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America's Celebration Cake Recipe

Celebrate any occasion with America's Celebration Cake. This chocolate cake is filled with vanilla buttercream and topped with chocolate buttercream. Everyone's favorite flavors rolled into one cake!
Makes: Cake serves 20.
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Step 1

Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray two 8 x 2-inch baking pans with vegetable pan spray.

Step 2

Melt 1 cup chocolate chips and butter together either in microwave oven or on top of range over low heat. Stir until chocolate is completely melted. Pour into large bowl.

Step 3

Add sugar; beat with electric mixer on low until well blended. Beat in eggs, one at time. Add vanilla. Stir in 1/2 cup flour, baking soda and salt; mix well. Add remaining flour and water; mix until smooth. Stir in remaining 1 cup of chocolate chips.

Step 4

Pour into prepared pans.

Step 5

Bake 35-40 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pan on cooling rack 10 minutes. Remove from pan; cool completely.

Step 6

Meanwhile, prepare filling and icing. In large bowl, cream shortening and butter with electric mixer until light and fluffy.

Step 7

Add vanilla; mix well. Gradually add sugar, one cup at a time, beating well. Scrape sides and bottom of bowl often.

Step 8

When all sugar has been mixed in, icing will appear dry. Add milk, 1 tablespoon at a time; beat at medium speed until light and fluffy.

Step 9

Reserve 1 1/2 cups white icing. Beat melted chocolate into remaining icing.

Step 10

Keep icing covered with a damp cloth until ready to use.

Step 11

Place 1 cake layer on cake board or serving plate; spread with white buttercream icing. Arrange 2nd cake layer over bottom layer.

Step 12

Spatula ice cake with chocolate icing.

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2 teaspoons vanilla extract


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semi-sweet chocolate chips

2 cups (12 oz.) semi-sweet chocolate chips (divided)

butter or margarine

3/4 cup butter or margarine (softened)

granulated sugar

1 1/2 cups granulated sugar


3 eggs

all-purpose flour

2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

baking soda

1 teaspoons baking soda


1/2 teaspoon salt


1 1/2 cups water

solid vegetable shortening

3/4 cup solid vegetable shortening

confectioner's sugar

6 cups confectioner's sugar (approx. 1 lb, sifted)


1/4 - 1/3 cup milk

unsweetened chocolate

3 squares (1 oz. ea.) unsweetened chocolate (melted)




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America's Celebration Cake is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 29.
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Recipe needs fixed It tastes delicious, but the recipe has never been corrected- the butter should be divided. (If you read through all the reviews you can see it's been atleast 5 years) Some of the butter should have been for the frosting, but it doesn't say how much. I was completely disappointed to find my cake didn't turn out because of too much butter.
Date published: 2017-02-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from delicious only down fall was trying to figure out how much ingredients ,like the margarine, to put into the melting chocolate for the cake and how much to put into the frosting.
Date published: 2016-08-28
Rated 1 out of 5 by from my cake turned out so bad I baked it for about an hour and half and I thought it was done and it was complete raw in the middle !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! my mom had thr worst birthday ever
Date published: 2014-07-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This cake was FABULOUS!!!! So delicious! It did feed about 16 people too. My only change was that I used 3/4 cup of Hershey's syrup instead of the chocolate chips. The icing turned out perfect. It is now my new recipe. I do agree with other posts as to why all that other writing was included...makes no sense. Just these great recipes please!!
Date published: 2013-05-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Note about the use of chocolate chips in cake batter: Use mini chips and put a wax paper or parchment paper in bottom of cake pan and re grease the paper.That keeps them from sticking and falling to the bottom.
Date published: 2013-01-08
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