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*I loved and hated having the Olympics on these last two weeks. My sleep schedule is so thrown off it’s not even funny. Because I’m THAT person who stays up watching curling at 3am. And THAT person who says gee in just an hour there is hockey on I think I will just stay up. :) So I look forward to them being over just so I can get some sort of normal routine back.

*A special shout out to Imperial Sugar for sending me a large quantity of sugar for me to bake with! If you want to see how much head over to my Instagram account. I like to think my wedding dessert table is being sponsored by them. :D

*Better Homes and Gardens is having some sort of Best Blogger Award. I’m in shock that I did not get nominated in the Healthy Food category!!! What the heck…I was robbed. :P People who weren’t rob and deserve your vote are Bridgette of Bake at 350, Irv of Eat the Love, and Jessica of How Sweet Eats and non-food related I love Hilary of Dean Street Society for fashion.

*In throwing a wedding one thing I have learned…people and RSVPing suck. So here is a lesson for all:

“R.S.V.P. stands for a French phrase, “répondez, s’il vous plaît,” which means “please reply.” The person sending the invitation would like you to tell him or her whether you accept or decline the invitation. That is, will you be coming to the event or not? Etiquette rules followed in most Western cultures require that if you receive a formal, written invitation, you should reply promptly, perhaps that same day. For hosts who are planning a dinner party, a wedding or a reception, this is important from a practical point of view, because they need to know how many people to count on and how much food and drink to buy.”-How Stuff Works.com

I have learned most people think that if they aren’t going to attend they don’t RSVP at all. Not cool.

*Ever since coming back from Kansas City I’ve been practicing making rose cakes that Amanda (I Am Baker) taught me how to do. It’s what I am using for my wedding cake. I keep making cakes to figure out which flavor I want the cake to be. This one is pretty good. I think I am trying key lime next though since MDP loves key lime. To see a step by step of how to make a rose cake go to the expert herself….here.

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Orange-Vanilla Wedding Cake

Ingredients

  • For the cake:
  • ½ cup plus 1 TBSP unsalted butter (I used Plugra), at room temperature
  • 1 ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 heaping TBSP powdered buttermilk (optional but helps the cake)
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • ½ cup freshly squeezed orange juice
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract (I used Rodelle)
  • 2 cups cake flour
  • 1 ½ tsp. baking powder
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • For the frosting:
  • 1 ½ cups unsalted butter (I used Plugra), at room temperature
  • 5-6 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • Milk to thin

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. Spray two 8-inch cake pans with generous amount of baking spray.
  3. Using a stand mixer with a paddle attachment cream together the butter and sugars until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes.
  4. Scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl and beat for another minute.
  5. Add the eggs one at a time, scraping down the bowl after every addition.
  6. Add the powdered buttermilk and vanilla extract and beat until well combined.
  7. Add the orange juice and oil on slow. Increase speed when the liquid is incorporated into the batter. Beat on medium high for about 5 minutes until the batter becomes very light in color.
  8. Scrape down the bowl.
  9. With the mixer on low, add the flour, baking powder, and salt.
  10. Mix until fully combined.
  11. Divide the batter evenly between both pans.
  12. Bake for 30-35 minutes or until a knife inserted comes out clean.
  13. Remove from oven and cool on a wire rack.
  14. For the frosting:
  15. Using a stand mixer with a paddle attachment cream the butter for about 2 minutes.
  16. Add the powdered sugar one cup at a time.
  17. After three cups add the vanilla and about a TBSP of milk to thin.
  18. Continue to beat the frosting.
  19. Add another cup of powdered sugar.
  20. Continue to do this until you reach desired consistency…remember you will be piping it so is needs to be a little soft.
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Comments

  1. Pretty pretty! :)

  2. That looks beautiful, Peabody!

  3. That is beautiful (and tasty looking too). Hopefully all of those non rsvpers read you blog and get with it.

  4. From the people I know who have gotten married, RSVPs so seem to be the most annoying aspect because of what you stated. Or people adding plus one’s when there was no indication that you could do so. As for the cake, I think you’ve mastered the rose frosting technique! Cannot wait to see what flavor you decide upon.

