Let’s do math.

At 6:45am.  It’ll be fun…I promise.



Here we go, 2nd-grade-McGraw-Hill-textbook-word-problem-style.

Joanne went to a party on New Year’s Eve.  She brought with her one pink champagne cake, one boyfriend who almost made her travel around the whole perimeter of Manhattan to get to Penn Station just so that he could avoid any subway that went anywhere near Times Square but eventually gave into his girlfriend’s pleas for reason and came to find that actually all such subway lines were actually pleasantly empty (in short…she was right), and two secret Santa gifts.   Joanne took two Benadryl tablets before getting to the party and did not pet the hosts’ shih tzu once while she was there.

Given all of this totally pertinent information, (a) how long did it take before Joanne’s lungs stopped functioning properly, causing her to have to leave the party early and (b) what was the first thing she said (mid-wheeze) to the aforementioned boyfriend (who was extremely concerned about her inability to properly oxygenate her cells, by the way) as soon as their homebound train left the station?


(a) 40 minutes and (b) (with tears in her eyes) “I didn’t even get to try my cake”.

So..yeah.  That is the story of how The.Boy. and I went to two New Year’s Eve parties in two states before midnight.

And the story of why I am still, to this day, coughing like a 30-year-smoker-with-emphysema.  It’s sexy and oh so attractive.  Not.  Really, it just gets me weird looks at the gym and makes my throat hurt. Fun.

And the story of why I can’t tell you anything about how this cake tasted other than that reports back from the party were that it was awesome.

As someone who taste tested the batter and the frosting with reckless abandon…I believe it.


Pink Champagne Cake
Yields 2 8″ cake layers, adapted from Sweetapolita

For the cake: 

  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 cups (400 g) sugar
  • 3 cups (360 g) cake flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 3/4 tsp baking soda
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 6 egg whites, room temperature
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 cups champagne, room temperature

For the frosting: 

  • 3 sticks + 2 tbsp unsalted butter, softened and cut into cubes
  • 3 cups (480 g) confectioners’ sugar, sifted
  • 1/4 cup champagne
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • pinch of salt
  • A hint of red food gel


  1. Preheat the oven to 350. Grease two 8-inch cake pans with butter, line the bottoms with parchment and butter again.  Dust with flour.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, cream the butter and sugar until pale and fluffy, about 5 minutes on medium-high speed.
  3. While the butter and sugar are blending sift the cake flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt together.
  4. Gradually add the egg whites to the mixer on medium speed, followed by the vanilla. Add and alternate the dry ingredients and champagne, starting and end with the dry (3 additions, 2 wet) and mix until just fully incorporated.
  5. Distribute the batter evenly between the two prepared pans.
  6. Bake until a toothpick or cake tester inserted comes out clean (don’t open the oven door before 25 minutes), about 35 minutes. The top of the cake should bounce back when gently touched. Let sit on the pan in the wire rack for 10 minutes before removing from the pan to cool completely.
  7. For the frosting, in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, whip the butter for 8 minutes on medium. It will become very pale and creamy.
  8. Add the remaining ingredients and mix on low speed for 1 minute, then on medium speed for 6 minutes. Frosting will be very light, creamy and fluffy.
  9. Frost the cake as desired. I used this fabulous rose cake technique from I Am Baker! Here is a link to her super useful tutorial:

I am submitting this to Taste and Tell Thursdays!

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120 Responses to Pink Champagne Cake

  1. Oh dear! I can’t believe you didn’t get to eat this GORGEOUS cake! It looks absolutely amazing. Hope you are feeling better soon!!!

  2. AH I would have been heartbroken on missing out on tasting that cake, too. It looks so pretty! Your body is really hating dogs these days:-(

  3. Kim says:

    Oh no! Can’t believe you made such a gorgeous cake and didn’t get a slice for yourself! This has to be the prettiest cake of all time.

    So sorry about the allergic reaction. That’s no way to spend new year’s eve.

  4. That’s horrible! Are you just allergic to dogs or to all animals? 🙁

    And I can’t believe they didn’t save you a slice!

  5. I just knew it as I was reading your story. That’s absolutely the worst when you spend so much time making something and then don’t even get to try it. I feel for you! And I hope you are feeling better. I’m sure the cake was amazing!

  6. Oh no! I would be so totally bummed, too. Well, it IS absolutely beautiful, if that’s any consolation (okay, it’s totally not, I know). I suppose you’ll just have to make another. And send me half ;P.

