Sunday, October 24, 2010

Penelope's ONE Birthday Cake

One little candle placed on the cake
One first birthday wish to make!
It's been a year how time has flown
We can't believe how much she's grown.
She's full of smiles and so much fun
Our little Penelope Jane is turning ONE!
 Happy 1st Birthday Penelope!
First birthdays deserve a super special cake! A cake you can only make one time ever! (See her older sister's #1 cake.)

What fun to make! What fun to decorate! What fun to have this darling girl in my life for a whole year!

And, because this is a food blog, I'll share my new favorite buttercream icing! It uses butter flavoring, vanilla and almond extract! 

Buttercream Icing
Adapted From: Peggy Weaver's Baking Corner
Printable Recipe
2 sticks (1 cup) butter, room temperature
2 cups Crisco shortening
1 teaspoon butter flavoring

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
2 pounds powdered confectioners' sugar, divided
1 tablespoon meringue powder
Water or milk (About 2 tablespoons, if needed)
Combine butter and shortening on low. Add butter flavoring, vanilla extract, and almond extract. Mix together well. Add about 1 pound (4 to 4 1/2 cups) powdered sugar and the meringue powder; mix until incorporated. Add the remaining powdered sugar, 1/2 cup of powdered sugar at a time, and mix until you get the consistency you want. (You may not need to use all the powdered sugar.) Add a little water or milk, a teaspoon at a time, if necessary to thin the frosting. Blend well on low for several minutes. Use immediately or cover and refrigerate. NOTE: Buttercream Icing will last for weeks as long as it is well sealed.


  1. Happy birthday to your adorable baby girl!! Isn't it amazing how quickly the time flies by?!

  2. Happy Birthday Penelope!! One is such a special birthday...what a great cake to commemorate the pretty!

  3. Happy Birthday! What a great cake--you are great with the frosting decoration too. Almond extract in a cake sounds so good...


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