Pink Almond Party Cake

pinkalmondpartycake copyMy Mom has “Super Powers.” These Super Powers make it very hard to live up to her example. So, one Super Power is that she would make great birthday cakes when I was a kid. I remember she made me a teddy bear cake and another time a ladybug cake. Super Power! This is something fun that I do with my kids too. I try to come up with cakes – either that they ask for – or that I come up with on my own that they will like and remember. This cake is a Pink Almond Party cake that I made for Jessica’s birthday a couple years ago. The recipe is listed below. The great thing about the Pink Almond Party cake is that it is elegant AND easy!

So anyway – as we were getting ready for the party to start and just before the guests arrived, Jessica was helping me with last minute party table preparations when Jared said, “What is the deal Mom? You always make Jessica these fancy cakes and you don’t go to all this trouble for MY birthday.”

HELLO? I was stunned – instantly sad – speechless! Thankfully, Jessica was right there and also helps with party planning. She said, “Jared, don’t you remember that Mom made you a rock and roll cake last year?” Jessica, turned little life saver, was able to help me breathe again. But it was true – I had made a rock and roll theme cake with a guitar on it, musical notes, red and black icing. I mean if he didn’t remember that cake from just a few months ago did that mean he didn’t remember the football cake with little teddy graham football players? Or, the baseball cake with little teddy graham baseball players? If you are a boy into sports how do you forget those cakes?!?!

Needless to say Jared is a pretty good sport and after we reminded him of Birthdays Past he cheerfully acknowledged that indeed I go all out for his birthday too. Still – my take away from the conversation is that I had better come up with something really great for his next birthday cake.

So months later as his birthday party was drawing near I began thinking about different cakes I could make that would be memorable for him. I combed through magazines and recipe books trying to get ideas. And of course I had in the back of my mind “What would Mom, with her cake making Super Power make?” Finally in donned on me that I was a bit off track and I needed to draw NOT on my Mom’s cake making Super Power but, instead, draw on her VERY BEST Super Power to pull this party off for Jared.

So on the day of the party I kept the cake hidden under Jessica’s guard until all the guests arrived. I told everyone what Jared had said to me at Jessica’s party and how I really wanted this to be a birthday he would always remember. So with everyone on the same page I removed the cover from the cake to reveal – a Pink Almond Party Cake. After all, my Mom’s VERY BEST Super Power is her sense of humor. Yes, Jared will tell you that he will always remember the time I made him a PINK birthday cake!

So – for a girl – or a boy who needs a lesson in Who’s Your Mama – I hope you enjoy the Pink Almond Party Cake!

Heat oven to 350 degrees (325 degrees if using dark or nonstick baking pans). Spray bottoms and sides of two 9 inch round cake pans with baking spray and flour. To large mixing bowl add…..
1 box white cake mix
1 ¼ cups water
1/3 cup vegetable oil
2 teaspoons almond extract
3 egg whites
6 drops of red food coloring
Beat on low with electric mixer for 30 seconds until ingredients are combined, then beat on medium for 2 minutes scraping bowl occasionally. Divide batter evenly between prepared 9 inch round baking pans. Bake 25-30 minutes or until toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool in pans on wire rack for 10 minutes before removing cakes from pans. Set cakes also on wire cooling rack to cool completely.
As cakes are cooling, chop…..
4 ounces white almond bark
and place in small microwavable bowl. Microwave uncovered on high 30 seconds. Stir and microwave on high for another 30 seconds stirring again until smooth. Stir in…..
2 teaspoons oil
Spoon about half the melted coating into another small bowl and add…..
2-3 drops of red food coloring to tint to a light pink.
Line a small bowl with foil. Pour half the white melted candy coating into the foil lined bowl. Pour half the pink tinted melted candy coating on top. Pull a knife through the coatings to make a marble design. Add remaining white and pink tinted coating on top of the marbled coating and gently run a knife through the top layer of coating to marble that layer too. Place the bowl in the refrigerator until set, about 20 minutes. Remove from refrigerator.
Then in large mixing bowl beat…..
½ cup salted sweet cream butter, softened
¼ cup shortening
1 teaspoon almond extract
4 cups powdered sugar
4 Tablespoons milk
….on low speed until well blended. Then beat on medium speed adding up to an additional
1 Tablespoon milk
to make the frosting fluffy and spreadable.
On serving plate place 1 cake layer rounded side down. Frost the top. Top with the second cake layer with rounded side up. Frost side and top of cake. Remove candy coating from bowl and peel off the foil. With vegetable peeler make curls of candy by pulling the peeler around the outside edge of the block of candy coating. Place these decorator curls on top of the cake.

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