  7. Foodycat says:

    That’s so pretty! I’m sorry your New Year’s wasn’t up to scratch.

  8. Oh! That stinks. I would be sad if I didn’t get to try a piece of this cake, too. It looks wonderful! Time to make another one I suppose 🙂

  9. Jessie says:

    Bummer! I’m sorry you didn’t get to try your cake – and what a gorgeous cake it is! Any chance of a repeat baking session? I’m sure there must be something to celebrate, like the fact that it’s Friday. I hope you’re feeling better – allergies are a real beast, and I’m sure you’re feeling pretty crappy.

    By the way, that word problem totally reminded me of this one teacher I had who used to put all our names in word problems on tests. Apparently I’ve been in outer space! 🙂

  10. london bakes says:

    Oh no, what a nightmare! (Although if I was at the party, I may have been secretly delighted that there were two less people to share this gorgeous cake with…) It looks totally gorgeous – I’m in awe of your cake decorating skills!

  11. Simply Life says:

    oh I’m so sad you didn’t get to try this- it looks incredible! hope you feel better!

  12. SallyBR says:

    Oh, this is just too wonderful a cake!

    Never in a million years I could do something as beautiful and professional-looking, what a goddess you are!

    I say you need to make another one. Right away, strike while the iron is hot… 😉

    (hope you fell better soon)

  13. So happy to see this delicate pink cake up here. Love your choice of frosting. It takes courage, swathing champagne cake all in pink.. Well done, you. Good luck with health. hope you feel better soon!

  14. What a sad story! NYE is overrated anyway. Next year I vote make this cake and stay home.

  15. that looks totally gorgeous!! and i would’ve been devastated not to get to try it 🙁 or see everyone’s reactions after trying it… boo that you’re so allergic to dogs, though. hope you’re feeling better soon!

  16. You poor think, that is crappy! But the cake turned out amazing and I am sure the guests at the party loved it. It’s so beautiful!!! This would be so perfect for Valentines Day!!

  17. I want that cake!! It’s so pink and pretty! Too bad you didn’t get to try it but I am sure it was delicious. Hope you feel better soon!

  18. Beth says:

    Sorry you were sick – that kind of thing happens to my husband at parties too. Hope you’re feeling better soon. And I’m sure everyone else loved that cake!

  19. I am so so sorry you didn’t get to eat the cake. It is gorgeous beyond words and sounds really delicious. Feel better soon!

  20. Victoria says:

    First of all HAPPY NEW YEAR! Second, I’m sorry you didn’t get to try your cake. That is my worst fear… not reaping the rewards of my baking efforts. Third, champagne cake sounds awesome and I look forward to making it someday. Finally, your decorating skills are great! Love the rose swirls on the cake. I’ve used that technique on cupcakes but never on cake but I’m totally doing that next time!! xoxo

  21. It’s so awful when allergies get the best of you in your lungs and literally ruin everything. My friend in high school senior year, who’s dad was the cool dad and let parents drink, threw all the cool sleepover boy-girl parties – he had dogs and by 10 at night I always had to leave because I couldn’t breath. Boo. Sounds like it is TIME to make another champagne cake!

  22. Marcia says:

    That’s awful…both the allergies and missing out on your cake. 🙁

    I was asleep by 9. I didn’t even get to watch the ball drop in NYC (Which is the west coast parent’s version of NYE).

  23. Amy says:

    Oh honey 🙁 And when you tweeted that your throat was on fire, I assumed it was due to trying some awesome hot/spicy Thai food or something. This reason is infinitely worse! Feel better!

  24. Dining Alone says:

    I am the same way with cats, the effects linger for days! I saw the pictures of this cake pop up in my flickr feed and could not wait to see it on the blog, I am sure it was delicious! Have a great weekend!

  25. “frost the cake as desired”…

    I always desire that my cakes look like this…

    I am usually as disappointed as someone who attends a party and doesn’t get to taste the cake.

    Happy New Year anyway, and assume the cake tastes as good as it looked and be happy you don;t have to jog off the sliver of cake you deserved


  26. Karis says:

    What a gorgeous cake, I’m so sorry to hear that you had to leave the party before trying it. I love my cats, but I feel terrible when they cause allergic reactions. My boss’ eyes were once nearly swelled shut before he admitted he needed to leave my xmas party.

