Did ya miss me? I certainly missed you.
After another long hiatus, I have returned with a fresh and new holiday-themed cake. What can I say, I love holidays! Can you believe it's almost Valentine's Day already?! Is it just me, or has 2017 felt incredibly long yet at the same time flown by? Wasn't it just Christmas? Am I getting old? Do I need to worry? What am I doing here?!
Anywho, let's talk L-O-V-E. We need some more of it right now, am I right? With everything that's been going on politically, it's been easy to fall into a negativity or combative spiral but something you just need a break from it all. Valentine's (or Galentine's) Day is the perfect day to remind us, that despite it all we still have the power to love. We can show love to our friends, family, partners, roommates, ourselves; whomever you choose. And I might be biased but I think a cake is the perfect way to do that.
After such a long break from Whipped Up Whimsy, I honestly forgot how satisfying it is to bake. It's seriously stress relieving, y'all! Not only is this cake a way to show some love to someone special, but its also going to help you whip out some stress. Maybe. If it doesn't than you can just eat the cake.
When I was thinking of what I could whip up for this special holiday (that I fully admit I haven't always had the fondest feelings towards) I really wanted something special. Chocolate was too predictable. Anything red velvet or cherry flavored seemed cliché. Vanilla is always too boring. Chocolate chip cake seemed like a perfect balance. It's different, unexpected, and quite simply delicious.
Paired with a vanilla frosting (non-pink would be fine too and *ahem* boring) this Love Bug cake is the perfect treat after a decadent Valentine meal. It's also a great breakfast. Like, even better than chocolate chip pancakes great. Why yes, yes it is what I had for breakfast. You should try it too.
Ciao for now babies!
Vanilla Pink Buttercream
- 1 cup unsalted butter, high quality (trust me, it makes a difference in frosting)
- 4 cups powdered sugar
- 2-3 tablespoons heavy whipping cream
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- Rose Color Amerigel Food Coloring
In a stand mixer, beat butter on medium speed until pale and fluffy: about five minutes. Reduce the speed to low/stir and gradually add in powdered sugar, one cup at a time. Add heavy whipping cream to loosen the frosting until you get desired consistency. Scrape the sides of your bowl and add in one or two drops of pink food gel. Beat quickly for 30 seconds. Frost your cake.
Optional: Decorate cake with Wilton Jumbo Heart Sprinkles.