A sweet treat that’s great for summer or winter, this Shades of Citrus Chocolate Cake is the only reason you need to have a celebration. Tasty chocolate layers are stacked between colorful stars, dots and rosettes…making this cake a stunning centerpiece to any birthday, anniversary or wedding shower. Best of all, you can customize this cake to fit any holiday or celebration! Simply change the icing colors to make a cake perfect for Christmas, Halloween or Easter.
Prepare sponge batter following recipe instructions. Bake and cool sponge layers.
Prepare buttercream icing following recipe instructions. Tint 1 cup icing light pink and 1 cup icing each yellow, dark pink and orange following color combinations provided. *Combine Lemon Yellow and Orange icing colors to get yellow color shown. Combine Rose and Royal Blue icing colors to get light pink color shown. Combine Pink with Red-Red icing color to get dark pink color shown. Combine Orange and Red-Red icing colors to get orange color shown.
Prepare decorating bag with coupler and light pink icing. Using tip 12, starting about 2 in. from edge of first sponge layer, fill in centre of cake; smooth with palette knife. Prepare three decorating bags with couplers. Fill each bag with ½ cup of one color. Prepare five additional decorating bags with tips 1M, 2A and 4B. Fill each with ½ cup of remaining colors. Alternating bags, pipe a variety of stars, dots and rosettes around edge of sponge layer; top with next sponge layer.Repeat process, filling in center of sponge layer with light pink icing and decorating edge of sponge layer, until all layers are complete. For top layer, leave centre of cake plain and pipe stars, dots and rosettes around edge.
Perfect for classic borders or cloudlike decorations, dots are a versatile technique that can be piped in a range of sizes. The dot technique can be used as a simple border for cakes and cookies, as well as for icing cupcakes or piping meringues.
One of the most popular techniques, stars come in a range of sizes and styles. Experiment with open and closed stars for variation in look. The star technique is timeless and can be used as a classic border or as a stunning fill-in for the top of a dessert.