Sophomore year Mrs. Ehresman’s English class, I was randomly paired with a girl named Katie to write a “get to know your neighbor” type poem. That day we both happened to be wearing orange shirts so naturally our poem began with “we’re both wearing orange shirts.” (I know, we clearly have a knack for poetry…) We have been best friends ever since. Here is a stroll down memory lane of our friendship over the years:
Last weekend she married a great guy (oh hey, Marcus!) in a beautiful wedding. Everything about the day was perfect from the flowers to the ceremony and reception to the dress- it was truly a wonderful wedding! During the reception, they had dueling pianos for the music- two guys each at a piano play requested songs and get the crowd moving. They were AMAZING! Seriously, my hips still hurt, my back is sore and I am almost positive I have a shin splint from dancing so much. So I am either aging prematurely or I definitely need to learn to dance. Either way, it was blast!
I was lucky enough to not only be part of their big day but I also made their wedding cake. If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll have seen some periodic cake practice posts but when came time to actually make the cake, I was nervous! Two weeks ago I made a naked cake for my friend’s mom’s 50th birthday. I tried a new recipe and it did not turn out! I had to run to the Nugget (think Wholefoods type store) and buy a cake the morning of because it was so bad. To say I was panicking about making Katie’s cake after that was an understatement!
I decided to stick to the never fail vanilla cake recipe I have used and adjusted in the past. It seriously never fails! I use this recipe as the base for these Strawberry Cupcakes, Cookies & Cream Cupcakes, Circus Animal Cookie Cupcakes and Classic Vanilla Cupcakes. Wow, I didn’t realize how much I like cupcakes!
The wedding was on a Saturday so I made the cake the Monday before and froze it. I then frosted it the day before the wedding and just kept it in the refrigerator. It stayed moist! I’m telling you, this recipe is the best! Thank you, Better Homes and Garden for this 🙂 I finished the cake off with a cute cake topper I purchased on Etsy that complimented the wedding vibe.
I consider Katie and Marcus family and I feel so honored to have been part of their special day and to celebrate with them. Congrats, Katie and Marcus <3
Ingredients: (I doubled the ingredients to make 2 8″ cakes and 2 6″ cakes)
- 1 stick butter
- 4 egg whites
- 2 cups flour, sifted
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1 3/4 cup sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1 1/2 cups buttermilk
- 2 cups butter, softened
- 1 32oz. bag powdered sugar
- 2 tsp clear vanilla extract
- 4 tbls milk (more if needed)
- Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. In a small bowl, combine flour, baking soda, and baking powdered. Set aside.
- Beat butter for about 30 seconds. Gradually add in sugar.
- Add egg whites and vanilla. Beat until incorporated.
- Alternately add flour mixture and buttermilk.
- Spoon batter into pan and bake 17-20 minutes. Let cool completely.
- For the frosting, combine all ingredients in mixer and mix until incorporated. Add more milk to thin the frosting or powdered sugar for a thicker frosting.
- Frost as desired and enjoy!