Wishing Tara a very very Happy 30th!
She had a special request for her birthday cake... brown sugar cake with Salted Caramel Buttercream. I frosted the cake in Salted Caramel Buttercream & then made all the decorations out of fondant. I planned on having the 3-0 standing up but my fondant-gumpaste didn't dry enough & it broke when I stuck it in the cake so I remade them and made them lay flat.
Salted Caramel Buttercream
1/2 cup granulated sugar
4 tbsp water
1/2 cup heavy cream
2 tsp vanilla extract
2 cups unsalted butter (4 sticks), at room temperature
1 1/2 tsp salt
8 cups powdered sugar, sifted
1. Briefly stir together granulated sugar and water in a small saucepan and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Continue cooking, without stirring, until mixture turns dark amber in color, about 6 to 7 minutes.
2. Remove from heat and slowly add in cream and vanilla, stirring with a wooden spoon until completely smooth. Set aside until cool to the touch, about 25 minutes.
3. Combine butter and salt in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment and beat on medium-high speed until light in color and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Reduce speed to low, add powdered sugar, and mix until completely incorporated.