A showstopper celebration layer cake for any special occasion. I love to decorate with the most amazing flowers I can find!


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SERVES 12

CAKE:
11⁄3 cup butter, softened
11⁄2 cups sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
5 eggs, at room temperature
3/4 cup sour cream
3/4 cup milk
32⁄3 cups self-rising flour, sifted
2 teaspoons vanilla extract


BUTTERCREAM:
11⁄8 cup butter, softened
3 cups powdered sugar, sifted
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 to 3 teaspoons quality rose water (to taste)
insecticide-free, fresh garden roses for decoration
faux bird for decoration(optional)
  1. Preheat oven to 350oF. Grease and line the base and sides of three 3-inch x 8-inch round cake pans with parchment paper.
  2. Using an electric mixer, beat butter, sugar, and vanilla until pale and creamy, about 6 minutes. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.
  3. Combine sour cream and milk in a small bowl or measuring cup. Alternately, mix half the flour and half the combined sour cream and milk mixture into the egg and sugar mixture until it’s all incorporated. Do not overmix.
  4. Spoon batter into prepared cake pan, spreading evenly with the back of a wet spoon.
  5. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the cake’s center comes out clean. Let cool in the pan for 5 minutes, and then turn out onto a wire rack to cool completely.
  6. If cakes are domed, slightly trim each one until level using a serrated knife. Place one cake on a serving platter as the bottom layer.
  7. Spread a thick layer of rose buttercream alternately between layers of cake, leaving about 3/4 cup of buttercream for the top and sides.
  8. Spread buttercream on top and sides of cake with a flat-bladed knife, allowing some of the cake to remain visible. Decorate with fresh roses and a faux bird.
  9. For the buttercream, using an electric mixer, beat butter until pale and creamy, about 10 minutes.
  10. Add 1⁄3 of powdered sugar, beating until smooth
  11. Add remaining sugar in 2 batches, beating until well combined.
  12. Stir in vanilla and rose water to taste. Beat until smooth.

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A showstopper celebration layer cake for any special occasion. I love to decorate with the most amazing flowers I can find!
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