vanilla mini-buttercakes with golden cinnamon-almond frosting

January 26, 2012
A super chic event called The Cream{hosted by the ladies at Bash, Please} went down in Austin this weekend and it was an event to beat all events. The amount of creativity and inspiration stuffed into this showcase event was downright unbelievable. My sweet friend and floral designer, Ash of The Byrd Collective, featured a breathtakingly beautiful tablescape and designed arrangements throughout the whole event. Ash very kindly asked me to add something sweet to her table, and I more than happily obliged. Among the event's eye-candy was a B H L D N fashion show emceed by the ever-so-stylish, Camille!
It must be noted that I wiggled the night away to Mr. Flashdance himself and I most likely would have won the dance-off had my swollen, bee-stung-thumb not gotten in the way.  Yes, bee-stings are the pits.  But be warned.  By next time, my grooves will be thoroughly perfected and polished.
(You can check out more photos of The Cream via CultureMap Austin here.)

Vanilla Mini-Buttercakes with Golden Cinnamon-Almond Frosting
For the vanilla buttercake
12 ounces butter, room temperature
3 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup milk, room temperature
1 tablespoon vanilla
3 cups sugar
6 large eggs

For the Cinnamon-Almond Frosting
1 cup butter, room temperature
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
6-7 cups powdered sugar
2 tablespoons heavy cream
gold luster dust, for decoration
gold glitter hearts, for decoration
  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Generously butter and flour pans and tap pans to remove excess flour.
  2. Sift dry ingredients (flour, baking powder and salt) together. In a measuring cup, combine milk and vanilla.
  3. In the bowl of a stand mixer using the whisk attachment, cream butter until fluffy. Gradually add sugar. Beat until smooth (3-4 minutes).
  4. Add eggs, one at a time, beating in between each addition. 
  5. Reduce speed to low and alternate adding flour and milk mixtures, ending with flour. When there are only a few streaks of flour remaining in the batter, mix the rest by hand.
  6. Pour batter into the prepared pans. Firmly tap the pans (on counter) to remove air bubbles.
  7. Bake until light golden brown.  Time is dependent upon pan size.  (I baked them in cupcake-sized and 3"-diameter pans, so it baked for only about 20 minutes.)  Cool in pan for half an hour, invert on rack to cool completely before frosting.
  8. To prepare frosting, whip butter until light and fluffy in the bowl of an stand mixer.  Add extract, cinnamon, vanilla and cream, then add powdered sugar one cup at a time until you reach the desired consistency. Frosting should form soft peaks.  Top with gold dust and glitter!


london bakes said...

Your pictures on instagram were so beautiful and the cake, now I've seen it in its full glory, looks even better than I thought.

Jess said...

@london bakes Oh, thank you sweet Kathryn! Wish you could have been there- you would have loved it! xoxo

Lisa said...

Everything at The Cream was so amazing, but I would have to say the Byrd Collective table was my favorite! Those little gold cakes were so adorable, and I cannot get over that centerpiece. Too pretty to be true! :)

ash bailey said...

The cake was perfect, and delicious! thank you sweet friend for making them-they made the table.

Meagan said...

I kept looking at all of your photos on Instagram. I'm so pumped you posted the recipe.

Jess said...

@Lisa I totally agree- The Byrd Collective's table was a dream! :)

@Meagan I know I posted like a mad woman on Instagram that night! I couldn't find anything NOT worth capturing! :)

Rolling Pin Claire said...

Jess, I love the Cinnamon Almond Frosting. I never came across it before but I've taken note of the recipe already!

Gaby [The Vault Files] said...

Oh my Goodness are you kidding me? Those cakes look sumptuous!

Design Blooms said...

Hey there! I found your blog through the new House of Fifty issue. I've been searching for unique food blogs, and you have gluten-free recipes. Im in love!!

Jess said...

@Rolling Pin Claire: Thanks girl! It was a total last-minute, dig-through-my-pantry, kind of idea! ;)

@Gaby [The Vault Files]: Thanks Gaby! xoxo

@Design Blooms: SO glad you're here! Hope you'll come back! :)

Jonathan said...

Uber chic! Those cakes are amazing, Jess!

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