It's a very Happy Blog Birthday!
Today I'm celebrating four years of blogging. Sometimes I look back at the work I've done over these past years and wonder - who did that? Did I really bake all those things? Did I really write a book? And am I really writing another one? Yes!
It's a little surreal getting to do the thing you love every day. It's a blessing. I still can't believe it's only been a year since I quit my day job to pursue Sprinkle-Baking full time. I've never been more grateful for this life I have. I thank you for being part of it. ♡
This year's birthday cake definitely spreads the sprinkle-love, but it's no ordinary cake. It's made from one of my favorite sweets on the planet - Rice Krispie treats. I whipped up the biggest batch ever (ever, ever!) to make this triple-layer confection.
It's an easy birthday cake alternative, just make sure to grab your biggest stock pot for the task. I'll admit, it feels a little messy to make (buttering up hands to press the candy into cake pans) but in the end clean-up was a snap. And that's always a good thing!
To spread even more birthday cheer, I'm giving away a KitchenAid Artisan Stand Mixer in a color I've been crushing on - pistachio! Isn't it pretty? Sigh.
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This sprinkle cake is sure to bring a smile with its burst of color, and who doesn't love delicious vanilla-scented marshmallow Rice Krispie treats? It's really fun for something different birthday-wise. Hope you'll give it a try!
Rice Krispie Treat Sprinkle Cake
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Source: Martha Stewart crispy rice recipe, SprinkleBakes frosting recipe
Yield: One 7-inch triple layer cake or one 9-inch double layer cake
Prep: 45 minutes, total time about 2 hours 30 minutes
10 tablespoons unsalted butter
12 cups/716 g mini marshmallows
2 teaspoons/12 g vanilla extract
13 1/2 ounce box Rice Krispies cereal
Pinch of salt
1 cup/ 220g of unsalted butter, softened
2 1/2 cups/ 275 g confectioners’ sugar - the finest you can find (usually 10x)
2 teaspoons/ 12g. vanilla bean paste or vanilla extract
Milk or heavy cream, optional
2 cups/436g multicolor jimmies
Multicolor Sixlets candies (about 20 pieces) for decoration
- Grease three 7-inch spring-form pans or two 9-inch pans with butter; set aside.
- For the Krispie treat portion, melt butter in a large pot over low heat (I used my 20 quart lobster pot). Add marshmallow; stir until melted. Add vanilla extract and stir to combine. Add Rice Krispies cereal to the marshmallow mixture. Stir together with a large wooden spoon until all the cereal is coated with marshmallow. Quickly press the cereal into the pans with well-buttered hands. Use a length of wax paper or parchment paper on top of the Krispie mixture to pack it down into the pans. Refrigerate cakes until well chilled and set, about 2 hours.
- For the frosting, mix together the butter and confectioners’ sugar in a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment. Begin mixing on low speed until crumbly, and then increase to high and beat for 3 minutes.Add vanilla bean paste (or extract) and beat again for another minute until light and fluffy. If you find the buttercream is too stiff, you may add milk or heavy cream 1 tablespoon at a time until the mixture is spreading consistency.
- Transfer 1/3 cup frosting to a piping bag fitted with a large star tip; set aside.
- Unmold Krispie treat cakes from the spring-form pans and frost the tops of two cake layers. Stack layers with the unfrosted layer on top; gently press layers together. Pour jimmies into a baking pan with a lip and spread evenly. Frost the sides of the cake with buttercream using an off-set spatula and roll the sides of the cake in the sprinkles. Hold the stacked cake at each unfrosted end as you turn and roll. Stand cake upright in the baking pan. Frost top of cake and sprinkle on jimmies. Press handfuls of jimmies into the top of the cake to coat completely. Allow the excess to fall back into the baking pan.
- Transfer the cake to a cake stand or serving platter using a large metal spatula or cake lifter. Pipe stars along the top edge of the cake with the reserved frosting in the piping bag. Place a Sixlets candy in the center of each piped star. If birthday candles are being used, pipe more frosting onto the center of the cake and stand candles upright in the frosting. Let cake come to room temperature before cutting. Use a large chef's knife to cut the cake into slices.