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Sunday, October 19, 2008

A Short Fairy Tale and a Tall Cake

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Once upon a time, in a faraway land, there lived a lovely little princess. She loved to laugh and play and dance and sing. She was the apple of everyone's eye and all of her subjects adored her!

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Meanwhile, in a neighboring kingdom, there lived a handsome, young prince. He also loved to laugh and play, but instead of dancing and singing, he liked to play baseball and dig in the dirt.

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One day, a long time later, the handsome prince spied the lovely princess in a strange new land called College. He was struck by her beauty, charm and grace and endeavored to win her over. Alas, the princess was already betrothed to a no-account knave someone else and this was not to be, but she never forgot him.

After a few years, at a fancy fete called Happy Hour, the prince and the princess met again. By this time, the princess had gotten wise to her fiancee's rapscallion ways and bid good riddance to bad rubbish. The two young monarchs-in-training fell in love and were soon inseparable.

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Eventually, they wed......

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and had a lovely little princess of their own......

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And they all lived happily ever after.

On the twenty-second anniversary of their royal marriage, the princess decided to commemorate the occasion by baking this beautiful and extremely delicious cake. It was a three layer vanilla buttermilk cake with chocolate fudge frosting from Sky High: Irresistible Triple Layer Cakes by Alisa Huntsman and Peter Wynne. The prince was so touched by this selfless gesture, that he bought her this gorgeous Marc Jacobs black patent leather carry-all as token of his affection.

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The End!

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Vanilla Buttermilk Cake with Instant Fudge Frosting (Printable Recipe)
from Sky High: Irresistible Triple Layer Cakes

For the cake:

4 whole large eggs
2 egg yolks
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 1/4 cups of buttermilk
3 cups cake flour
2 cups sugar
4 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
8 ounces (2 sticks) unsalted butter at room temperature


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Butter the bottom and sides of three 9-inch round cake pans. Line with parchment paper and grease the paper.

Place the eggs and the yolks in a medium bowl. Add the vanilla and 1/4 cup of buttermilk. Whisk to blend well.

Combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt in a large mixer bowl and whisk to blend. Add the remaining buttermilk and butter to the dry ingredients and with the mixer on low speed, blend together. Raise the mixer to medium speed and beat until light fluffy, about 2 minutes.

Add the egg mixture in 3 additions, scraping down the sides of the bowl after each addition. Mix only until thoroughly incorporated. Divide the batter among the prepared pans.

Bake the cake layers for 28-32 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Let the cake layers cool in the pan for 10 minutes, then carefully turn out the cakes onto a wire rack and peel off the paper liners. Cool completely before frosting.


For the frosting:


6 ounces of unsweetened chocolate melted and cooled
4 1/2 cups of confectioners sugar
12 ounces of unsalted butter at room temperature
6 tablespoons of half and half
1 tablespoon of vanilla extract

Place all the ingredients in a food processor and pulse to incorporate. Then, process until frosting is smooth.

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71 comments:

Judy@nofearentertaining said...

Awwww...congratulations Susan!!! The cake looks wonderful and what a smart man to buy you a purse that is very fancy and probably just what you wanted!!!

Shari@Whisk: a food blog said...

How romantic! That cake looks amazing! Happy Anniversary!

Tanya said...

What a sweet (and funny) story. Happy Anniversary to the both of you! The cake looks delicious and your husband is awesome for buying you that bag.

Little Ol' Liz said...

Dog - for a cake I could have had Marc Jacobs?!

Happy 22nd Wedding Anniversary! We celebrated ours this year, too. Maybe there is sonething to being twins????

RecipeGirl said...

Happy Anniversary... loved your little fairy tale :)

Yummy looking cake there!

Clumbsy Cookie said...

Cute post and beautiful cake! Happy annyversary!

The Food Librarian said...

great cake! great photos! and most of all, great purse! :) happy anniversary and many many more!

squawmama said...

Happy Anniversary and thank you for sharing this yummy cake recipe... I am going to attempt it when I get home and share it with my beautiful family... Great story I LOVED it...

(((HUGS)))
Donna

culinography said...

This one has all of the elements of a great fairy tale... cake, chocolate, handbags, and true love! :)

Happy anniversary!

haleysuzanne said...

Always better to have a short tale and a tall cake than a tall tale and a short cake. Unless it's shortcake and you're really in the mood for it.

