This week I was asked to make a Smash cake for a 1st Birthday. I was so thrilled to be asked to be apart of such an occasion! What do I make? What original thing could I create to elevate this event?
I had never made a smash cake before so I did what I always do... I go to Pinterest.
I looked up "Smash Cake Recipes" and was sent to this recipe:
An apple banana cake sounds delightful for a child's first cake. What a healthy alternative to the traditional white, of chocolate cake. How fresh! How original!
Here's a little story:
Growing up in school while doing a Science lab report, or a "how to" essay in English you were always told to write doelwn everything. No matter how small you think it is. No matter how trivial always assume Amelia Badielia is reading this. Now re-read that ingredient list would you? I'll wait
How is that a proper recipe? You don't even know you need the baby food until you read the directions, and it isn't even mentioned until the end. The author doesn't mention how many oz you need. How do I know how much liquid will be needed did I choose to use any puree of my choice? I spent 30 minutes in the grocery store trying to figure something out because there are no Gerber's Lil' Bites. I had to take a different route, and I'm not a mom so I know nothing af baby food.
Then she goes on to the "frosting" first of all frosting is - noun. a sweet mixture, cooked or uncooked, for coating or filling cakes, cookies, and the like. There is no sugar in that recipe! She tells the reader to dump the whipping cream in a bowl and beat until fluffy. Not for how long (yes you can beat it way to long and get butter), not if you are adding the puree to the mixture, nothing. Plus once again... how big of a container? I personally have a pint sitting in my fridge. Is that enough? The author give you nothing. Instead she goes on about how she lost a pan. I could go on and on...
So here is MY version of the recipe. Done properly, and may o say mighty tasty.
You will need:
A 9" cake pane, 6" cake pan, or a 12 count cupcake tin
To preheat the oven to 350°F
1 box of Duncan Hines Supreme Soft Butter Recipe Yellow Cake Mix
1/3 cup of softened butter
A splash of water
Two 3.5 oz pouches of Gerber's puree or any other puree. I used these
1. Prepare Baking sheets from above list.
2. Preheat the oven to 350°F
3. Using a stand mixer or a hand mixer cream the softened butter until light and fluffy. About 1 minute.
4. Begin to add eggs one at a time, and beat until it comes together.
5. Feel free to stop the mixing and scrape down the sides before adding the boxes mix to butter and eggs. Beat until combined.
6. Place the puree in a liquid measuring cup. It comes just below 1 cup so please add the splash of water until it equals precisely 1 cup. Add this to the cake batter.
7. Beat the batter for another 2 minutes. Then fill your baking tin half way from the top to allow the cake to rise.
8. Place tins into the preheated oven and bake for 30 minutes or until your tester comes out clean.
9. Remove from the oven, and cool slightly before removing the cake from the tin. Allow to cool completely before decorating.
As for the frosting... Well you can decide what you want to do. If you are using whipped topping be sure you are using it that day for it doesn't stay long, and find one that is not hers. If not a cream cheese frosting will taste delightful. For me personally o have to decorate it with Mickey Mouse paraphernalia so I need a traditional butter cream. Plus I'm not sure how a 1 year old will react to a cream cheese frosting.
To sum it all up... If you are going to blog about your food and recipes. You have to be careful with what you right. Remember that ANY dumby could be reading your stuff. The internet is vast and infinite. You want people to read your stuff, comprehend it, pass it on. Like it, share it. Come to you for other recipes, and information. You are the expert, and with that comes power. We all know what comes with great power... Great responsibility!