First, I made the box cake according to it's instructions. I chose Strawberry, only because the store was out of Funfetti.
Then, I prepared the pans by placing a piece of wax paper in the bottom of each, sprayed a non-stick spray, and sifted flour around the entire pan. This was a great tip that I found in Christina's post here. It worked like a charm and I did not have any trouble removing them once they were finished baking.
While the cakes cooled in the fridge wrapped in saran wrap, I started on the icing. I followed Christina's cream cheese icing recipe and added in her secret ingredient. This strawberry lemonade icing was delicious!
Once the cakes cooled, I added the middle filling and the first crumb layer of icing. Then, after thirty minutes in the fridge I placed another layer on to complete the cake. Topped it with sprinkles and a homemade bunting, and it was the prettiest birthday cake I've ever seen!
Happy Birthday Maureen!
Stay tuned tomorrow for instructions on how to make a mini bunting, along with a FREE printable!