Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Butter Baked Goods Classic White Cake with Coffee Buttercream Frosting and a Giveaway! {Giveaway Closed}

I used to hate making cake. 

I know. Blasphemy, right? A self-proclaimed baker that hates making cake? An oxymoron at its finest, ladies and gentleman.

But I did. I honestly hated making cakes with a passion. I was besties with cupcakes and lovers with loaves, but having to bake and decorate a full on cake made gave me anxiety for days. The problem lies in the personality. You see, I'm a bit of a perfectionist. It's torture if the frosting doesn't smooth over right or the layers of buttercream don't have that uniform look once cut into. I just want to scrap it like a piece of paper and start over. 

Then I gained 705 pounds from eating my mistakes, so one gets over it pretty quickly. 

Fast forward to almost two years later. I now have a torrid love affair with cakes, but a dripping disdain for cupcakes. I really despise making cupcakes. Oh, I know. I'm hopeless. If friends or family ask for cupcakes, I try to divert their attention to something shiny while I hypnotized them into choosing a cake. Or I'll flick their ear really hard.

I'm just kidding.

Or am I?

Last Christmas, I received the Butter Baked Goods cookbook from "Santa". It was one of those cookbooks I'd flip through every time I walked into a bookstore with him, sighing heavily, and finish off by running a seductive finger ever so gently across the spine as I winked. If he wasn't reading my cues (or perhaps he was, he was just enjoying me making a complete ass of myself in front of others), I'd resort to the constant clearing of my throat quite loudly as I'd rock the cookbook back and forth in his face until he got the hint.

Aaaaaand he did.

Once I had a copy of Butter in my hand and in my kitchen, I made several things straight out of the gate post, one of which was this cake. After having practiced making cakes from other cookbooks and not doing too too badly, I like to think this cake solidified the relationship, especially with its ease and versatility. For an event this past summer, I added peach purée into the cake batter as well as the buttercream. Our table leader told me it as like eating wedding cake. Holy compliment. Wedding cake is something I hold in very high regard, but I'll save that story for another time. 

Cake and I finally came to an agreement - and it's been a lovely relationship since.

Next chapter.

This past summer, I was fortunate enough to visit Butter during a trip to Vancouver with my family. The bakery itself is so gorgeous and ties in beautifully with the cookbook. It's uber feminine with rose adorned wallpaper and splashes of sea foam green and pink paint throughout. It's seriously the prettiest bakery I've ever been to. 

My favourite experience while I was there (beside moaning through most of their goodies), was absolutely the staff. I ordered eight things from the counter as well as several more to go and the staff didn't even bat an eyelash. (I later found out it was Rosie's daughter, India, who went back and told her mom someone bought lots of treats and thought it was the coolest thing ever!) I've been to establishments where eyes go wide when I order anything over four items, but here, it was like, 'Can I get you anything else? This is really good too....' And I fell in love. They clearly understand the heart of a foodie and for that alone, I'm so grateful.

I finally met Rosie last month in the flesh at her bakery while I was back out in Vancouver attending a conference and popped in for Robyn's birthday. Rosie is one of the sweetest, most genuine people I've ever met. She's also fun and very welcoming. It took me all of about fifteen seconds to realize that I so want to be her when I grow up.

Butter is now my happy place. 

Of course, with anything I admire or adore, I want the world to know about it. Good people and good things demand to be celebrated.

Several very talented bloggers from across Canada and I have collaborated to bring you an incredible early Christmas gift. Because sharing is caring, yes?

One very lucky reader will win a personally signed Butter Baked Goods cookbook from Rosie as well as a delicious box of incredible Butter treats right from the bakery! (See below for more details...) If you've never been privy to their delights, this is one giveaway you do not want to miss out on. If you have, this is one giveaway you do not want to miss out on.

Oodles of luck and Happy Holidays!


Classic White Cake:

(Recipe found on Page 148)

Coffee Buttercream Frosting:

(Recipe found on Page 130-131)

And please be sure to stop by and check out the other incredible treats my fellow Butter Baked Bloggers made for this happy occasion:

This giveaway is open all legal residents of Canada and USA who have reached the age of majority at the time of the contest in the province, territory, or state in which they reside. Canadian residents will need to answer a skill-testing question. 

No purchase necessary to enter. 

Contest runs from Wednesday, November 26, 2014 to Wednesday, December 3, 2014. 

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24 Responses to “Butter Baked Goods Classic White Cake with Coffee Buttercream Frosting and a Giveaway! {Giveaway Closed}”

  1. Right now, I am loving my pumpkin pie with lots of whipped cream! This is the first year I made my own!

  2. I love the pumpkin pie my grandmother makes from REAL pumpkins, no cans in her recipe that is only in her head!

  3. I have two copies of this gorgeous book on my desk and both are for giveaways through work. Would love my own copy so I can finally dig into the book.

  4. I love love love our apple pies. My girls and I make them with my Grandmothers recipe. Great memories and great pie!

  5. I love any kind of shortbread!!

  6. I would have to say gingerbread - loaf or cookies....delicious!

  7. Pumpkin pie and apple pie (don't make me choose between them!).

  8. Yummm...this is so tall and gorgeous! You might just convince me to put down my cake mixes :)

  9. Lover with loaves. hehe. Looks so pretty and tasty.

  10. We've had it numerous times already. Pumpkin pie!

  11. To be honest - a turkey sandwich the day after Thanksgiving! But I wouldn't turn down a pie of apple pie, either. Good holidays to all from Debbie the NY Baker

  12. I've been going through a gooey phase lately, so anything that has a warm gooey center sounds great right now.

  13. My favourite holiday treat is gingerbread cookies. I love them so much, I don't know why I only make them at Christmas!

  14. I'm sooooo terrified of making layer cakes but I want to get over that fear! Esp. looking at this GORGEOUUUUS cake you made!

  15. I love all the cookies, cakes and pies that go with the celebrations between Thanksgiving and Christmas! bjn1957{at}gmail{dot}com

  16. I love white cake! I'm making it for my birthday cake this weekend in fact. Yes, I will be making my own birthday cake. :) Well, my favourite holiday treat are B52 Brownies - a layered brownie with 3 types of liqueur.

  17. Cake and I have a real love/hate thing going on... in that I love to eat it, but I absolutely hate to make it. The darn things just always end up all lopsided and unevenly frosted, like an edible leaning tower of pisa. :P I might just have to reconsider long enough to try this cake, though, because it sounds positively dreamy (and really, even a lopsided and unevenly frosted cake still tastes plenty good, right?)

  18. First of all, I love that my BIRTHDAY CAKE made it into this post :) Second of all, you have mad cake skillz. Third of all, kudos to you friend for organizing this giveaway! Everyone is having so much fun!

  19. It all comes down to the rum balls. Friends and family clamor for them each year!

  20. My favorite holiday treat? All of them!

  21. That's tough. My favourite holiday treat is any kind of shortbread. I also love peppermint and chocolate.

  22. I really enjoy hot chocolate with marshmallows. I also love sugar cookies. My email address is

  23. Sharing is caring, thus you should share your loaf lovers with me. Because I too, love a good loaf. I also love Butter. The ingredient and the cafe. And while my love of cake is undisputed, my love of baking can be touchy. And not in a good way. That being said, when I made scones for the giveaway, I was blown away by how awesome the recipe and directions were. This is seriously a stellar book. And so is your cake. Stellar I mean, not a book. Man, I need coffee.

    I'm so stoked to be part of this giveaway with you Jenny!! xoxo