  27. If the beauty of this cake says anything about how it tastes, then it must be absolutely wonderful. It’s so unfortunate that you didn’t get to taste it – I guess you’ll just have to make it again. (Which might not be so terrible). And you’re right, emphysema induced coughing is so so sexy. It gets me every time.

  28. woman!
    why didn’t the boy either:
    a) grab a slice before leaving
    b) take you home, go back for said slice?


  29. Kelsey says:

    I’m so sorry you didn’t get to enjoy some of this cake. It’s so beautiful and so pink and so full of bubbly! I hope you’re feeling better soon. Maybe you’ll have to make a mini version for Valentine’s Day so you and the boy can enjoy this together.

  30. sandra says:

    who cares how it tasted! it looks absolutely amazing. how do you make those beautiful roses? And the frosting actually has champagne in it? How wonderful is that?

  31. sandra says:

    … and I am sorry to hear that you had to leave early and that your throat did not fix until way later. that’s gotta suck.

  32. This is so so pretty! Should make one more and enjoy it all by yourself!!

  33. Lora says:

    Wow what a gorgeous cake!

  34. Joanne that is such a gorgeous cake. You know the only sensible thing to do – you must remake it so that you can properly taste it. How about for Valentines Day? That is certainly a holiday fitting of a pink champagne cake!

  35. Karen says:

    That is beautiful!! Sounds like a New Year’s Eve to remember … hope you feel better fast!

  36. 1. I can’t believe you didn’t even get to eat your own cake!
    2. you are really good at math
    3. where were you when I was getting married? I would have hired you to make this GORGEOUS cake!

  37. Oh no! I’m so sorry you got sick and didn’t get to taste this. It’s so gorgeous!

  38. Mary Younkin says:

    Missing the cake is almost as sad as how miserable you were with the allergies. What a sweet guy to get your home and not actually laugh at your misery over the cake. I hope you are feeling much much better now. Have a blessed New Year, Joanne!

  39. Natalie says:

    I love this cake! Beautiful colour and my goodness champagne in the frosting and cake batter? how can it not be good!

  40. Omg that you MADE THAT! It’s drop dead stunning and whatever you’re doing, quit your day job and open a bakery. You HAVE TO!

    Next about your health and having to go home and not even eat the cake and the crises that night…omg. I hope you’re on the mend and things like that have happened to me before where freakish allergic reactions just happen. Scary!

    Pinning this cake – so beautiful!

  41. OhmyGosh. OMG, on the coughing. You poor thing. OMG on this cake. Whoa, Nellie! Listen, my friends know that whenever I deliver a cake, there is ALWAYS a slice missing. Guaranteed. I call it quality control. I would love to have see the inside of this cake…better yet, have had it in my belly. This is one gorgeous cake. GORGEOUS. So pretty and…well, I have cake lust.
    PS: I have not sworn off deserts. I swear. Never will.

  42. Ashley Bee says:

    I would like to make this cake. I would REALLY LIKE TO MAKE THIS CAKE! It’s gorgeous and looks delish!!

  43. Oh man, I can’t believe you had to leave the party before tasting the cake. But seriously, this is the worlds most beautiful dessert I’ve ever seen. I want to face plant into it (and that’s not just my snacky-it’s-2:30pm self talking).

  44. booo I’m so sorry you had such a slip…coughing may not be sexy but this cake is soooo sexy!!! =)

  45. Eileen says:

    Oh man! What a disappointment! That cake looks so beautiful too. At least you got to lick the beaters. 🙂 Allergies are the worst, aren’t they?

  46. Christine says:

    This reads like my life if you swap a cat for the dog. Can’t make it longer than 15 min. in a cat house before my lungs and nose close up and I need an inhaler. I feel for you, not fun. And worse yet…no cake! That would just frost me (pun intended). 😉 Gorgeous cake and I agree with Debby, now I have cake lust!

  47. Debbie says:

    Even though you had a tough night you did bake an absolutely gorgeous cake. It is really stunning. It’s so pretty that I can picture it with pearls all around it. Another one to bookmark!

  48. Hotly Spiced says:

    What a way to kick-off the New Year. I’m so sorry for you especially after you lugged that cake across Manhattan on public transport making sure it didn’t come to any harm, only to end up not even being there when the knife went through it. What an outcome! But it does look amazing and I’d like to try this because I’ve NEVER added champagne to my cake batter or icing before xx

  49. I would cry too if I went through all that work and made a thing of such beauty and didn’t get to taste it! Wow, it’s beautiful! My husband has allergies to dogs and especially cats. Not fun.