Happy anniversary! Congrats on finding a way to score that bag, too, by the way! ;-)

PaniniKathy said...

What a lovely story, gorgeous handbag (!!) and scrumptious-looking cake! Many congrats to you and Mr. SGCC!!

Ginny said...

Happy Anniversary!!! That cakes looks fabulous! :)

StickyGooeyCreamyChewy said...

Judy- Thanks! The whole purse thing worked out great! I just told him that I was saving him the trouble of shopping for me. He thinks I'm so considerate. ;)

Shari & Tanya- Thanks!

Liz- Hmmm. Maybe there is. Happy Anniversary to you too!

RecipeGirl & Cookie- Thank you!

Food Librarian & Squawmama- Thanks! Glad you liked it!

Culinography- Now that you mention it, you're right! Thanks!

Haley- Very clever! Yeah, I really lucked out on the bag. He couldn't really complain because he hadn't gotten me anything else yet. ;)

PaniniKathy & Ginny- Thanks so much! Glad you liked them!

the italian dish said...

Ooooh la la! What a cake! Loved your little love story and am glad you got such a killer tote bag!

Jennifer said...

BEAUTIFUL! I recently purchased this cookbook, but I have yet to try a recipe....(there are LOTS of pages with post it notes, however....:) Thank you for guiding me to the one I will make first....thank you so much for sharing your story...Happy Anniversary!

Ingrid said...

AAaaaaaa, Happy Anniversary! Loved the story and your cake! I wanna slice!
~ingrid

Mandy said...

happy anniversary, Susan! The cake looks absolutely delicious.

Heather said...

congratulations! i love anniversaries. my husband and i never go crazy, but it's always a nice day to remember why you fell in love. this is a lovely cake, and an even lovelier bag! (and a pretty good fairy tale, too ;) )

CookiePie said...

Happy anniversary!!

Maryann said...

Happy anniversary!! You have such a kind face :) The chocolate cake isn't half bad either. Nor is the Mark Jacobs bag!! haha

Esi said...

Happy anniversary. Great story and cake and love love love the Marc. He's my favorite designer!

Patsyk said...

Happy Anniversary! What a wonderful post!

Any of tha cake left? I'd sure love to have a piece!

Manggy said...

Happy Anniversary Susan! Hmm... is there any way you can turn this into a food/bag bartering system? You can score plenty of loot this way! Ha ha ha. (Okay, maybe once or twice a year ;) Your daughter is such a movie star! Cutiee!
The cake looks PERFECT. The ganache shells are not the same as the frosting, no? This is another one of those true American classics!

Louise said...

What a lovely tale! Love, love, love the pictures!

Katie said...

That's my kind of fairytale! By the way, the cake is gorgeous...yum.

My Sweet & Saucy said...

Loved the fairy tale...and the cake looks fabulous too!

Katrina said...

That is an amazing looking cake! And purse!
But most of all, love the story!
Happy Anniversary!

Lori Lynn said...

The most adorable blog post I have ever read.

Happy anniversary and YAY for that new bag. He is definitely a prince!

Lori Lynn

P.S. Nice cake too.

FFichiban said...

Hee hee good story well told and an excellent cake to match Yummmm ^^!

Nina Timm said...

Happy anniversary to the both of you! May there be many more together in the kingdom.....
Stunning cake....stunning bag!!!

Ning said...

Happy Happy anniversary! And many more happy, sticky, gooey togetherness years to come! Awesome cake!

Indigo said...

Now THAT'S a happy ending...

Kim said...

Your story made me smile! Happy Anniversary and that is some cake.

Peter M said...

Happy Anniversary Susan, glad you got the purse and I'm sure this stunning cake only topped off a wonderful day.

Your daughter's gonna have guys lined up for...be prepared!

The Short (dis)Order Cook said...

Happy anniversary. That's a gorgeous cake and Mr. SGCC is a lucky guy.

I have a husband birthday coming up. YOu may have given me some inspiration.

Andrew's Mom said...

Happy Anniversary...beautiful cake and pictures!

Mary said...

What a great post! Both the cake and the bag look fabulous!

Núria said...

What a fantastic Post, Susan!!!! Wow, that cake is AWESOME and the story so cute and nicely told and the pictures... I love to see the story in shots and the little princess so cute... a round Post!

