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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 5 out of 5 by from I Love this cake! I made several of them using buttercream frosting, for my sisters wedding. I also just made it for my Mom's Birthday cake with just a couple changes. I added white chocolate melted to the buttercream between the layers. Added fresh raspberries on top, drizzled with white chocolate. Yes, the chocolate chips do sink in the cake, I bake it for 5 mins then add the chips. I have made this cake 10 times and since that first time; I have not had a problem with them sinking or sticking in the pan anymore.
Date published: 2011-06-03
Rated 3 out of 5 by from The taste of the cake was a huge hit. My only problem is that the choc chips sink down to the bottom of the cake. Ive made it a few times and also tried it in cupcakes but I wouldnt do that again as again the choc chips sank to the bottom and the cake was too crumbly for cupcakes! Overall though i would probably make it again maybe just melt all the choc chips instead of half!
Date published: 2010-12-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This cake and frosting are amazing! I made it for the ladies at my daughter's daycare. They absolutely loved it and were so impressed that everything was homemade. We had a bit of leftover chocolate buttercream, but that didn't last very long. ;) I added fondant flowers in blues and pinks for decoration which looked adorable with the chocolate. Definitely a keeper.
Date published: 2010-12-03
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 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 5 out of 5 by from I've made this cake several times and it is a huge hit every time. I don't find it any more difficult than any other 'from scratch' recipe. In other words,it's pretty easy.I often use milk chocolate chips,instead of semi-sweet and frost it with a chocolate buttercream. Yummy..It's definitely a five star recipe..
Date published: 2010-11-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Everytime I have made this it has been a huge hit. I have used semi sweet chips and milk chocolate chips and it is really good either way. This cake is also really good cold. My husband loves to put it in the fridge for an hour before he eats it!
Date published: 2010-12-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I love using this recipe! First time I used it I only had unsweetened chocolate so melted the whole thing with the butter and added a bit of extra sugar to the mix. Came out great and was easy to trim down the top to a flat surface.
Date published: 2010-12-01
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