These delicate cakes are inspired by those from Alice in Wonderland - just be careful which ones you eat!
¼ cup unsalted butter, room temperature
¼ cup shortening, room temperature
1 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
2 tsp baking powder
½ tsp salt
2/3 cup milk
3 egg whites
2 lbs confectioner’s sugar
2/3 cup + 2 tbsp water
2 tsp orange extract
blue, pink and orange food coloring
3 tbsp unsalted butter, room temperature
1 tbsp shortening, room temperature
1/4 tsp vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups confectioner’s sugar
2 tbsp milk
red and blue food coloring
Let's get Cooking...
Bake the cake:
Cream the butter, shortening and sugar in a bowl with an electric mixer until light and fluffy. Add the vanilla and mix until combined. In a separate bowl, combine the flour, baking powder and salt. Add to the butter mixture in 2 additions, alternating with the milk. In a separate bowl, beat the egg whites until soft peaks form. Fold into the batter. Pour into a greased 9” square baking pan and bake at 350F for 20-25 minutes, until a skewer inserted into the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes in the pan, then transfer to a wire rack and cool completely. Slice a thin layer off each side of the cake to remove any excess browning. Use a cookie cutter to cut out square, circle and star shapes. Place on a wire rack with a sheet of parchment paper underneath.
Make the glaze:
Combine the confectioner’s sugar, water and orange extract in a bowl with an electric mixer, beating until smooth. Divide into 3 bowls and dye it blue, pink and orange. Spoon the glaze over the tops and sides of the cakes, allowing the excess to drip off. Let dry and apply a second coat if necessary, allowing it to dry completely.
Make the frosting:
Beat the butter, shortening and vanilla extract in a bowl with an electric mixer until smooth. Add the confectioner’s sugar and milk until it reaches you desired consistency. Divide into 2 bowls and dye it red and blue. Place in piping bags fitted with small, round piping tips. Pipe “EAT ME” onto the cakes. Enjoy!