butter, at room temperature
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
4 1/2 cups confectioners' sugar, sifted
Place the white chocolate in a small glass bowl in the microwave oven on high power for 1 minute. Remove the bowl from the oven and stir with a wooden spoon or a rubber spatula until it is smooth. Set the chocolate aside to cool.
Place the cream cheese and butter in a large mixing bowl. Beat with an electric mixer on low speed until well combined, 30 seconds. Stop the machine. Add the melted white chocolate and blend on low speed until just combined, 30 seconds. Add the vanilla and 2 1⁄2 cups of the confectioners' sugar, and blend on low speed until the sugar is incorporated, 30 seconds more. Add more sugar as needed to make the frosting spreadable. Increase the mixer speed to medium and beat until the frosting is fluffy, 1 minute more.
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