I’m just a girl….

Most days I like things simple. Mostly because I don’t have time for much else. But I have had some wicked insomnia as of late and a little bit of motivation to actually do more involved projects. Hence this cake. One thing people think is that if you are a girl who play sports with guys you must not like girlie things. So not true.

Pink is my favorite color (if you are wondering why I didn’t do a pink cake…no pink sprinkles in the apartment that day). I love things with bows and ruffles. I have a handbag problem. I love stuffed animals…still. I like sparkly things especially in little blue boxes. I like high heels. And I have quite the love for Hello Kitty.

This cake screams make someone happy, it would make a great birthday or celebration cake. You really can’t look at this cake and not smile.

Normally I hate layer cakes. The frosting will tend to slide so I love the idea of jam/jelly in between. I heated my jelly to make it brush on, almost like simple syrup. Feel free to use whatever jam/jelly you would like but I figured if I was going purple I should commit the whole way. :)

If you have the time to make this cake and brighten up some ones inner girlie desire…or boy, who am I to judge. :D

Grape Jelly Purple Layer Happy Sprinkles Cake

For the cake:
3 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
1 TBSP. baking powder
½ tsp. salt
1 cup whole milk
2 tsp. vanilla extract
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
4 medium eggs
Purple food coloring
Jam/Jelly to spread between layers, I used grape jelly
Vanilla buttercream (see follows)
Sprinkles to decorate if desired

Preheat oven to 350°F and grease whatever 8-inch round cake tins you have (most people only have one or two pans so you have to bake each cake one after the other). Which is why I made mini ones using 4 ½-inch diameter spring form pans.

Line the base of tins with parchment paper and grease paper and dust tins with flour.

Combine flour, baking powder and salt in a medium bowl and set aside. Mix milk and vanilla together in a measuring cup.

Using an electric mixer on low speed, cream sugar and butter in a large bowl until blended. Increase speed to high and beat for 2 mins or until pale and creamy.

Reduce speed to medium low; add eggs 1 at a time, beating well after each addition. Alternately add flour mix and milk mixture, beginning and ending with flour mixture (I did it by adding 1/4 of of the dry mixture followed by 1/3 of the wet mixture at a time). Beat until smooth, occasionally scraping bowl with a spatula.

Divide mixture evenly into 5 medium bowls. Leave one bowl of batter white, then very gradually add coloring to each bowl and gently fold it into the mixture, adding slightly more coloring as you do each bowl so that the 5 bowls give you an even gradient of color.
Pour batter into prepared tins and bake each layer for about 15-20 minutes (the mini ones take less time, about 12 minutes) or until a skewer into the center comes out clean and the outside is golden.

Cool in tin for 5 mins and then turn out onto wire racks to cool completely.
Make frosting.
Prepare cake for icing, you may need to trim the tops a bit to make sure they are level. Layer cakes with jam (or more icing). Crumb coat the cake with some of the prepared icing and chill for 15 mins.

Cover the cake with more icing, smoothing out with a spatula (I use an offset spatula that I keep clean and warm by running under hot water to get it smoother). If decorating with sprinkles, it can get pretty messy so place your cake in a large container that will catch any of the sprinkles that will run off the cake as you try to stick them on the sides of the cake. Serve cake at room temperature, store cake in the fridge in an airtight container.

Adapted from Raspberri Cupcakes.com

Vanilla Buttercream

1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
6 to 8 cups powdered sugar
1/2 cup milk
2 tsp. vanilla extract

Place the butter in a large mixing bowl.
Add 4 cups of the sugar and then the milk and vanilla.

On the medium speed of an electric mixer, beat until smooth and creamy, about 3-5 minutes. Gradually add the remaining sugar, 1 cup at a time, beating well after each addition (about 2 minutes), until the icing is thick enough to be of good spreading consistency.

You may not need to add all of the sugar.
Source: More from Magnolia by Allysa Torey

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  1. Pretty sure guys would like this cake too, despite the girly colors! I’ve found that as long as it tastes good, men are totally content to check their manliness at the door to eat pastel frosted cakes covered in sprinkles.

    Looks delicious!

  2. That cake is so pretty! I really like the different layers. I’d love a slice of it now…



  3. Gorgeous!

  4. That is a great looking cake. I can’t seem to see grape jelly without thinking about adding peanut butter.

  5. Pea, this cake has made me smile!
    I love purple stuff. I am attracted to it like a moth to a light bulb.
    Very pretty, pretty!

