My parents happened to come into town for Father's Day weekend, so I actually got to spend some time with them.  

Their original plan was to come down and help my sister, Ashley, nail down a venue for her wedding next fall.  They took care of that, as well as some dress shopping for her.  

Between their wedding planning time, we fit in a night out to dinner at Mellow Mushroom at the American Tobacco Campus and a Father's Day dinner in my backyard.  

For the occasion, I decided I wanted to try to make my first ever naked layer cake.  I had it all planned out in my head, I wanted two layers of chocolate and a layer of strawberry with marshmallow buttercream frosting in between and on top.  Nom.

Here's how it turned out.

Triple Nom.  

I whipped up the cakes earlier in the week and stored them in the freezer.  I made the frosting the day before and put the cake together and stored it in the fridge until Father's Day.

Skylar stayed up late that night, so she got to sneak a few bites of the deliciousness, too.

This obviously makes me an awesome mom since I gave my baby cake well before her first birthday, and I also gave it to her right around bedtime.  Sugar crash!!

Ashley and Spencer commented that I had actually made them a frosting that they actually liked.  We had a conversation earlier in the week about how I'm a frosting person and they are cake people.  I'm thinking they just haven't tried a wide-enough array of frosting yet. 

Lucky for all of you, I'm going to share this little bit of heaven with you.  

Nicole's Heavenly Marshmallow Buttercream Frosting

4 sticks of salted butter (I use land o lakes) (I didn't say this was healthy)
2 lb bag of powdered sugar
2- 7 oz jars of marshmallow cream
2 tsp vanilla

With butter softened, put it into your mixing bowl and add 2 tsp of vanilla.  Beat the butter on low speed for a couple minutes.

Slowly add powdered sugar, mix on medium speed, repeat until the whole bag has been added... this should take several times or you will end up with powdered sugar all over your kitchen.  Less is more.

Add marshmallow cream, one jar at a time, mixing on medium speed in between each one.

Use your spatula on the edges of the bowl and mix a little more just for good measure, and then stick a spoon in there and try the heavenly frosting.  You're going to love me.  

Use it to frost whatever you're frosting right away, and store in the fridge.  Because it has the marshmallow in it, it's a little less stiff than your average buttercream and will fall a little if not refrigerated.  

I hope you enjoy my frosting recipe as much as all my guests and I did!  Enjoy!

The Baseball Wife

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