Jackie R. Jacobson makes a cake that’s basically a work of art!

Malibu Rescue Beach-Themed White Cake

For the Cake (this makes two layers but you can double it to make four layers):
1 cup softened butter
2 cups sugar
7 egg whites
1 tsp vanilla
2 2/3 cup flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 cup milk
Blue food coloring
Crushed graham crackers

For the Buttercream Frosting:
3 cups confectioners’ sugar
1 cup butter
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 to 2 heavy tablespoons whipping cream

Preheat your oven to 350°F. Grease two 8-inch pans. In a bowl, cream the butter and sugar together with an electric mixer until fluffy. As you mix, slowly add egg whites in one at a time, making sure each egg white is fully incorporated before adding the next one. Add your vanilla.

In a separate bowl whisk together your flour and baking powder. This is your dry mixture. Take your dry mixture and slowly start incorporating it into the wet mixture you previously made. Start with putting only about 1/4 of your dry mixture into the wet batter, mixing it with an electric mixer. Next, add a little milk, alternating between adding the dry mixture and milk until all is incorporated.

Split your batter into your 8-inch pans and add food coloring to one half of your batter. Start with a few drops and adding more until you get your ideal color. Now you will have one blue layer and one white layer.

Bake for 25 minutes. To test if it’s done, stick a toothpick through the center. If it comes out clean, your cake is done. Take your cakes out of the oven and let them cool completely.

To make your frosting, mix butter and sugar with an electric mixer or in a standing mixer, starting on low and slowly increasing the speed. Then slowly add the vanilla and heavy whipping cream. Add blue food coloring to your frosting. You can separate your frosting and add different amounts of food coloring to make an ombré effect!

Once your cakes have cooled, stack one layer on top of the other, shaving off the top of the cakes so that they are flat and can stack evenly. Use frosting in between the layers and around the cake to make the layers stick together. This is called a crumb coat. Now, fully frost the cake with a thick layer of frosting on the sides and top. It doesn’t have to be perfect. In fact, it looks more like the ocean if it’s wavy instead of flat!

Finish decorating however you would like. Some ideas for a beach theme would be graham cracker crumbs as sand or chocolate seashells and turtles made from melting chocolate into a candy mold. Enjoy your finished Malibu Rescue cake!

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