It was the other half’s birthday a few days ago, and he wanted a vanilla cake with a vanilla buttercream frosting. That just sounds pure plain to me! I love complex flavors in all my food, with herbs, teas, spices included, which for me is more fun to play around with, than just simply vanilla!
This was the case the last year too, where he wanted the same cake – vanilla cake with vanilla frosting, and last year I made him an ombre layered cake, covered all over with sprinkles. This year I decided to put funfetti in the cake batter itself to make it festive, inspiration from Teresa of www.now-forager.com, who has one of the most beautiful blogs I have ever seen. She is an amazing pastry chef, and her photography is impeccable, as much as how sweet a person she is as well! I digress, but I had to talk Teresa for a bit! I did a Swiss Meringue Buttercream frosting on the outside and the middle layers as well. This was the simple cake!
I was not sure how to decorate the cake, and then it struck me that I could decorate it with birthday macarons! I made a vanilla bean shell with funfetti on the shell, and a Bourbon Salted Caramel Buttecream filling inside! He loves the Bourbon Salted Caramel so much, that I had to include them in the macaron somehow!
It is a simple macaron, but the bourbon salted caramel takes it the next level! I was quite happy with the results and wanted to share the recipe with you all!
If you do make these macarons, it would be great if you could tag me on Instagram with #thejamlab, or leave a comment below as well, to let me know how it turned out! I would really appreciate it!
Here is a picture of the birthday cake as well, decorated with macarons, making it fun and whimsical! The recipe for the cake is from Tessa of www.stylesweetca.com ! She has a beautiful book called Layered, the recipe of the cake below is from this book! It turned out to be one delicious looking and tasting cake!
Enjoy the recipe!