Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Dirty Thirty


I'm 30 today. So far it's pretty awesome. I baked myself a cake and that was pretty awesome too.

(Thanks to Cube and Sam Kim for the cake suggestion and to Allison for the frosting suggestion)

Yellow Cake
(From The Craft of Baking)

12 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature, plus extra for the pans
1 3/4 cup sugar, divided
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
7 large egg yolks
3 cups cake flour
1 teaspoon kosher salt
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup plus 2 tablespoons sour cream
7 large egg whites

Butter the bottoms and sides of three 8 or 9-inch cake pans. Line the bottom of the pans with parchment paper and then butter the top of the paper. Dust each pan with all-purpose flour and tap out the excess.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

In the bowl of a stand mixer, fitted with the paddle attachment, mix the butter, 1 1/2 cups sugar, and the vanilla extract on medium speed, scraping down the sides of the bowl several times until pale and fluffy, about 5 minutes.   Add the egg yolks one at a time, letting each become incorporated into the batter before adding the next.

In a medium bowl, sift together the flour, salt, and baking soda. Reduce the mixer to low speed and alternate adding the flour mixture and the sour cream to the butter mixture, adding one third of each at a time and letting them fully mix in before adding the next. When all of the flour mixture, and the sour cream have been added, turn the mixer to medium-high speed and mix for about 2 minutes to fully incorporate the ingredients.

Add the egg whites to a large, glass mixing bowl. Using a handheld mixer, whip until the egg whites are frothy. While mixing, slowly pour in the remaining 1/4 cup of sugar, and mix until the egg whites have soft peaks. Fold the egg whites into the cake batter in 3 additions.

Divide the batter between the three prepared pans and place the pans on baking sheets. Bake the cakes, rotating the pans halfway through until they are lightly golden on top, gently bounce back when touched, and a toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean, about 25-30 minutes.

Let the cakes cool in the pan for a half hour before turning out to a wire rack to cool completely. Wait until the cakes have cooled completely before frosting.

Chocolate Frosting
(From Magnolia Bakery)

1 1/2 cups unsalted butter, at room temperature
2 tablespoons milk
9 ounces semi sweet chocolate, roughly chopped
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 1/4 cups confectioner's sugar, sifted

Melt the chocolate in a glass bowl placed over a saucepan of simmering water, stirring occasionally until no pieces of chocolate remain. Remove from the heat, and set aside to cool.

In a stand mixer, fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the butter until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes.  Carefully add the milk and beat until smooth.  Add the melted chocolate and beat for another 2 minutes. Add the vanilla and beat for another 3 minutes. Turn the mixer to low speed and gradually add the confectioner's sugar until the mixture is creamy and of the desired consistency.

To ice the cake, use a serrated knife to cut the tops of each layer so that they are even. Place one layer on a cake plate and spread the top with 3/4 cup of buttercream. Repeat with the second layer. Place the third layer on top. Using an offset spatula, spread the remaining buttercream over the entire cake.

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Pam said...

Happy Birthday!!! That's is one sure to have the cake of your choice! It looks delicious and I could go for a slice right now! Have a great birthday celebration!

Gaby said...


Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday!


maybelle's mom said...

happy happy! hope that next year you turn 29.

Unknown said...

Happy Birthday! Enjoy!

Joy said...

Happy, Happy Birthday!

Erica said...

Happy Happy Birthday! Perfect cake

Janet said...

Happy, happy birthday!! Yay, yellow cake!

Mine's in a few weeks - ahh!

Kelly said...

Happy birthday. I really should make myself cake for my next one. Why not. Those layers look light and beautifully golden. Nice job.

Banana Wonder said...

Happy Dirty Thirty!!!!

Joanne said...

Happy birthday chica! This cake looks awesome...simple and classic.

Maria said...

Happy Birthday! I hope you enjoy your special day!

Diana said...

Happy happy happy (unbelated) birthday! :) :) :)

The cake looks gorgeous! Hope you saved yourself a piece for today!

Kathy - Panini Happy said...

Have a fantastic birthday, Esi! And what a yummy looking cake to celebrate it.

vanillasugarblog said...

30 please. you're still a young pup.
happy birthday hot stuff!

The Mecham Family said...

Happy Birthday! I think baking yourself a cake is a wonderful idea!

Esi said...

Thank you everyone!! It's been a great day. Thanks for all the well wishes!!

Chef Fresco said...

My what a perfect cake for your birthday! I hope it was a great one!!

Unknown said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY ESI!!!! This cake is certainly a great way to celebrate :) Here's to a fabulous year!

TS of eatingclub vancouver said...

Happy Birthday! You know what they say, 30 is the new 20. LOL. =D

Anonymous said...

happy belated!

notyet100 said...

congrats dear,.:-)

The Duo Dishes said...

Woot! Dirtay thirtaaaay!

shaz said...

Happy Birthday Esi!! Have a good one.

Duchess said...

Well, it looked Fabulous! Super yummy. My 30th birthday is this Saturday!

scrambledhenfruit said...

Happy Birthday! That is THE birthday cake at my house...yellow with chocolate frosting. Looks delicious!

Memória said...

Aww, I'm so disappointed that you didn't make that yellow cake I made with you in mind :(. Oh well, I hope you liked this cake you made. How was the texture? The frosting looks yummy!


M. said...

Oh, my! sorry I missed it :(

gorgeous cake you made yourself, perfect treat to celebrate this beautiful B-day!!!

angela@spinachtiger said...

I hope I already said Happy Birthday to you. 30 will be great. I wish I could have seen you and some others in LA, but I had no car and lots of limitations. Next time, a party maybe.

marla {family fresh cooking} said...

HAPPY, HAPPY birthday Esi!! So sorry it has taken me so long to get over here. I have been admiring that perfect piece of b'day cake for days now. Hope you had an amazing day & enjoyed this sweet piece of heaven! xo

Jessica said...

Happy belated birthday! Enjoy your 30's. As someone looking close to 50 (45) I'm learning more things with each new decade. Hope you had a great one!


Keri said...

Happy Birthday! Hope your cake tasted as good as it looks :)

Jennifer said...

I hope you had a really lovely birthday! This cake looks fabulous!

Kerstin said...

Happy Birthday!! This looks like the perfect cake to celebrate :)