  50. Suzie says:

    I know how allergies are I can’t be by horses or cats…at all. I bet your cake tasted wonderful, you could always make one for Valentine’s day 🙂 Hope you are all better now!! Have a great weekend!!

  51. Aww that sucks!! I can’t believe you didn’t even get to try this gorgeous cake! I can totally taste it from here. Mmmm.

  52. Katie says:

    This cake is gorgeous. I’m not ever one for frosting a cake, but the flowers on this are just beautiful. Sorry you didn’t get to enjoy it fully.

  53. Ok, I think not getting to eat a piece of that cake would be a bigger downer than having to leave the party early – it is distinctly possible that I would have taken the cake with me!! Anyway, it does look absolutely stunning and I am totally inspired about a cake that has champagne in it.

    After all the heartache and loss that you have suffered in the last year, I’m sending you the very best of wishes from the bottom of the world for a very happy year ahead.

  54. Joanne, this is GORGEOUS! And it sounds divine. So sorry you didn’t get to eat any of it (or by the sounds of it ave a great NYE)

  55. That Girl says:

    I absolute hate when I don’t get to try a baked good I’ve made! I love making them for parties because it means it won’t be sitting around at my house, but even without allergies there’s always a chance I won’t get a bite!

  56. Kari says:

    I can only say, you will have to make it again…and have the next one all for you and The Boy 😉 More seriously, I am so sorry you had a reaction at such a bad time, and that you missed out on what looks like a seriously incredible cake!

  57. Astra Libris says:

    I am SO sorry to hear abut your cough!! 🙁 poor you! And you baked such a gorgeous, gorgeous cake… I hope you feel better soon!!!

  58. You’re that allergic to dogs? Yikes! I thought it was cats that most people were allergic too. That’s soooo sad. About the dog allergy and the cake. You need to make a mini one just for you and the boy. BTW, will we ever learn his name?

  59. Chris says:

    Didn’t know you were allergic to dogs…that’s ruff.

    Cake is beautiful, J!

  60. Ranjani says:

    Gorgeous! I’m confident that it tasted just as good as it looks!

  61. Aw, what a bummer your New Year’s eve turned out like that…but it sounds like your cake was a total hit! I can’t believe you carried that cake on public transportation. Oh darn, you’ll just have to make this cake again 😉

  62. Sammie says:

    Aww Joanne you poor thing! Sorry to hear about that! 🙁 but well I gotta say that cake sure does look good though! It cant taste bad when it’s this beautiful! Champagne sure adds a unique flavour to it as well! Happy New Year to you too dear!

  63. Saguna says:

    I trust all those reports, this looks amazing. And not getting to try a masterpiece like this?! I would be up in arms. Seriously. I would have been (not-so-subtly)taste-testing the icing and the cake before it even arrived anywhere near a party if it were this pretty. 🙂

    Also, I really hope your lungs are back in business by now and not giving you too much trouble anymore…

  64. Barbara says:

    That’s terrible! My daughters cat came to visit over the holidays and when my son walked in the door he started sneezing and wheezing. So I know all about that problem.
    The cake looks fabulous!

  65. Gwen says:

    That stinks! As a fellow major allergic to all things with fur person, I can totally sympathize! I had a major hives and throat closing episode the very first time I went to my husband (then boyfriends) house. He had two HUGE hairy dogs and I’m pretty sure he didn’t even own a vacuum. 😉

    I can’t wait to share this cake with my sis-in-law and beautiful nieces who just a few days ago lost their mom/grandma.
    They love champagne cake, what a wonderful coincidence!

  66. Gwen says:

    That stinks! As a fellow major allergic to all things with fur person, I can totally sympathize! I had a major hives and throat closing episode the very first time I went to my husband (then boyfriends) house. He had two HUGE hairy dogs and I’m pretty sure he didn’t even own a vacuum. 😉

    I can’t wait to share this cake with my sis-in-law and beautiful nieces who just a few days ago lost their mom/grandma.
    They love champagne cake, what a wonderful coincidence!

  67. Julie says:

    So sad! BUT what a beautiful cake!!! Looks delicious, too. Happy New Year!!!

