I am originally from Utah, but I currently live in the Washington DC metro area. Utah has a state holiday called Pioneer Day.
Pioneer Day is celebrated on July 24th. It is a significant holiday in the state of Utah. There are parades, barbecues, and fireworks.
It is almost like a second Fourth of July. Many people get the day off of work even. My hometown had a pancake breakfast in the park, performances throughout the day, food vendors, and a parade.
I don't really celebrate it now that I don't live in Utah. For a few years I have planned to bake a Pioneer Day cake and bring it into work.
This year I made my long term aspiration a reality and brought in the celebratory confetti cake.
I'm that coworker who always brining in sweets into the office. I make it hard to make healthy choices at work. What can I say? I like baking, and I can't eat an entire cake or batch of cookies by myself.
This recipe came from a booklet entitled Great American Cakes. It was published by America's Test Kitchen. My mother gave it to me when I went home this summer. It is the first recipe I have made, but there will be other cakes in my future.
The ingredients for the cake are 3/4 cup rainbow sprinkles, 6 large egg whites, 3/4 cup milk, 2 teaspoons vanilla, 3 cups cake flour, 1 1/2 cups sugar, 4 teaspoons baking powder, 1 teaspoon salt, and 16 tablespoons unsalted butter.
The ingredients for the frosting are 4 sticks unsalted butter, 1/4 cup heavy cream, 1 tablespoon vanilla extract, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 4 cups confectioners' sugar, and 4 - 6 drops yellow food coloring.
To make the cake, I added the egg whites, milk, and vanilla to a bowl. I whisked these liquid ingredients together.
I added the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt into a mixing bowl. I actually forgot the sugar and added it much later, but I should have added it here. I mixed the dry ingredients together.
I added the softened butter one tablespoon at a time while the mixer was slowly running. The mixed it until it looked like moist crumbs.
I added half of the milk and egg mixture and stirred until combined.
I mixed in the remaining milk and eggs mixture into the batter.
I stirred in the rainbow sprinkles.
I lined the bottom of three round cake pans with parchment paper. I then greased the pans with spray. I poured the batter evenly between the cake pans. I baked the cakes for 21 to 25 minutes at 350 degrees. I let the cake cool a little for a few minutes before removing the cakes from the pan to cool completely on a wire rack.
For the frosting, I added the butter, cream, vanilla, and salt into a mixer. I beat this on medium speed for a few minutes.
I slowly beat in the powdered sugar.
I beat in the yellow food coloring.
Once the cake was completely cooled, I became to frost the cake. I added a layer of frosting between each layer of cake.
I then spread an even layer of frosting on the outside of the cake.
This was a scrumptious cake.
It was buttery, moist, tender, and delicious.
The texture was light. It has a sweet, vanilla flavor.
The frosting was creamy, smooth, and buttery. It was sweet with a hint of vanilla.
The sprinkles made the cake fun and celebratory.
I thought the light yellow color of the frosting was pretty and festive too.
This was a delightful and delicious cake.
It was tasty and decadent. It is a great cake for a special occasion. I would definitely make this cake again.