We celebrated my mother's birthday with a big Sunday dinner. We had Shrimp and Gravy over Asiago cheese grits.
For dessert I baked and decorated a cake. After the last time, I made a box from a mix. And it was good.
While the cake cooled, I mixed up the icing:
1 stick butter, room temperature
about 4 cups of sifted powdered sugar
1 tablespoon of vanilla
a few tablespoons of milk
I creamed all that together.
After the cake was completely cooled, I coated the cake with a thin schmear of icing. This is the crumb coat.
It's not pretty but it is effective.
After I got it on, I put in the fridge to set up. The icing hardens a bit, making the cake much easier to thoroughly frost.
I sketched out an idea of how I wanted the cake to look.
Mixed up frosting in various colors - love that part - and got to decorating.
It's far from perfect but it made Mom happy and tasted pretty good.