June 30, 2009

TWD- Perfect (90th Birthday) Party Cake

A few weeks ago I had a great time making the Perfect Party Cake to celebrate my husband's Grandma's 90th birthday (wow!) I was excited for this week's Tuesdays with Dorie choice because I actually had a good excuse for this enormous, gorgeous cake. I pulled out all the stops- home made strawberry jam, cream cheese icing, and white chocolate for decorating. And it was a big fat mess.

The cake came together perfectly and the flavors were amazing, but my icing was too soft and I used too much jam (I think). I assembled it and then we took it to the party, and by the time we got there (in the 100 something degree heat, of course) the cake made the Tower of Pisa look straight backed. Seriously. I hid it in the back of the kitchen and was relieved to know that each slice looked beautiful with all the layers, even if the whole cake didn't.

Nonetheless, this is one delicious cake you don't want to miss. I've included my favorite frosting recipe that is not so cream cheesy that it makes you sick, but doesn't feel as sugar heavy as most powdered sugar icings do. It's delicious on graham crackers, cakes, cupcakes, spatulas, whatever you have. :) I'd add husbands to that list (like I always tease Auburn, the biggest frosting lover I know, about) but there are nice old ladies from my Church that know about my cooking blog somehow. So make a big batch for whatever you'd like. And don't look to closely at that big blotch of strawberry jam oozing out of my cake. It was freaking good nonetheless.

Perfect Party Cake tips from Dorie (don't miss these!)

Cream Cheese Frosting

1 package of cream cheese, softened (I like to use Neufchatel, less fat and I don't notice much difference)
1/2 C. butter, softened (one stick)
2 T. milk
2 t. pure vanilla extract
dash of salt
6 cups of powdered sugar (more or less to achieve desired consistency, this is a baseline)
1 T. meringue powder

In a mixer with the whisk attachment, combine the cream cheese and butter until they are light and fluffy. Then add in the milk, vanilla, and salt, and blend.

Next, add the powdered sugar and meringue powder, cover the bowl of the mixer with a dish towel, and turn it on low until everything is combined. Then increase the speed for a minute or so until the frosting is light, fluffy, and delicious. The meringue powder will help set the frosting after it dries so it holds its shape.

Add 1 T. Lemon or orange zest and substitute juice for the milk to make a tangy citrus frosting .

Cake recipe posted here from my last birthday. Enjoy!


  1. I used cream cheese frosting as well, and oh...it was so good.

    I left mine in the fridge because the frosting was soft.

  2. Your cake looks awesome! I'll have to try that cream cheese frosting. I used a whipped cream frosting on my cake but I bet it'd be great with cream cheese frosting.

  3. Your cake looks really good! I love cream cheese frosting. Mine had sliding issues too because I made a pudding.

  4. Bet it was awesome with cream cheese frosting! Looks awesome :)

  5. This looks beautiful, and yes, that includes the HOMEMADE strawberry jam ooze.

    I think you're brave to take a frosted cake out of the house. In Arizona. In the summer. Very brave indeed!

  6. Glad it looked good sliced. I was worried about mine too with the heat, but it didn't slide like I thought it mite.

    Looks pretty to me....

  7. Wow! What a great cake!! This looks really perfect! The frosting is decadent and the dough looks so soft!

  8. This cake looks super impressive, but your husband's grandma reaching 90 is even more impressive! Happy Birthday to her.

  9. Thanks for the recipe! Man, the heat really kills cakes! Way to go with cream cheese frosting. That is a great flavor pairing.

  10. It looks beautiful and delicious! That is too funny about licking the frosting and people reading your blog!

  11. Wow! Happy 90th to your husbands Grandma! What a great reason for a cake. That cream cheese frosting sounds really great! And you're right, this cake is freaking good!

  12. Your cake looks wonderful. The strawberry/cream cheese combo sounds delish!

  13. How beautiful.
    Yes, the perfect 90th birthday cake.
    I'll hire you right now to make my 90th birthday cake :)

  14. Happy birthday to Grandma! Your cake looks wonderful. I love the way you decorated it. YUM.

  15. Happy Birthday to Grandma!!! Those little ladies in the church who "somehow" know about your blog, would I'm sure love having their day on your page as well. I'm quite sure they are full of admiration and fascination. How cute! The cake, well you are one strong Arizona soldier to tote such a treat in the heat. Wowza! It looks and sounds totally amazing. Home made goodness for sure.

  16. It looks really yummy!! And I like the cake looking homemade! It tastes better! :)

  17. This is a very tasty frosting. I've always opted for the cream cheese frostings the past few months and think I'll keep on doing it. Seems like I am baking a birthday cake each month, so why stop now!

    Thanks for sharing this,

    Christine M.