Modern Maximalist Cake

Mia Starr gives a crash course in her all-time favorite, most used decorating techniques. From piping styles to watercolor frosting to maximalist designs, she teaches the basics of holiday cake decorating, in her own signature style.

Ingredients

American Buttercream

  • 2 Sticks Of Butter, Unsalted At Room Temp
  • 16 Ounces Powdered Sugar
  • 2 Teaspoons Vanilla Extract
  • 1 Teaspoon Almond Extract
  • 1/4 Cup Sweetened Condensed Milk
  • Pinch of Salt

Spiced Cake

  • 2 ¼ cup all purpose flour
  • 1 ½ cup cake flour
  • 4 ½ teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 4 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ground ginger
  • ¼ teaspoon allspice
  • ¼ teaspoon clove
  • ½ teaspoon nutmeg
  • 2 ½ cups granulated sugar
  • ¾ cup brown sugar
  • ¾ cup vegetable oil
  • 4 each large eggs
  • 2 cups buttermilk
  • 2 tablespoons orange zest
  • ¾ cup sour cream

Maximalist Design

  • american buttercream
  • Dragees
  • Sprinkles
  • Pink food dye
  • Green Food dye
  • Red Licorice
  • melting candy (variety of colors) or jelly beans
  • Christmas light chocolate mold

Steps

  1. Using the paddle attachment, whip the butter in a stand mixer until light and fluffy.
  2. Add the powdered sugar, extracts, salt, and sweetened condensed milk and continue beating until well combined and white.

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