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Serving Sunshine Cake

Here comes the sun! This chocolate-chip-centered Sunflower Pan cake turns even cloudy days bright!
Makes: Cake serves 12.
Skill Level: Somewhat Easy

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Step 1

Prepare Icing
We suggest that you tint all icings at one time while cake cools. Refrigerate tinted icings in covered containers until ready to use.

Make 3 cups buttercream icing:
Tint Golden Yellow/Lemon Yellow combination (thin with 3 tablespoons light corn syrup).

Step 2

Decorate in Order

Use a spatula and ice cake top and sides smooth.

Step 3

Score a line at center of each petal with edge of spatula.

Step 4

Position chocolate chips at center of flower.

Step 5

Baking Instructions
Preheat oven to 350°F or temperature per recipe directions. Your cake will unmold easily, without sticking, when you prepare the pan properly. Grease the inside of pan using a pastry brush and solid vegetable shortening (do not use butter, margarine or liquid vegetable oil). Spread the shortening so that all indentations are covered. Sprinkle about 2 Tablespoons flour inside pan and shake so that flour covers all greased surfaces.

Turn pan upside down and tap lightly to remove excess flour. If any shiny spots remain, touch up with more shortening and flour to prevent cake from sticking. (You can use vegetable oil pan spray or vegetable oil pan spray with flour, in place of solid shortening and flour or use Wilton Cake Release, for perfect, crumb-free cakes!).

Make one 2-layer cake mix according to package or recipe directions. Pour the cake batter into pan, and if necessary, spread the batter around with a spatula to fill all areas of the pan evenly. Be careful not to touch sides or bottom of pan.

Bake cake on middle rack of 350°F oven for 30-40 minutes or until cake tests done according to recipe directions.

Remove cake from oven and cool on cake rack for 10 minutes. While the cake is still in the pan, carefully slice off the raised center portion of the cake. This allows the cake to sit more level and helps prevent cracking.

To remove cake from pan, place cooling rack against cake and turn both cake rack and pan over. Lift pan off carefully. Cool cake at least one hour. Brush loose crumbs off cake.

To transfer cake to serving board, hold a cake board against cake and turn both cake and rack over. Lift off rack. Hold another board against bottom of cake and turn cake over. Be sure to hold cake, rack and board close together while turning to prevent cake from cracking.

We recommend hand washing pan in hot, soapy water.

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Serving Sunshine Cake is rated 3.3333 out of 5 by 3.
Rated 3 out of 5 by from I tired to make this without the pan.... would not recommend it! it turned out but was time consuming. i did not use pieces for the center, i used brown star tip frosting, i like that part better
Date published: 2011-05-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The review was helpful to me. I would suggest that you not put the baking instruction as the final step, hence someone with no baking experience may think that you ice the cake before you bake it!
Date published: 2011-09-04
Rated 3 out of 5 by from I did this cake for a bridal shower. The bride had choosen sunflowers for the wedding. I turned out okay, but I had messed up some of the petals. Tasted good though :)
Date published: 2011-05-15
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