Candy Corn Chocolate Cakes
Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner
- 2 cups sugar
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 cup baking cocoa
- 1 cup oil
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2 eggs
- 1 cup buttermilk
- 1 cup hot water
- 2 teaspoons baking soda
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- Buttercream Frosting:
- 1 cup butter or margarine, softened
- 1 2-lb. pkg. powdered sugar
- 1/3 cup milk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Orange paste food coloring
- Yellow paste food coloring
- Beat first 6 ingredients in a large bowl at medium speed with an electric mixer until blended. Stir in buttermilk.
- Stir together one cup hot water and baking soda; stir into batter. Stir in vanilla. Pour into 2 greased and floured 9" round cake pans.
- Bake at 350° for 30 to 40 minutes, or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pans on wire racks 10 minutes. Remove from pans and cool completely on wire racks.
- Freeze layers 30 minutes. Cut each layer into 8 wedges.
- To prepare Buttercream Frosting, beat butter at medium speed with an electric mixer until fluffy; gradually add powdered sugar, beating until light and fluffy. Add milk, beating until spreading consistency. Stir in vanilla.
- Stir in orange food coloring into 1 1/2 cups frosting. Stir in yellow food coloring into 1 1/4 cups frosting. Makes 3 1/2 cups.
- Pipe Buttercream Frosting on top and sides of cake wedges to resemble candy corn. Using a medium star tip, pipe white frosting on the small end of each cake, yellow frosting on center and orange on wide end.
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