My Cake Disaster and Cake Pan Release Recipe

My kids are finally feeling better, so I decided to take them back to the place where they keep getting sick. Story time. You probably think I’m crazy to keep taking them back, but they like it there and they need to build up their immunity.

The best part of story time is when it is over and the kids get to play with each other and the toys. Only today, they didn’t put out the box of toys. Instead, there were a few toys out on a table and not enough for all of the kids to play with. Keep in mind, this story time is for kids 0-18 months.

Everyone ended it up leaving, except us. My kids can play with anything and have a good time. It also helps that they have each other to play with.

I think it might be time to find a new library.

Library Loot

Our library loot.


Yesterday’s cake turned out awful.

And it took me ~3 hours to bake and frost.

I didn’t take any pictures; it was that bad. But I did take pictures of the batter and frosting.

Strawberry Cake Batter

Looked promising.

Strawberry Cream Cheese Frosting

I still plan to try out the decorating technique. I just probably won’t be able to get to it for the next couple of weeks.

After the kids went to bed, I decided to make vanilla cupcakes with my favorite chocolate buttercream.

The Best Chocolate Buttercream and Vanilla Cupcake

Yum. Seriously, this is the best chocolate buttercream frosting.

Vanilla Cupcakes and Chocolate Buttercream Frosting

Hopefully the cupcakes were a success. My husband took them to work for his coworkers.


Since I wasn’t able to share a decorating technique, I thought I would share a tip on how I grease my cake pans. I’m not sure if this is a well known tip, but hopefully it will help someone out.

I grease my cake pans with this recipe and it works every time.

  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/4 flour
  • 1/4 vegetable shortening

I mix the ingredients together and brush a light layer on my cake pans. I use a silicone pastry brush.

Greased Pan Recipe

I store the mixture in an airtight container and keep it in the pantry. It should keep for at least 3 months.

It releases my cakes perfectly.

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Do you check out library books?

---All the time.

Any recent cake disasters?

Do you have any baking tips?


  1. How did you even make that?! Looks soooo beautiful! (the cupcake frosting)

  2. Thank you. I was so irritated about my cake disaster, I didn't even think to explain how I decorated the cupcakes. This technique is called a rosette. I first placed a Wilton 1M tip in a disposable frosting bag (cut the tip of the bag off) and filled the bag with chocolate buttercream. Then I piped the frosting starting in the center of the cupcake and circled around the center toward the outside of the cupcake. You're basically making a spiral. It is a really easy and pretty decorating technique. I hope this helps. I will definitely post a how to on this technique with pictures.



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