Birthday Cakes

Whats a birthday without a birthday cake? It is the prime priority of a birthday party. The style of a birthday cake usually depends on the theme of the birthday party.

A pastry or dessert is often an interesting alternative to a cake. Decorated with candles, it brings in luck and happiness into a person's life. Over the Hill Flower Cakes, a geeky birthday cake for tech enthusiasts, sponge cakes are some of the most favored birthday cakes.

Here is a wonderful recipe of a unicorn birthday cake.

Cake: 1 (18.25-oz.) pkg. Pillsbury Moist Supreme Funfetti Cake Mix , 1 cup water, 1/3 cup oil, 3 eggs.

Frosting: 2 (16-oz.) can Pillsbury Creamy Supreme Vanilla Frosting, Purple gel or paste food color.

Decorations: 1 sugar ice cream cone, 2 (6-inch) bamboo skewers, 2 wedge-shaped grapefruit jelly candies, Yellow decorator sugar, Small heart candies, Toothpicks, Black and red gumdrops, Green leaf-shaped gumdrops

Directions - Heat oven to 350°F. Grease and flour 1 1/2-quart ovenproof bowl and 10oz. custard cup. In large bowl, combine all cake ingredients; beat at low speed until moistened. Beat 2 minutes at medium speed. Pour 1/2 cup batter into greased and floured custard cup; pour remaining batter into greased and floured bowl. Place bowl in oven first, then custard cup. Bake at 350°F. Bake cake in custard cup for 20 to 25 minutes; bake cake in bowl for 55 to 60 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool cake in cup and bowl for 15 minutes. Remove cakes from cup and bowl; place on wire rack. Cool 1 hour or until completely cooled. With serrated knife, trim tops of cakes to level. Place bowl cake, flat side down, on platter or foil-covered cardboard. Cut 1/2 inch off one side of cup cake. With bamboo skewer, attach cup cake with cut side toward rounded cake to make nose. Fill ice cream cone with cake scraps from custard cup cake; pierce cake scraps with bamboo skewer. Frost cone with vanilla frosting; roll in yellow decorator sugar. Insert other end of skewer into "head" to form horn. Reserve 1 cup vanilla frosting for the mane. Frost cake with remaining vanilla frosting. Add purple food color to reserved 1 cup frosting; blend well to make purple frosting. With rubber scraper or small metal spatula, spread purple frosting on cake and on platter to create the mane. Sprinkle "mane" with small heart candies. With toothpicks, attach jelly candies to cake for ears. Roll out black gumdrops; cut into shapes for eyes and nose. Attach "eyes" and "nose" to cake. Roll out red gumdrops; shape into roses. Place roses with leaf gumdrops at "neck."

HIGH ALTITUDE (ABOVE 3500 FEET): Use 2 1/2-quart ovenproof bowl and 10-oz. custard cup. Add 1/4 cup flour to dry cake mix. Pour 3/4 cup batter into custard cup; pour remaining batter into bowl. Bake at 375°F. Bake cake in custard cup for 20 to 25 minutes; bake cake in bowl for 40 to 45 minutes.


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