Pretty Pink Cakes

 Anyone care for a slice of cake?

Because I’m having a Cake Stand party next Thursday night at my MOST favorite coffee shop in Austin: Vintage Heart.

From seven until nine on July 19th, I’ll be slicing cake, sipping on a latte, and taking cake orders for the winter and spring seasons. I already have a few of my future brides slated to come and taste cake. While they sample, they’ll also be lucky enough to look at the fabulous invites created by Beetlebum. And here’s a solid piece of news: Beetlebum knows how to design a card! Forget all those over-crowded (and tacky) bridal shows. We’re hosting our very own cake party, and I want you to be there.

And even if you aren’t getting married, you should come.

Because who doesn’t like cake and coffee and pretty pieces of paper? And there are over a thousand other reasons to order a cake.

 Maybe for a baby shower? Because God knows enough people are reproducing right now!

Or perhaps for a graduation? I will CERTAINLY be eating cake the day I receive my M.F.A degree.

Maybe for a dinner party? Spend your time shaving radishes or writing name cards.

Or perhaps you just want to share a cake with someone special. I made the button cake above for the sweetest coffee shop owner south of the Mason-Dixon line. You should have seen her smile.

So as you can see, there are a thousand reasons to eat cake.

And here’s another: you’re pretty darn special.

Plus, if you come to my cake party, I will get to meet you. And I love meeting new and old friends. Especially when we can sit together and listen to the sound of milk steaming and coffee seaping through paper filters.

So let me know if you’d like to attend my party (or if you’d like to order a cake). Email me at I’ll get back to you in less time than it takes to whip up one dozen egg yolks into the best French Meringue you’ve ever had.

And for my readers that live hundreds or thousands of miles from Austin…here is a recipe I often use when baking cakes. This almond vanilla white cake is both strudy and moist. Perfect for eating and stacking.

Vanilla Almond Cake

2 2/3 cups all purpose flour

1 tsp baking soda

1 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp salt

2 cups sugar

1/2 cup butter (room temperature)

2  large egg

2 tsps vanilla extract

2 cups buttermilk

2 tsps almond extract

1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. Line and grease two 9-inch cake pans.

2. In a small bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt until well combined.

3. In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream butter and sugar until light and smooth, 4-6 minutes.

4. Add in the egg, almond extract, and vanilla extract and beat until smooth.

5. Add half of flour mixture, stir, pour in buttermilk, stir, and then add the remaining flour. Mix until well combined.

6. Distribute evenly into cake pans. Bake for 25-35 minutes, or until the cake slightly springs back when touched. Allow to cool completely before frosting.


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43 thoughts on “Pretty Pink Cakes

  1. Kim

    Monet –

    I am so thrilled to see you starting new adventures, and I am so incredibly excited for you! I wish I lived near Austin so I could come to this event.

    I WILL be in Austin in October for a week (for dog shows), and would love to get together if you’re around.

    Wishing you a beautiful and successful event!


  2. Jacqueline @HowtobeaGourmand

    Monet! You must be very excited! Such good news. A perfect excuse to have a coffee and cake. Your passion for your business is overflowing and I’m sure you will get so many orders.
    Nice recipe for vanilla almond cake. It’s breakfast time here in HK and I am now wanting cake.
    No wonder I am putting on the kgs!

  3. grace

    the only thing matching the beauty of your cakes is the beauty of your hair! :)
    one definitely needs no excuse to eat cake. today, i’ll consume some simply because it’s thursday.

  4. Vegan Thyme (Kelly)

    How I would love to come to this tasting and sampling! You’ve helped me fill my cake void for the day as our oven has not been turned on for “weeks”. I am very sad about it. This heat/summer must go. Meantime, lovely cakes, Monet!

  5. Anne@FromMySweetHeart

    Oh how I wished I lived near you! I’d be treating myself to one of your beautiful cakes once a month…for no reason at all! You do beautiful work and I would just love to watch you decorate your cakes just to pick up some great tips! Hope the evening was a success for you! Happy Baking! : )

  6. Margo

    Your cakes are absolutely gorgeous!!!! Good luck and if your ever in Denver, I’ll be the first one in line for a taste test!

  7. Bonnie Banters

    Your cakes look so special…you can tell the love of craft invested in these beautiful cakes! The vanilla almond cake sounds so delicious!

    Sweet success at your party…wish I could be there!

  8. Jeanne

    I wish I could be there! And I AM planning a wedding, but it’s in California. Wishing you a successful party – by the look of those cakes you’ll gain quite a few new admirers for your business!

  9. Pam

    What a fun event, Monet!!! I’m a long ways from Austin and wish I could attend. Your cakes are gorgeous and I’m sure you will do great! Good luck in your endeavor!!!!

  10. Choc Chip Uru

    I am so excited for you my friend, what a gorgeous cake-ful event 😀
    I wish I could attent but wishing you all the best and cake in the world!

    Choc Chip Uru

  11. Amy @ fragrantvanillacake

    I wish I could come to your cake party Monet! But I do hope lots of lucky people show up and buy your delicious cakes! This recipe is my kind of cake! Almond vanilla is my favorite, and it reminds me of the baked goods my Mom used to make when I was a kid! Such a wonderful flavor combination :)! Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

  12. Jen

    I wish that I lived closer! Hope your evening is a smashing succes!! I’ll be crossing my fingers for you.

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