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No matter how many sophisticated pastries I've eaten over the years, and there have been many, my heart simply sings for a vanilla layer cake with buttercream frosting. Add funfetti to the mix and I start getting very starry-eyed indeed. I invited my baking bestie Jen back into the kitchen to create a cake with a bit of a personality disorder. We wanted the cake to have a soft and elegant exterior with a more playful side hidden underneath. We agreed a funfetti cake would be just the thing to bring the smiles upon cutting into that first slice. We filled the apartment with flowers in shades of violet for frosting inspiration et voilà....
Recipe For Violet Buttercream Frosting
- 300 grams unsalted butter
- 500 grams of (4 cups) icing sugar
- 1 tablespoon of heavy cream
- 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
- pinch of sea salt
- Wilton violet icing color gel
Using a stand mixer or electric hand mixer, beat the butter for 4 to 5 minutes until pale and creamy. Add the icing sugar and beat until well incorporated. Add the rest of the ingredients and beat for another 2 to 3 minutes. Add your coloring last. A small amount of gel paste goes a long way so add in small increments until you achieve your desired shade.
Last month I got to welcome back to town my beautiful cake sister, Jen Drew! Most of our time was spent wandering around Paris and cake-storming over coffee at our favorite cafés. We got up to lots of baking projects including this sweet little vanilla cake with strawberry buttercream. As it happens a friend from Switzerland was also in town to document a day spent foraging for ingredients at the markets and flower shops of Le Marais!
I hope you enjoy following along on this special cake collaboration....
*All photos were taken by Carolina Caruso. You can find more of her beautiful photography here: Carolina Caruso