Monday, August 15, 2016

Scalloped Layer Cake with Orange Buttercream

"Woods are filled with the music of birds, and all nature is laughing under the glorious influence of summer." ~ Charles Lanman

Over the weekend I had the opportunity to decorate a cake -- a little pleasure I have not made time for in a while. There is something so homey about the smell of freshly baked layers cooling on the counter, ready to be topped with fluffy buttercream frosting.

When I took my first cake-decorating course as a newlywed, my first purchase was a set of petal pans. I have always loved the graceful curves of this design, so I knew it would be a favorite look. What I didn't realize was how time-consuming and tedious it could be to frost all of those curves. Eventually I parted ways with my scalloped pans, but the recent trend toward "naked" cakes revived my interest. 

Thanks to this Sweet Creations Layer Cake Pan Set, I can now make lovely scalloped cakes without the fuss of trying to cover the edges. One standard cake mix provides enough batter to fill the two shallow cake pans twice. A cake leveler is included in the kit, but the layers baked up so evenly that I did not need it. Swirls of fluffy Orange Buttercream and a smattering of delicate hydrangea blossoms completed the design.

Orange Buttercream
Enjoy a refreshing yet subtle taste of citrus.
1/2 cup shortening
1 stick margarine
4 tablespoons milk
1/2 teaspoon orange extract
1 pound confectioners sugar
In a large bowl, beat shortening, margarine, milk and orange extract with a mixer at medium speed until creamy. Gradually beat in sugar until smooth. Add more milk, a little at a time, if the frosting is still too thick to spread easily. 

This four-layer scalloped beauty made a perfect addition to the cake walk at a carnival-themed dinner at our church. I can see many possibilities for this pan set so hope to have more varieties to share soon.

"Each fairy breath of summer, as it blows with loveliness, inspires the blushing rose." ~ Anonymous


Mrs. W. said...


I came over from Michele's blog: The Nest at Finch Rest.

Wow, what a beautiful, delicious looking cake! I love the scalloped cake pans. They really do make a lovely cake.

You have such a pretty blog. I'll have to come again and see more of it.


Deborah said...

So beautiful. I'll have to keep my eyes out for scallop cake pans. I've actually never seen them before.

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

What a beautiful cake! I have never seen those pans before. I enjoyed your quotes too. Enjoy your day.


Dah said...

I too love your blog - looks so pretty. I think I may need that scalloped cake pan set too. Thank you.

Stephanie said...

Oh my...what a stunning cake! It's almost too pretty to slice into. The pans certainly make a charming cake and the flowers are the perfect finishing touch.

Blessings to you!

janice15 said...

Your cake is just beautiful and you used my favorite color hydrangeas... I love the wide scalloped edges. Glad I found you from the Nest at finch rest.. With love Janice

Sarita Boyette said...

This is absolutely gorgeous! I'm sure it tastes as good as it looks!

Sylvia said...

What a beautiful cake. I have never seen those pans and will be keeping an eye out for them. I don't bake as often as I use to. I found your blog at Michele at the Nest at Finch Rest. Love your blog!

Boneta said...

This cake turned out lovely! I don't think I've ever seen pans like this, but I'll be on the look-out now :-)

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