Irresistible Birthday Cake With Hot Pink Butter Icing

hot pink cakeWhether you're celebrating your daughter's, your mother's, or your own birthday, there's nothing like a homemade birthday cake -- decorated in creamy, decadent pink buttery icing. Heck, who said birthday cake had to be limited to birthdays anyway? When a cake looks this good, you make up special occasions for it. Or maybe even try it for Mother's Day!

Thankfully, you don't have to be Cake Boss to create it either. This Ina Garten recipe makes it simple to design a dramatic-looking stacking cake at home that looks like it was purchased from a bakery -- and tastes like it, too!

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Ingredients

For the cake

      • 18 tablespoons (2 1/4 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
      • 3 cups sugar
      • 6 extra-large eggs, at room temperature
      • 8 ounces (about 1 cup) sour cream, at room temperature
      • 1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
      • 1 lemon, zested
      • 3 cups all-purpose flour
      • 1/3 cup cornstarch
      • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
      • 1 teaspoon baking soda

 

For the frosting

      • 3/4 pound (3 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
      • 3 pounds confectioners'sugar, sifted
      • 9 tablespoons milk
      • 3 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
      • 14 drops pink food coloring (rose petal shade)
      • Pink and white candy, for decorating

 

Directions

      1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
      2. Butter and flour a 9-inch cake pan, a 6-inch cake pan, and a 3-inch cake pan.

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