  5. Yes on RSVPs! I have a kid party next weekend and only 1 family has rsvp’d. So frustrating. I wish I could send your post onto them.

    Beautiful cake, I’m sure it’s tasty too!

  6. Non-RSVPers are awful. I believe if they’re going to be rude enough to not RSVP, I can be rude enough to nag them about it. :) That would probably be a problem with something as big as a wedding though, knowing that even small weddings end up with a lot of guests.

    Beautiful cake! I actually used that tutorial once (with tri-color pink, light pink, and white roses) to frost a pink ombre cake inspired by the ombre cake you made a while ago. So I get to see it all come full circle now! :D One question – is the powdered buttermilk for the acid, or for the added buttermilk flavor?

  7. It looks to me like you’ve perfected the rose cake. Beautiful!

  8. @KB- the buttermilk is an acid that helps with the crumb

  9. @Johnna…well I wouldn’t say perfected

  10. Lisa Smith says:

    Beautiful roses! Now I can’t wait to see the key lime cake as I too am a lover of key lime :)

  11. That’s definitely a pet-peeve of mine, when people don’t RSVP. Ugh.

    On a positive note – that CAKE! Gorgeous.

  12. I think you nailed it with the cake roses. So pretty!

  13. All I can say is wow. That is one beautiful cake!

  14. I am in awe of that rose frosting. I can’t even imagine being able to do that. Beautiful. And I had to chuckle that you’re “that” person. I’ve been keeping my Olympic hours in check, thank goodness. :)

  15. Beautiful!

  16. Katie Rose says:

    I HATE nonRSVPers!!! UGHH! Sorry, you touched a nerve. Two of my sisters and my SIL all got married in the past several months (May, July, and January) and the first to get married actually had her baby shower today. People are the WORST at responding. It’s not optional! Particularly for a seated event like a wedding! All the calls and messages and phone tag, ridiculously aggravating. I will say that I have a new appreciation for being asked to RSVP to other people’s events after having participated in the planning/throwing of 3 weddings and 4 showers in such a short time.

    Also, can I say that I’m really stoked about you making your own wedding cake/desserts? I am by no means a professional baker but I think that I do a much better job at making cakes than the average “professional” bakeries in this area, particularly if you don’t want to sell some body parts to afford one. However, I am NOT a good decorator (after I’ve put the work into baking, I’m ready to eat it and I don’t want to bother with decorations you can pick taste good or look good but not both.) Knowing this, my sister accepted my offer of baking her wedding cakes as a gift to her.

    I say cakes plural because we (or at least I) decided that dealing with transportation issues in a non-air conditioned car, to an event not really close to my home, WHILE I and my three children 5 and under were all in the wedding was not going to happen with a stacked cake. Instead I told her that I’d make her a cake table with an assortment of cakes, all decorated in a similar “rustic” (ahem) theme with some homemade candy roses and rosettes. And her main cake would have a second small tier on top of it. The 7 flavors ended up being: Chocolate with Peanut Butter filling, Chocolate with Chocolate Fudge filling, Chocolate with Coconut filling, Coffee with Caramel Cream filling, Vanilla with Cookie Dough Filling, Lemon with Lemon Filling, and Pumpkin with Cream Cheese Filling.

    They were awesome, it was probably the best wedding I’ve ever been to and she still gets random compliments on the genius idea of having such an awesome cake “buffet”. I hope you are enjoying the process and not stressing about it.

  17. Oh goodness, this cake is gorgeous and I absolutely love the flavor you chose! I would love to get a taste of this :)

  18. Such a lovely cake! Much better than anything I could do. And the flavor sounds really good. And a key lime wedding cake would be very interesting indeed.

  19. This cake looks beautiful and the flavors sound lovely. My life completely disappeared during the Olympics. I totally get your obsession.

  20. THe cake is absolutely beautiful!

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