Tuesday, May 14, 2013

♥ Peaches and Butter Cream Cake

Doesn't this just make you want to bake a cake today? How beautiful is this? And it's all done with a star tip and a pastry bag! Easy as cake!

Peaches and Butter Cream Cake

2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 1/2 cups peach slices (fresh, canned, frozen and thawed, drained)
2/3 cup peach nectar or juice
2 teaspoons vanilla
1 teaspoon grated orange peel
1 cup butter, softened
3/4 cup granulated sugar
3 eggs

Filling and Frosting

3 cups butter, softened
12 cups powdered sugar
6 tablespoons reserved peach puree
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
1 to 2 drops pink gel food color
1 to 2 drops orange gel food color

Heat oven to 350°F. Grease bottoms and sides of 3 (8- or 9-inch) round pans with shortening; lightly flour. In medium bowl, mix flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt; set aside. Place peach slices in blender container. Cover; blend about 30 seconds or until smooth. Pour 1 cup pureed peaches into small bowl; stir in peach nectar, 2 teaspoons vanilla and orange peel. Reserve remaining puree for frosting.

In large bowl, beat 1 cup butter with electric mixer on medium speed 30 seconds. Gradually add granulated sugar, about 1/4 cup at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat 2 minutes longer. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. On low speed, alternately add flour mixture, about one-third at a time, and peach mixture, about half at a time, beating just until blended. Pour 2 cups batter into each pan. Bake 25 to 30 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes; remove from pans to cooling racks. Cool completely, about 40 minutes.

For filling, in large bowl, beat 1 cup of the butter with electric mixer on medium speed until creamy. Beat in 4 cups of the powdered sugar on low speed, 1 cup at a time, until smooth. Beat in 2 tablespoons reserved peach puree and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla. Place one cake layer on cake plate, top side up. Spread 2/3 cup filling over top. Top with second layer, top side down; spread with 2/3 cup filling. Top with remaining layer, top side up. Thinly frost side and top of cake with remaining filling; set aside.

In large bowl, beat remaining 2 cups butter with electric mixer on medium speed until creamy. Beat in remaining 8 cups powdered sugar on low, about 1 cup at a time. Beat in 4 tablespoons reserved peach puree, 1 teaspoon vanilla and food color until blended and desired peach color.

Fill decorating bag fitted with large open star tip (1/2-inch opening). Starting about 1 1/2 inches from bottom edge of cake, make center of rosette flower by squeezing frosting in a tight circle. Continue making concentric circles around center, to make flower about 3 inches in diameter. Make flowers to cover side of cake, staggering up and down around cake. Make flowers on top of cake and fill in open spaces with wavy lines.


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