  68. Sippity Sup says:

    Did you at least get some (actual) champagne? GREG

  69. At least you MADE it to midnight! ;). I often think that the best part about making a magnificent cake like your wonderful creation is the response from other people…it never tastes as good as when someone else makes it and praise to the max for a cake you didn’t even get to sample is all positives…no calories…no glycemic spikes…all praise and no sugar rushes! Its a win/win situation for all! (hey…at least I TRIED to make you feel better about it! 😉 )

  70. Gloria says:

    oh dear Im SO sorry about your allergic:(
    But your cake is one of the most beautiful I ever seen. georgeous!!!xo

  71. Joanne the cake does look sunning. pity you didnt get to taste it. Hope you have stopped wheezing by now. I am so excited to have a cake thAt uses champagne. I always have open bottles of prosecco at work and am so leased to be able to use it

  72. First of all, that cake is PERFECTION – they must have felt a twinge of guilt actually cutting into it before totally digging in!! And second of all, thank goodness you sampled the frosting! Hope you are all better, and Happy New Year!! 🙂

  73. This is simply beautiful and I LOVE that there’s champagne in this!!! Happy to follow you 🙂
    Mary x

  74. Tandy says:

    Mmmmm, anything with champagne has to be good. Sorry your allergy didn’t let you enjoy it.

  75. Jenn Kendall says:

    oh my gosh that cake is stunning! sounds delicious, and hope you are feeling better!

  76. Erica says:

    It sounds like a delicious cake,Joanne!I am sorry about your party!

  77. Oh no! Clearly, you’ll have to make this cake again. I can’t take the thought of you not getting to taste it. It looks delightful and delicious!

  78. grace says:

    even though you didn’t get to sample the cake, at least you can rest easy knowing you created a GORGEOUS frosting design! i love the color too, and all the champagne makes it perfect for new years. maybe next year you’ll get a bite. 🙂

  79. Johanna GGG says:

    with a cake that pretty you deserved to stay at the party – sounds amazing – and I am impressed you even made it – I felt terrible on new years and couldn’t even get out of the house

  80. Martha says:

    Wow, I’m floored! That is the prettiest and most delicious sounding cake ever with the champagne thrown in. Absolutely perfect for a New Year’s celebration! I think you should make another one for Valentines Day so you can actually have a piece this time!!

  81. megan says:

    Your cake is beautiful!!

    P.S. I’m impressed you made it through nyc on NYE with this cake and it was still intact when you arrived at the party.

  82. Reeni Pisano says:

    What a crime! The cake is sooooo pretty – it would make a good wedding cake! I’m sorry you missed out. It looks absolutely delectable.

  83. Hannah says:

    Well then, it sounds like you’re due for a second celebration, complete with cake! It’s so lovely, it’s a shame no one even thought to save you a piece. At least now you could re-bake and horde a full one for yourself, right? That would be completely acceptable, if not necessary.

  84. I get upset when I don’t get to take photos of a dessert I bring somewhere, but not even getting to taste it? I can’t imagine! It looks gorgeous though and I love that it has champagne in it! Hope you still had a happy New Year!

  85. Oh my goodness this cake is absolutely beautiful!! Sounds like you all really had a night!!

  86. What an absolutely stunning cake, Joanne! It really sucks that you didn’t get to try it, and that your night was cut short by a furry little creature 🙁 Happy New Year!

  87. There is only one logical way to totally remedy this problem of not having tried the cake — Bloggers. Valentine’s. Party. It’s perfect — pink and pretty and begging to be tried and enjoyed. (OMG, it looks incredible)

  88. Awww noooooo I’m sorry you didn’t even try it!! But I must say it LOOKS like the best goddamn cake I’ve ever seen! Plus, you’ll just have to make another…and maybe haul it up to Boston and meet me in person because you’re pretty fabulous 🙂

  89. Juliana says:

    What a beautiful cake…everything looks perfect…and so sorry that you could not try it…this is sure an excuse to bake another one 🙂
    Happy 2013 and have a great week Joanne!

  90. Cara says:

    What a bummer! Almost as bad as getting so full on cake batter and frosting that you have no appetite for the finished product. Yup, I’ve been there (though somehow I still manage to force myself.) Hope you are feeling better!

  91. What a beautiful cake! I just discovered your blog and I’ll be back for sure. It looks like you have some amazing recipes.

