Yes, I bake my own birthday cakes. This year it's layers of tender yellow cake glued together with sweetened condensed milk, and a generous coat of billowy, strawberry-flecked buttercream.
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Making this cake isn't hard at all, but describing the entire process makes it seem more daunting. Put simply: bake a cake. Make buttercream. Sandwich them together. Cut into shapes. Glaze. Put more obnoxiously, well, read on.
I've made a lot of fancy flavored birthday cakes for other people, but when my birthday rolls around, I prefer the same old-school, yellow cake that I remember my mom making for me. Hers was made from a boxed mix, but my version is homemade. This cake tastes how good yellow cake should; buttery, light, and moist. I use a soaker of simple syrup with real vanilla bean to ensure that the layers pack extra moisture and flavor.
Tender yellow cake with smooth chocolate frosting, this is birthday cake done right.