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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.
Skill Level: None

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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

eggs

3 eggs

all-purpose flour

2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

baking soda

1 teaspoons baking soda

salt

1/2 teaspoon salt

water

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)

milk

1/4 - 1/3 cup milk

unsweetened chocolate

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

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