Jon’s 13th birthday was Friday and we had a family cookout for him on Saturday. He had asked for a Snickerdoodle Cake, so I set off to take my sister’s recipe and use it with Pamela’s GF Classic Vanilla Cake Mix. I followed the directions on the package for a cake in a 9 x 13 inch pan and added to the mix:
~ 1 tsp vanilla extract
~ 1 TBSP cinnamon
I baked for about 20 minutes, 5 minutes less than Pamela’s suggested. I have been keeping a close eye on my baked goods as my new oven is persnickety or I am not used to it yet. Sometimes the temp is spot on with my oven thermometer, other times it is off (usually when I am not paying attention, of course ;) ).
I let the cake cool, then flipped carefully onto a decorative plate. I prepared the following frosting:
Cinnamon Buttercream Frosting
Blend 1 stick of softened butter in a large mixing bowl on low speed for about 30 seconds. Add 3 3/4 cup powdered sugar, 3 -4 TBSP milk, 1 tsp vanilla and 1 tsp ground cinnamon. Blend until sugar is incorporated (1 minute or so). Increase speed and beat until light & fluffy (1 more minute). If frosting is too thick, add 1 TBSP of milk. Add food color for variety & fun.
The cake tasted amazing and got rave reviews by all. I served only gluten-free cake to all of the guests and it went over well. Jon loved it. He had 2 or 3 pieces yesterday and 2 pieces today. It isn’t the prettiest. I am far from a pro cake decorator (please don’t submit to that blog that makes fun of cakes ;) ), so it is funny looking. Jon wanted me to put M & M’s on it to “write” Happy Birthday. Only problem was that I only had the Easter Dark Chocolate ones and you can’t see them very well against the cinnamon frosting. Oh well. No laughing or making fun. :)