  6. If I had a little girl, this would be her birthday cake. Alas, I do not, so I will be sticking with the black sprinkles.

  7. Soooo pretty!

  8. Thanks for getting No Doubt stuck in my head for the rest of the day ;) I’m with you on the guys thinking if a girl is into something ‘boyish’ than she can’t be into girl things. I work at a comic shop and the boys treat me like one of the guys – making me feel like poo the moment I try to wear a skirt to work.
    I’ve been craving a big giant cake that just makes me smile lately – thanks for bringing it to the table.

  9. This cake looks AMAZING and cute. I wonder if using the Strawberry Rhubarb Pineapple jam I recently got from a church bazaar would taste good in the layers….

  10. I don’t come across as girly but I love things like this. They just make me happy. Thanks for putting a smile on my face this morning.

  11. This is WONDEFUL! My birthday is in May just so you know O:-). Oh and I totally still love stuffed animals. And heels rock.

  12. The way I look at it, this cake is as much pink as it is purple (at least on the inside!) Maybe my screen is just off!

    Love it!

  13. So beautiful! yay for girlie girls

  14. So pretty! Love this cake – totally perfect for a celebration. :)

  15. Purdy cake! Love the colors. – m

  16. I love the graduated layers. so pretty!

  17. So cute!

  18. Ahhhh, so cute!! And now I have Jimmy Durante singing in my head, thank you. ;)

  19. this cake is so much fun! i love the purple ombre effect & the sprinkles! purple is my fav color so this definitely made me smile :)

  20. Hi: I would like to bake this for my Mom’s B’day on 27th. I have 2 different sets of pans. I would like to know whether this recipe is enough for 5 8-inch layers or 5 6-inch layers. Also, will be there a problem with the quality of cake, if I cannot bake them altogether at one go, but bake them in batches?
    Thank you.

  21. Hey Pea,
    Today is my birthday and purple is my fave colour, so this makes me smile…xoxo

  22. This is such a beautiful looking cake!!!

  23. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE. I just came across your blog yesterday.OMG…I was immediately transprted to my happy place. Keep up the fabulous work!

  24. Yum! I want this right now!

  25. I love this cake!!!! I just makes me happy. I bet it is delicious. Made a cake with raspberry jam between layers once and it was FAB!

  26. @Anahita- I used mini ones like I said in the recipe so mine were baked at the same time. The person who oridinally made the cake did it in 8-inch pans and had no problems doing it one at a time. You are going to have thinner layers, as you divide the batter out.

  27. I will so have to remember this cake and make it for one of the girls at work. I don’t think she would care what color it is, but she will get a kick out of the graduated colors since it’s not what you would expect when you cut into a cake.

  28. My grand daughter would absolutely adore this cake. She is all about glitz and glitter.

  29. I love the name of this cake, and it does scream “HAPPY!”. Plus I love purple, and grape jelly. I want this cake.

  30. while i agree w/ you that the concept of “you do XXX so you must not like girlie things” i wonder why anything needs to be labelled as “girlie” to begin with? especially since it seems to have a bad connotation. why can’t we all just be people w/ different likes and dislikes?????

  31. Hi! Your version of my cake is absolutely lovely, but I hope you don’t mind if I ask you to include a credit link to the actual post rather than just the front page of my blog?


    Thanks! Love the purple sprinkles by the way :)

  32. Thank you Peabody! :D

  33. Purple is one of my favorite colors, so I am in awe of this cake. :) Love the sprinkles!

  34. This really is one of the most beautiful cakes I’ve ever seen. It speaks to me!

  35. This cake makes me really happy. ^_^

  36. That’s amazing! You’re right. How could you help but smile when looking at it? Love the graduated colors!

  37. So pretty- love this! (Insert girly squeal here)

  38. This looks so delish! My mouth just started watering. I had one thought as a chef who hates excess dishes… What if in the part where you add the food coloring you just poured out the first pan, added a bit of food coloring, poured out the second, added a bit more, poured out the third, etc. Just an idea :)

  39. Thankyou for posting this. this is my idea of a perfect cake. regular yellow cake plus grape.

  40. It is pretty


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