Sallyโ€™s Baking Addiction: March, 2018 Challenge: The Naked Cake ๐ŸŽ‚

 

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Have you heard of naked, or semi naked cakes? ๐Ÿฐย I am going to be very honest, I am not a fan of this style of cake decorating. It drives my crazy to leave the cake unfinished. I don’t find it “chic” or stylish to see the sides of the cake, must be the control freak in me!

But, that is the point of a challenge, is it not? So, I sucked it up and went for it. Aside from the instructions to not frost the sides, we were free to choose any type of cake and frosting combo we desired. I knew I would be in Seattle the week before our son’s 22nd birthday. So, the choice was easy! Ryan loves funfetti cake with vanilla icing, and has a ginormous sweet tooth.

Sally’s funfetti cake recipeย is straight forward, and I was happy that it did not come from a box! It is basically a vanilla butter cake with sprinkles, and came together easily.

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Then the sprinkles were folded into the mix

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This batter is quite dense and thick. I decided to split this into two, 6 inch baking rounds, with the intent of splitting each to create four layers. It took awhile longer to bake than the times listed in her recipe, as she called for 9 inch pans.

And yes, I did weigh the batter so I could divide it exactly into the two pans (control freak remember, ๐Ÿ˜œ). I let the cakes cool, wrapped them up to be frosted (or not frosted!) the next day.

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I was happy with the look of the funfetti cakes. They look just like the box mix

I made Sally’s vanilla frosting, just as she directed, and started icing, sort of..

This Was Killing Me!!! How can this be a finished cake ๐Ÿ˜ซ

I had a small amount of frosting left over and we were allowed to decorate the top. I dyed that remaining frosting blue, and I had no idea what to do with it. So, I put the cake in the fridge and walked away!

I needed a time out! I was making a birthday dinner for my son, daughter and her boyfriend, where the cake was the dessert. I went to Costco and bought some sandals. I went to Soma and bought two new bras (TMI ๐Ÿ˜‚). Then I went to Safeway for some inspiration for this cake!

Since there is an abundance of Easter candy in every grocery store since February 15th, I bought mini robin’s eggs and mini M&Ms. If I cant frost it, then I am going to cover as much as I can with candy ๐Ÿญย ๐Ÿฌ

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I felt a little better, but was still thinking that this is the ugliest cake I have ever made!

Ryan chose those sparkler candles for his cake and I was ready to light this sucker on fire ๐Ÿ”ฅย ๐Ÿ”ฅย ๐Ÿ”ฅ

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The funny thing is that the kids loved it!

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I will admit that I was happy with how even all four layers were and the amount of icing was equal in each layer. See? I have symmetry issues ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Even big sis liked it

All in all, it worked out well! I met the challenge, mostly, and Ryan loved his sugar bomb cake ๐ŸŽ‚

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I hope April’s challenge will let me finish completely! ๐Ÿ˜ณ