  92. I love how you wrote this post! So creative and engaging. I don’t think I would have been able to get over not trying the cake. I would have had to snag a piece before I left. The cake sounds wonderful with the champagne in it. Just an excuse to make it again 🙂

  93. i’m not sure how i missed this post, but it’s beautiful. love the cake! 🙂

  94. elly says:

    Oh no! I hope you’re feeling better now. Can’t believe you missed out on this beautiful cake! I need to throw a NYE party, just to invite you and see what awesome dish you bring.

  95. I’m sorry you didn’t get a chance to try it – but really – this is some major gorgeousness happening here! I may have to travel to NY to get a taste of this!

  96. Kerstin says:

    Oh no, well at least you got to taste the frosting! When I bake cakes, I usually put a little batter in a muffin tin and make 1 cupcake – then I can taste it and make sure it’s delicious… 🙂 It’s a beautiful cake!

  97. Laura says:

    First of all, I am pinning this recipe. Second of all, I think it was really unfair to post this recipe after the be healthy resolutions post! Third of all, that SUCKS that you are allergic to dogs and I hope you feel better soon. But I might blame you if MY jeans don’t button easily! 😉

  98. Allergies suck, but this is an absolutely gorgeous cake!

  99. Your blog is going to make me so fat! This cake is crazy gorgeous, can’t believe you didn’t get to try it!

  100. Deborah says:

    This is seriously gorgeous!! And I can’t believe you didn’t get to try it – you are definitely going to have to make it again – all for yourself! Thanks for linking up to Taste and Tell Thursdays.

  101. I have a question, i’ve made champaigne cake twice now and this was my 2nd time and i love the flavor but both times i’ve made it, it turns out almost bread-like, is it supposed to or I am I doing something wrong?

    • Joanne says:

      Hi Heather! Are you making any changes to the recipe? In all honesty, I didn’t get to taste the cake because I got really sick and had to leave the party to which I brought it but no one I knew mentioned it having a bread-like texture. Did you make it with regular flour or cake flour because that may account for the texture differences!

  102. I have a question, i’ve made champaigne cake twice now and this was my 2nd time and i love the flavor but both times i’ve made it, it turns out almost bread-like, is it supposed to or I am I doing something wrong?

  103. Looks amazing! Is there a way to successfully make this without a stand mixer??

  104. Joanne says:

    Hi Olivia! Do you have a hand mixer? Its definitely doable with that in place of a stand mixer!

  105. stephanie says:

    this cake is exactly what I have been looking for the only problem is I don’t drink, so I have no idea what kind of champagne to buy do you have any recommendations or the name of the stuff you used. please and thank you

  106. tina says:

    What a beautiful cake! I’ve been searching for this recipe after having a slice @ Nordstrom Cafe. So pretty, and elegant, and perfect for Girly Days! BTW, were there other animals there? Shih-tzu’s are hypoallergenic dogs, they have hair, not fur. I became incredibly allergic to dogs and cats after going through Chemo for BC. After researching found a few breeds, and chose a Shih-tzu. No problems w/ her after 11 years. I’m truly sad that you didn’t enjoy your evening, and missed out on the cake to boot! Cheers to a better New Year’s Eve this year! Thank you again for the recipe!

  107. Amanda says:

    Thanks so much for using my Original Rose Cake technique! 🙂

  108. Maggie says:

    I made this over the weekend and had a question about the frosting. All other butter cream recipe’s I’ve used have no where near as much butter in them. Is 3 sticks an accurate amount? It seems excessive, and when I made the frosting last night, it was super buttery. Like way to much butter, buttery.

    • joanne says:

      3 sticks is the amount I used for the frosting…I think that everyone just has different buttercream preferences, with some people liking it to be more sweet/less buttery, and others liking it more buttery/less sweet. It just depends on what kind of flavors you like in your frostings. At the same time, you want to make sure you have enough buttercream to frost the whole cake, which is also a factor that goes into just how much butter you use. Maybe next time try a 2 sticks butter: 3-4 cups confectioner’s sugar ratio, which might give you more of the type of flavor you want!

  109. Ellen says:

    Am making this right now and followed everything exactly, but the cake batter is overflowing the pans in the oven. Any ideas as to what I did wrong? Batter tastes amazing! Can’t wait to try finished product. Just hope it’ll turn out ok. Thanks for your help.

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  111. d says:

    Hello, I am eager to try this recipe but have one question..are the egg whites added as they are or must they be beaten first (to create stiff peaks)? Thank you!

  112. Eday12 says:

    OMG!! This cake is awesome!! Just made it today for my daughter’s bday and everyone loves it!! Thank you for sharing Joanne!!

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