Patricia Scarpin said...

Happy anniversary, darling!
That cake looks delicious - actually, all the cakes in that book. Wonderful choice, Susan!

Grace said...

talk about a fairy tale! although it's not urgent, i can only hope that i have one of my own to tell one day. what is urgent is my need for a massive slice of sky-high cake. awesome. and happy anniversary! :)

Madam Chow said...

I have this book, and that cake -and the royal couple - look mighty fine!

Maria said...

That cake is calling my name!!

cindy* said...

what a cute story!

i love this cake, i have made it a few times and it always turns out beautifully moist and yummy.

Nate-n-Annie said...

A bag for a cake. That's a really good deal, if you ask me.

Choosy Beggar Tina said...

Alright, so a delicious looking sky-high layer cake combined with 22 years of marriage can yield an MJ handbag......what do you think I could get for some stale coffee cake and 2 years of dating? I'd settle for the wallet....

Anonymous said...

Great story! The cake looks amazing.
Happy Anniversary!

The Food Hunter said...

What a cute story. That cake looks delicious.

Deborah said...

Happy anniversary!! And your cake is gorgeous!

MEDITERRANEAN KIWI said...

extremely tempting, if only a piece could be saved for me!

Dawn said...

Awww! How sweet. I love that you're one of the few blogs that happily incorporates family-love & photos into your blog. What a refreshing change these days.
If my memory serves me right I think you are Italian? So...
felice anniversario!
vi sono molti più anni felici insieme!

dessert girl said...

Oh my gosh! That looks sooo good!

noble pig said...

Happy Anniversary! Whew look at your waistline girl! Hot, hot, hot!

Passionate About Baking said...

Happy Anniversary to both of you. What a wonderfully written & heart-warming tale! Great great cake to celebrate...all the best always!! Lovely pictures!!

the southern hostess said...

Happy Anniversary and Yum! This looks so good!

Jerzee Tomato said...

What a great story and cake. I dig romantic cake focused stories. Happy Anniversary!

Darius T. Williams said...

I love the story - but I'm totally loving the cake - like totally!

-DTW
www.everydaycookin.blogspot.com

Cookie baker Lynn said...

What a great story with a happy ending. And cake! Happy anniversary!

kittie said...

An ideal relationship, comprising handbags and cake!

Happy Anniversary!

Pat said...

Congratulations!

I celebrated my 34 year anniversary this month.

October seems to be a lucky month to get amrried in. The cake ....and the bag... are lovely!

Nicole said...

Cute story. Love the bag and the cake. My anniversary is Saturday. Only 5 years.....

Proud Italian Cook said...

Happy belated anniversary you two lovebirds! Now you know I love your food Susan, but this time, I think the bag takes center stage! What a nice prince you have!! And your daughter looks like an angel!!

LyB said...

You guys are too cute! Food for the gentleman and fashion for the lady, I love it! :)

TeaLady said...

Beautiful cake. Beautiful bride. Great looking prince. Now, live happily every after.

Jude said...

Cute post. Everything about it is beautiful.

Andrea said...

What a cute story! I'm recently engaged and I hope I have as a lovely a story to tell later on. And can I just say, wow, what an icing job that is! I've iced a cake before and it did not look like that. It's perfect!

Cakespy said...

Now that's what I would call a sweet ending to this fairy tale! of course then again, maybe it's just another sweet beginning???

Sandy Smith said...

Congratulations on the anniversary, the cake, and the tote!!

Colleen said...

WOW!!! There had to be much celebrating in the beloved monarchs kingdom!! Congratulations and Happy Anniversary to both of you....what a gorgeous posting and such a fab looking cake, fit for royals!! And the bag - sheesh! Fabulous!! Good on you both xxx

appropriated.muffin said...

that is a very sweet story! And a very drool-ious cake!!! Happy anniversary! :)

Anonymous said...

What a good looking cake, and a sweet romance too! I have a question, what was the recipe for the darker chocolate decorating the edges and middle? Just more chocolate added to the original frosting recipe? Or more butter? It looks really smooth and rich, perfect for a birthday cake I'd like to try. Email me if you can! sarah_coyne at yahoo dotcom. Thanks!

Cakelaw said...

LOL - what a great post and a beautiful cake. Congratulations and happy anniversary!