Kite Birthday Cake Recipe
Kite Birthday Cake Recipe photo by Taste of Home
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The breezy treat we've featured here is no pie in the sky—but it is a sensationally tasty cake! The CT home economists had a high old time making it, thanks to Mildred's recipes and the playful crafts shared by Paula Del Favero. Our kitchen staff started by baking Mildred's delectable dessert that's full of yummy banana flavor. To top the confection off, they tinted and shaped her creamy frosting to resemble puffy clouds and Paula's bright kites. Using everyday ingredients, you can raise this sweet idea, too. Your birthday guests will be on cloud nine!
MAKES:
12 servings
TOTAL TIME:
Prep: 40 min. + cooling Bake: 35 min. + cooling
MAKES:
12 servings
TOTAL TIME:
Prep: 40 min. + cooling Bake: 35 min. + cooling

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2-2/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 cup mashed ripe bananas (about 2 medium)
  • FROSTING:
  • 3 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons cake flour
  • 6 tablespoons shortening
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • Soft gel paste food coloring-pink, yellow, purple and blue
  • Pastry tips-round tip #3 and #7

Directions

In a mixing bowl, cream shortening and sugar. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each. Stir in vanilla. Combine flour, baking soda and salt; add to creamed mixture alternately with buttermilk and bananas. Pour into a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking pan. Bake at 350° for 35-40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack for 10 minutes; invert onto rack to cool completely. Transfer to a 15-in. x 12-in. covered board.
In a saucepan, combine flour and milk until smooth. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Cool. In a mixing bowl, cream butter, shortening, sugar and vanilla. Beat in flour mixture until thickened.
Place 2 tablespoons frosting each in three bowls; tint one pink, one yellow and one purple. Place 3/4 cup frosting in a bowl; tint blue. Frost top of cake blue and sides white. Form three clouds with some of the white frosting (see photo above); set remaining white frosting aside.
Trace Small Kite and Medium Kite patterns on page 48 onto waxed paper and cut out. With a sharp knife, trace two of each kite pattern on the blue frosting. Fill in kites with some of the purple, pink and yellow frosting. Cut a small hole in the corner of a pastry or plastic bag; insert round tip #3 (or pipe directly from bag). Fill bag with remaining purple frosting; pipe kite strings on the two small kites. Repeat with yellow and pink frosting on medium kites. Pipe colored bows on the top of kite strings.
Cut a small hole in the corner of a pastry or plastic bag; insert round tip #3. Fill bag with remaining white frosting; pipe crossbars and an outline around each kite. Using round tip #7, pipe a border around top edge of cake. Yield: 12 servings.
Editor's Note: Use of a coupler ring will allow you to easily change tips for different designs.
Editor's Note: Use of a coupler ring will allow you to easily change pastry tips for different designs.
Originally published as Kite Birthday Cake in Country Woman March/April 2000, p49

Nutritional Facts

1 piece: 483 calories, 22g fat (8g saturated fat), 54mg cholesterol, 400mg sodium, 67g carbohydrate (42g sugars, 1g fiber), 6g protein.

  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2-2/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 cup mashed ripe bananas (about 2 medium)
  • FROSTING:
  • 3 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons cake flour
  • 6 tablespoons shortening
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • Soft gel paste food coloring-pink, yellow, purple and blue
  • Pastry tips-round tip #3 and #7
  1. In a mixing bowl, cream shortening and sugar. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each. Stir in vanilla. Combine flour, baking soda and salt; add to creamed mixture alternately with buttermilk and bananas. Pour into a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking pan. Bake at 350° for 35-40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack for 10 minutes; invert onto rack to cool completely. Transfer to a 15-in. x 12-in. covered board.
  2. In a saucepan, combine flour and milk until smooth. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Cool. In a mixing bowl, cream butter, shortening, sugar and vanilla. Beat in flour mixture until thickened.
  3. Place 2 tablespoons frosting each in three bowls; tint one pink, one yellow and one purple. Place 3/4 cup frosting in a bowl; tint blue. Frost top of cake blue and sides white. Form three clouds with some of the white frosting (see photo above); set remaining white frosting aside.
  4. Trace Small Kite and Medium Kite patterns on page 48 onto waxed paper and cut out. With a sharp knife, trace two of each kite pattern on the blue frosting. Fill in kites with some of the purple, pink and yellow frosting. Cut a small hole in the corner of a pastry or plastic bag; insert round tip #3 (or pipe directly from bag). Fill bag with remaining purple frosting; pipe kite strings on the two small kites. Repeat with yellow and pink frosting on medium kites. Pipe colored bows on the top of kite strings.
  5. Cut a small hole in the corner of a pastry or plastic bag; insert round tip #3. Fill bag with remaining white frosting; pipe crossbars and an outline around each kite. Using round tip #7, pipe a border around top edge of cake. Yield: 12 servings.
Editor's Note: Use of a coupler ring will allow you to easily change tips for different designs.
Editor's Note: Use of a coupler ring will allow you to easily change pastry tips for different designs.
Originally published as Kite Birthday Cake in Country Woman March/April 2000, p49

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kharin23 User ID: 7611413 251743
Reviewed Jul. 23, 2016

"That cake would be perfect for any child's birthday party"

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