Make this cake for a gathering or turn it into an activity! Have each lady bring a frosted cake and provide candy and cake decorations for everyone to decorate their cake together. So many fun possibilities!
Check out the step-by-step photos below as a guide. Happy 15 years Red Hat Society!
Purple Celebration CakeAdapted from Smitten Kitchen
Cake1 stick unsalted butter, at room temperature
1/2 cup frozen raspberries, thawed and pureed in blender
1/2 cup frozen blueberries, thawed and pureed in blender
3 egg whites
1/3 cup milk
1 1/2 cups cake flour (to make your own cake flour, measure out 1 1/2 cups of all-purpose flour, subtract 3 tablespoons of flour and replace with 3 tablespoons of cornstarch. Sift twice to combine and proceed.)
3/4 cup sugar
1 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
a little extra softened butter for greasing the pan
Frosting1 - 8 oz. package cream cheese, at room temperature
1/2 stick unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 teaspoon real vanilla extract
3/4 cup confectioners sugar, sifted (or more to taste)
exacto blade or sharp scissors
red and purple sanding sugar
Make the Cake
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Butter an 8 inch round or square pan. Line the bottom with parchment and butter the paper.
- In a stand mixer (like a kitchen aid with paddle attachment) or with an electric mixer, blend the softened butter with the fruit puree until light and fluffy, 2-3 minutes. Scrape down the sides of the bowl with a flexible spatula and blend, again, 30 seconds more. Add egg whites and milk and blend until combine thoroughly.
- In a medium bowl, combine cake flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Use a whisk to combine. Add to the butter/fruit/egg/milk mixture and combine with a spoon or spatula until you don't see any more flour the the batter is just combined. Do not overmix.
- Pour batter into your prepared 8 inch pan. Bake the cake for 25-35 minutes or until a toothpick or cake tester inserted in the center of the baked cake comes out clean. Cool cake completely before frosting.
Make the Frosting
- In the bowl of a stand mixer (like a Kitchen Aid mixer with a paddle attachment) or a large bowl with an electric mixer, cream together the softened cream cheese and butter. Blend for 2-3 minutes or until the mixture is light and fluffy. Scrape down the sides of the bowl, add the vanilla and mix until thoroughly combined.
- Add 3/4 cups of sifted confectioners sugar and mix until combined. Taste to see if you would like the frosting sweeter and add more sugar, if you like.
- Use scraps of wax or parchment paper and tuck under each side of the cake to keep your serving plate clean. If you have a lazy susan, this helps to turn and spread the frosting, too.
- Spread a thin coating of room temperature frosting on the completely cooled cake. Start with the sides and then frost the top. Once a thin, even layer is applied, add the rest of your frosting and spread evenly.
- Use a cardboard box (leftover from cereal, granola bars, etc.) and draw out the number 15. Use an exacto blade or sharp scissors to cut the letters out of the cardboard.
- Place the stencil over your cake, making sure to center it the best you can. Press down a bit to make sure the stencil lays flat on the cake.
- Use a spoon to carefully add the sugar into each stencil. Spoon both sugar colors around the edge, too, if you like. Serve and enjoy!