First, let me start this post off by saying I have finally found the best vanilla cake recipe in the entire world!! Thank you Sweetapolita! It's flavorful, moist, and bakes up like a fluffy dreamy cloud of vanilla deliciousness. I am in love. I can't wait to try this recipe as cupcakes.
The cake: Layers of vanilla cake filled with strawberry Swiss meringue buttercream. I wasn't sure what type of frosting to use on the outside of the cake. I actually make the Cake Boss' decorator's buttercream originally. It goes against my distrust of vegetable shortening, but I wanted a smooth outer frosting. It was VILE. Instead I went with my favorite sugary sweet American buttercream from Sweetapolita (have I mentioned I love her?), and while it wasn't completely smooth it turned out pretty good.
The little birthday boy loved his train cake and that's was the best compliment of all. :)