Glitter Guide Cake

Written by on November 9, 2011 in Food, Lifestyle - 23 Comments
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Ever since we stumbled upon her beautiful Stella Cake, we’ve been enamored with Apollina’s beautiful baked goods. (She also did an amazing Miu Miu inspired cake for her birthday.) Trusting this Glitter Girl’s sparkly instinct, we asked her to create a cake representative of Glitter Guide. Apollina blew us away with the ultimate party cake — her creation exceeded our wildest expectations! She’s even going to show you how to make your own.

*Tassel made by Pom Flair

Hi, Apollina, here with a glittery cake perfect for the holidays!

For the cake, I used a recipe by the amazing Smitten Kitchen, The Best Birthday Yellow Layer Cake:

Best Yellow Layer Cake:

This cake yields two 9-inch rounds; I made the recipe twice since I needed two 10 inch cakes, two 8 inch cakes, and two 6 inch cakes. I divided the batter equally among the cake pans. (They didn’t quite rise to 2 inches tall, but extra layers of icing in between made them the right height) I also threw a few handfuls of multi-colored sanding sugar into the batter for a glittery surprise when the cake is cut!

- 4 cups flour, plus 2 tablespoons cake flour (not self-rising)
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2 sticks unsalted butter, softened
- 2 cups sugar
- 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
- 4 large eggs, at room temperature
- 2 cups buttermilk, well-shaken

Preheat oven to 350°F. Butter the round cake pans, line them with circles of parchment paper, and butter the parchment. Sift together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a medium bowl. In a large mixing bowl, beat butter and sugar with an electric mixer at medium speed until pale and fluffy. Next, beat in vanilla. Add eggs one at a time, beating well and scraping down the bowl after each addition. At low speed, beat in buttermilk until just combined (mixture will look curdled). Add flour mixture in three batches, mixing until each addition is just incorporated.

Spread batter evenly in cake pans, then tap the pans on a counter several times to eliminate air bubbles. Bake until golden for 35 to 40 minutes (keep checking on them). A wooden pick inserted into the centers should come out clean. After removing from oven, cool on a rack for 10 minutes, then run a knife around edges of pans. Invert onto rack and discard parchment, then cool completely for about 1 hour.

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  • Coya

    What a fabulous eye for sparkle and pizazz, so festive and delightful to cause a twinkle of a smile.

  • http://glitzglamgranola.com Emily @ Glitz Glam Granola

    This cake is so gorgeous!!I love the sparkly detail that was classy but not overboard! And I bet it tasted delicious too!

  • http://www.pomflair.com Carmen

    Gorgeous cake! Thanks for including my tassels in this shoot, I am beyond thrilled.

  • http://www.rachaeldiab.blogspot.com Rachael

    Such a beautiful cake!! Loved this post!

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  • http://www.modeinitaly.net Mode in Italy

    gnammmmmmmmm! FANTASTIC!

  • http://www.makesherlife.blogspot.com ginger

    This is literally the prettiest cake I have ever seen! Absolutely LOVE IT!!!

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  • http://thenauticalwheeler.wordpress.com Nautical Wheeler

    Love this! I recently discovered a cocktail with edible glitter stars. Reminds me of this cake. ~jen

  • Renee Osburn

    Apollina, you are absolutely stunning ~ I am so impressed with this cake and you I can’t stand it! I”m going to get myself a Michalob Ultra and see if I can make one over the holidays. Keep it up!

  • http://kristimcmurry.blogspot.com Kristi McMurry

    AMAZING cake. I love the simple white combined with the festive sparkle :) Nice work!

  • http://ariannabelle.com Arianna Belle

    Wow! What a gorgeous cake – definitely representative of Glitter Guide! Very impressive!

  • http://www.cococakecupcakes.blogspot.com lyndsay

    everything about those photos just screams the most glittery super fun dancey sparkle party ever.

  • http://heartprintandstyle.com Vivi

    Amazing job, Apollina! :o D

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  • http://betivanilla.blogspot.com/ beti

    it looks so beautiful and shiny! what a lovely cake

  • Nancy

    Great cake. Next time, don’t ruin all your hard work and creativity by using Wilton fondant – it tastes terrible, and it is the worst-tasting brand out there. That’s not just my opinion – it is well known that Wilton’s fondant tastes pretty bad. You can get a better-tasting (and easier to work) fondant by going to a cake supply store in person or online and buying Satin Ice or one of the other brands – pretty much anything but Wilton. Or you can make your own fondant from marshmallows, and it is easy to make and tastes good although it is very sweet. Marshmallow fondant is also much cheaper than professional fondant. You can google it and find recipes or look on YouTube for how-to’s (or email me and i can help you). Keep on Caking!

    • FAYE

      ALL FONDANT IS NASTY!!! USE BUTTERCREAM AND THEN TO GET A SMOOTH LOOK.LAY A PAPER TOWEL WITH NO QUILTED DESIGNS ON IT..JUST A PLAIN ONE ON THE CAKE AND WITH A LITTLE PRESSURE RUB YOU HAND ACROSS IT. MOVE AND REPEAT YOU CAN DO THE SIDES THE SAME WAY…IF YOU WANT A QUILTED LOOK USE A QUILTED PAPER TOWEL…THEN NOT ONLY WILL YOUR CAKE LOOK GREAT IT WILL TASTE GREAT!!!!

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  • Jacqui

    Hi, your three tier cake is ahmahziiing…. How long did it take to bake the 8″ cake? I only have 8″ cake pans… Thanks!

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