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Bubblegum Cake

Bubblegum Cake

Host of "Baking with Blondie," Mandy Merriman is baking a fun dessert with homemade frosting.
Ingredients for Cake
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk
  • 2/3 cup sour cream
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 4 egg whites
  • 1 Tablespoon vanilla
  • 1 Tablespoon bubble gum extract (LorAnn)
  • White Cake Mix (Duncan Hines)
  • pink "rose" food gel by Wilton (or Americolor Pink coloring gel)
Ingredients for Bubblegum Buttercream
  • 2 sticks unsalted butter, left out of the fridge for about 15 minutes
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 Tablespoon Mexican vanilla
  • 1/4-1/2 teaspoon bubble gum flavoring
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream + more if needed
  • 5-6 cups sifted powdered sugar
Ingredients for White Chocolate Ganache Dip
  • 1 cup white chocolate melts
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
Ingredients for Garnishes
  • Sprinkles
  • Large pink gum balls


Directions for Cake

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Prep 6" cake rounds with a wipe of shortening and dust of flour. Set aside. In a medium bowl, whisk together the buttermilk, sour cream, vegetable oil, egg whites, vanilla, bubble gum extract until combined. Sift in white cake mix and stir until just combined. Divide batter in half in two bowls, add in pink coloring to one bowl. Using a small cookie scoop or spoon, add in one scoop of white batter, one scoop of pink batter, alternating until batter has been divided between all three cake rounds. Bake for 25-27 minutes until center is baked through (don't overbake!). Remove from oven, let cool in pan for 5 minutes, then flip out onto a cooling rack until room temperature.

Directions for Buttercream

In a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, whip up butter for about a minute until light and fluffy. Scrape down the sides of the bowl. Add in salt, vanilla, bubble gum flavoring, and heavy cream until combined. Slowly add in powdered sugar, about a half cup at a time. Add in more heavy cream if needed for a thinner consistency. Whip on high for a minute to create a soft buttercream.

Directions for Ganache Drip

In a small glass bowl, add in chocolate melts and heavy cream. Microwave for 30 seconds, then stir with a small whisk. Add to a squeeze bottle for ganache drip on the side of the cake.

Assembly

On a cake turntable, place a cardboard round on top (8" round). Add on a small amount of buttercream, spread it around to act like "glue" for holding the cake onto the board. Place on first cake round, add on about a cup of buttercream, spread it flat with an offset cake spatula. Add on next layer and repeat with remaining two layers. Crumb coat the cake, place in the fridge to set, then add on final coat. Add sprinkle rim on the bottom, freeze a second to set, then add on ganache drip and sprinkles. Top with gumballs.

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