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Cake Submitted by Kyrie S. from Nanaimo, British Columbia.
I made this cake for a friend’s daughter’s fifth birthday.
All the decorations are made from fondant. I drew the mermaids on paper, then cut them out of thin fondant with an Exacto blade knife, tracing over the paper. I painted them with food coloring.
The cake is simple chocolate:
Combine & sift:
3 cups brown sugar
3 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups cocoa
2 tsp baking powder
2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
Combine and add to first mixture:
1 1/2 cups milk (I used buttermilk)
1 1/2 cups coffee
2 tsp vanilla
1 cup melted butter
Beat well and pour into any prepared (buttered and floured) pans. Bake at 350°F, about 20 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.
The frosting is basic buttercream:
Whisk 3 cups extra fine white sugar and 12 egg whites in a double boiler over simmering water. Remove from heat when sugar has dissolved and mixture is hot (but not cooked).
Beat mixture until peaks form (like meringue). Slowly add 4 cups of softened butter, cut into chunks. Continue to beat until the frosting comes together. Add any flavorings or colors. Stir until there are no air bubbles remaining.