Vanilla Bean Cake + Champagne Buttercream

This past weekend was a whirlwind of celebrations and man I’m exhausted. I celebrated my 26th birthday alongside my family and friends and of course felt the need to bake myself a birthday cake for the occasion. Deciding to keep it simple, I went with a classic vanilla bean cake – who doesn’t like that? However, I just can never seem to leave well enough alone, so I decorated the cake in a champagne buttercream gradient frosting topped with chocolate butterflies. While friends “ooh’d and aah’d” over it I must say, it was a lot easier to create than it seems.

I enjoyed my Friday night celebrating with some good grub and festive libations at our new favorite spot, 1321. It’s a great little gastro-pub that reminisces a speakeasy from the 40’s. It was a great evening with great friends and I could not have thought of a better way to ring in my 26th year.

We continued the celebrations well throughout the weekend, enjoying brunch with my family at another great restaurant that I often frequent, The Strand House. Not only does this place … Read more “Vanilla Bean Cake + Champagne Buttercream”