Spring Cake

white cake with aqua flowersAnyone can make this cake. It’s beautiful, delicious and extremely easy to make. I love baking cakes but I never have the time to spend hours trying to decorate them. I do wish I had the time to decorate a cake for several hours, but mom life is just too busy. So my answer to a beautiful cake is a simple sponge cake, cream cheese frosting and fake flowers from Michael’s.

This cream cheese frosting has become my favorite to use for cakes with fake flowers. Its made out of cream cheese, butter, and powdered sugar, with all three ingredients contributing to the thickness of the cream. Since the cake is already sweet, I only add one cup of powdered sugar to the inside of the cake. And since the outside of the cake should contain thicker cream I add another cup of powdered sugar.

I like to moisten the sponge cake with some frozen crushed fruit or jam mixed with water. For this recipe I had some leftover peach jam that I canned last summer and I decided to use it up. I only added 1/2 cup of hot water to the jam but if you like your cake really moist you can add 3/4 cups.

The reason I only added 1/2 cup of hot water to the jam instead of more is because I’m planning to freeze this cake. Freezing cakes has become my favorite method of pre baking. The reason I freeze cakes is because once they thaw out they are very moist and surprisingly don’t fall apart. In my opinion, this cake tastes even better once it’s been frozen then fresh.

Ingredients for Spring Cake:

1 sponge cake

16 oz cream cheese (room temp.)

1 cup or 2 sticks of butter (room temp.)

2 cups powdered sugar

2 Tablespoons of jam any flavor

1/2 cup hot water

Peach jam and hot watercream cheese powdered sugar and butter

Mix 2 Tablespoons of jam with 1/2 cup hot water and set aside.

cream cheese butter and powdered sugar in mixing bowlcream cheese frosting

Place 1 cup of butter, 16 oz cream cheese and 1 cup powdered sugar into a mixing bowl. (If you don’t mind your cake being extra sweet, you can add 2 cups of powdered sugar instead of 1.) Beat on medium speed for about a minute, until all the ingredients are combined evenly. Do not over-mix because the cream can become runny.

sponge cakes in plastic wrapsponge cake sliced in half

Slice the sponge cakes in half horizontally.

1 slice of sponge cake on cake standsponge cake with peach jam

Lay the first layer on a cake stand or plate and brush the peach water on it. (I was working by myself so I could not take a picture of me moistening the cake.)

sponge cake with creamfirst layer of cake with cream

Place a couple of tablespoons of the cream cheese frosting on the cake and spread evenly. (My daughter decided to come help me.)

sponge cake on white stand with blue ribbon

Repeat the previous two steps with every layer except the last one.

frosting with powdered sugara lot of frosting on cake

At this point I add the second cup of powdered sugar and beat on medium speed for another 30 seconds. You can skip this step if you added the 2 cups of sugar right away.

Place most of the cream on top of the cake. Leave a couple of tablespoons for touch ups.

white cake on white cake stand with blue ribboncake with blue flowers

Spread the frosting around the cake with a spoon unevenly. I just make little dents with the spoon to make it look messy. Arrange fake flowers to your liking. (I’m not sure if fake flowers can be washed, but I washed them with mild soap and warm water since I’m using them on food.)  Ta-da! You got yourself a beautiful cake.

white cake with blue flowers on white stand

Spring Cake
 
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Serves: 12 servings
Ingredients
  • 1 sponge cake
  • 16 oz cream cheese (room temp.)
  • 1 cup or 2 sticks of butter (room temp.)
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons of jam any flavor
  • ½ cup hot water
Instructions
  1. Mix 2 Tablespoons of jam with ½ cup hot water and set aside.
  2. Place 1 cup of butter, 16 oz cream cheese and 1 cup powdered sugar into a mixing bowl. (If you don't mind your cake being extra sweet, you can add 2 cups of powdered sugar instead of 1.) Beat on medium speed for about a minute, until all the ingredients are combined evenly. Do not over-mix because the cream can become runny.
  3. Slice the sponge cakes in half horizontally.
  4. Lay the first layer on a cake stand or plate and brush the peach water on it.
  5. Place a couple of tablespoons of the cream cheese frosting on the cake and spread evenly.
  6. Repeat the previous two steps with every layer except the last one.
  7. At this point I add the second cup of powdered sugar and beat on medium speed for another 30 seconds. You can skip this step if you added the 2 cups of sugar right away.
  8. Place most of the cream on top of the cake. Leave a couple of tablespoons for touch ups.
  9. Spread the frosting around the cake with a spoon unevenly. I just make little dents with the spoon to make it look messy. Arrange fake flowers to your liking. (I'm not sure if fake flowers can be washed, but I washed them with mild soap and warm water since I'm using them on food.) Ta-da! You got yourself a beautiful cake.

 

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