Make a birthday for someone you care about extra special with a homemade cake! This was the first time I’ve attempted baking a cake that didn’t come directly from a box.It’s also the first time I’ve put the skills I learned from Wilton’s Decorating Basics class to use. As coconut was a favorite flavor of the birthday person, I thought a Coconut Vanilla Bean cake would be a good recipe to try.
The first day to bake, assemble and ice the two tiers….
…and the second day to decorate the cake.
A border around the cake gives it a more polished finished. I used the Wilton Star Tip 104 to create this shell-like border and Wilton Tip 3 to create the dots around the cake.
The buttercream roses were made using the same recipe as the icing and require decorating tools to create (I used a Cake Decorating Set from Wilton). Wilton provided step-by-step instructions on how to make the roses here. Before adding them to the cake, I put them in the freezer for 20 minutes to make sure they would maintain their shape.
I arranged the roses in the “birds nest” style in the center of the cake. Feel free to be change it up and place them in your own decorative design.
Keep the cake in the fridge until about 15-20 minutes before serving. This will allow the buttercream icing to soften a bit (noone really likes hard icing). Although this cake is a lot more work than buying something from the bakery, I loved the ability to make something from the heart and put my decorating skills to the test!