Here's what you'll need.
Your favorite box of chocolate cake mix
1/2 cup oil
1 1/4 cup of cold coffee
1 cup of softened butter
1/2 cup of shortening
pinch of salt
2 teaspoons of vanilla extract
3 cups of powdered sugar
This is what you're going to do.
Preheat your oven to 325. Use a little shortening to grease your cake pans so the cakes won't stick. I used 8 inch pans but if you have 9 inch pans, just use those. Combine cake mix, eggs, oil, and coffee and mix until smooth. Divide the batter between two pans and bake for 25 minutes. To check doneness, insert a toothpick in the center of the cake. If it comes out dry, it's done. Also, when the cake is done the sides should pull away from the pan. You'll see. Let your cakes cool completely before frosting.
Using a stand mixer or electric beaters, mix the butter and shortening until smooth. Add vanilla and salt and mix. Then add 1 cup of powdered sugar at a time while mixing on low until combined. Now turn up the speed to medium and mix for six minutes.
When assembling, you'll need to trim a little of the round top off so the cakes are flat. Eat those scraps! Then slather the buttercream on both layers, stack, and add your sprinkles. Celebration Cake!
|Here are the three tiny cakes. I used a large star tip for all of them. I like how the two look like giant cupcakes.|