America's Celebration Cake
- 2 cups (12 oz.) semi-sweet chocolate chips divided
- 3/4 cup (1-1/2 sticks) butter or margarine
- 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
- 3 eggs
- Easy-Add vanilla extract Add to shopping list vanilla extract
- 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoons baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 1/2 cups water
- 3/4 cup solid vegetable shortening
- 3/4 cup butter or margarine softened
- Easy-Add clear vanilla extract Add to shopping list clear vanilla extract
- 6 cups confectioner's sugar approx. 1 lb, sifted
- 1/4 - 1/3 cup milk
- 3 squares (1 oz. ea.) unsweetened chocolate melted
Cake serves 20.
America´s Favorite Cake is Right Any Time!
America´s favorite cake is no longer a mystery and the solution is downright delicious!
The clues are in The 2006 Celebration Report from Wilton Enterprises. More than 31 percent of those surveyed said chocolate cake was their favorite cake flavor. About 29 percent chose vanilla buttercream as a favorite icing. Chocolate buttercream and chocolate fudge icing also were strong contenders, ranking second and third behind vanilla buttercream.
To satisfy those "specifications," we´ve created America´s Celebration Cake-two layers of moist chocolate cake filled with vanilla buttercream icing and generously covered with decadent chocolate buttercream. This cake leaves no question that a celebration-birthday, anniversary, holiday or just a great party-is just a slice away!
Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray two 8 x 2-inch baking pans with vegetable pan spray.
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.
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.
Pour into prepared pans.
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.
Meanwhile, prepare filling and icing. In large bowl, cream shortening and butter with electric mixer until light and fluffy.
Add vanilla; mix well. Gradually add sugar, one cup at a time, beating well. Scrape sides and bottom of bowl often.
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.
Reserve 1 1/2 cups white icing. Beat melted chocolate into remaining icing.
Keep icing covered with a damp cloth until ready to use.
Place 1 cake layer on cake board or serving plate; spread with white buttercream icing. Arrange 2nd cake layer over bottom layer.
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