Snickerdoodle Birthday Cake

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 πŸ˜‰ ). 

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 πŸ˜‰ ), 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. πŸ™‚



4 Responses

  1. I think your cake looks yummy! It’s way better than the “fairy” cake I made for my daughter a couple years ago. I tried to stick plastic fairy dolls from the dollar store in the cake and they all fell over and made quite the mess of the frosting! LOL! At least it tasted good. The six 8-year-old girls only laughed for a little while… :0

  2. Thanks Lisa!

    Sorry to hear that you also had a cake disaster. I tried to make a layer cake (only 2 round layers) a few years back with Strawberry Preserves as the filling. Half of the top layer cracked & fell off….hubby said it was like California falling off into the ocean. Hardy har. Now Jon kids me about that all the time. LOL!

  3. I should let you know that if you want to fancy cake top pictures take a picture you want to your grocer and they can make it up and they are gluten free and bonus looks like a pro did it. All you do is ice the cake and slap it on.

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