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The Big Book of Cakes

The Big Book of Cakes

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The Big Book of Cakes

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Pubblicato:
Mar 26, 2013
ISBN:
9780544177581
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Recipes for amazing cakes for every occasion—from all-time classics to contemporary favorites.

Get ready for a stellar lineup of the most delicious cakes ever! From everyday treats to spectacular showstoppers, here are 200 recipes for snack cakes, layer cakes, decorated children's party cakes, rolled cakes, upside-down cakes, coffee cakes, pudding cakes, cheesecakes, cupcakes, and cake pops, balls, and bites. The options are nearly endless and sure to inspire your next occasion!

Whether your craving is for classic cakes, fun new flavors, or great decorating ideas, you'll fall in love with fabulous and foolproof creations like Sour Cream Spice Cake, Chocolate Stout Cake with Caramel Frosting, Red Velvet Cake, Peaches and Buttercream Cake, Strawberry-Rhubarb Upside-Down Cake, Slumber Party Cake, and Spring Chicks Cake Pops. There's also an introductory section with information and photos showing how to bake, assemble, and frost cakes, as well as sweet tips throughout to ensure success every time.

·200 recipes include classic and modern cakes and creative variations

·More than 100 full-color photos showcase the cakes at their beautiful best

·Special features cover frosting a layer cake, making and decorating cake pops, and easy ways to decorate a cake to add that perfect final touch.

You'll find almost any cake you can imagine in Betty Crocker: The Big Book of Cakes. With these recipes, you'll never run out of ideas for satisfying your sweet tooth.
Pubblicato:
Mar 26, 2013
ISBN:
9780544177581
Formato:
Libro

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With more than 75 million cookbooks sold since 1950, Betty Crocker is the name readers trust for reliable recipes and great ideas. For over 75 years, Betty Crocker has provided advice to millions of Americans through cookbooks, magazines and the internet.

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chapter 1

Basic Cakes

Chocolate Cake

Starlight Yellow Cake

Silver White Cake

Buttermilk Spice Cake

Pound Cake

Angel Food Cake

Lemon Chiffon Cake

Jelly Roll

Vanilla Buttercream Frosting

Chocolate Buttercream Frosting

Fudge Frosting

Cream Cheese Frosting

Caramel Frosting

Fluffy White Frosting

Chocolate Ganache

Vanilla Glaze

Chocolate Glaze

Chocolate Cake

Prep Time: 20 minutes • Start to Finish: 2 hours 15 minutes • 12 SERVINGS

2¹⁄4 cups all-purpose flour or 2¹⁄2 cups cake flour

1²⁄3 cups sugar

³⁄4 cup butter, softened

²⁄3 cup unsweetened baking cocoa

1¹⁄4 cups water

1¹⁄4 teaspoons baking soda

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon vanilla

¹⁄4 teaspoon baking powder

2 eggs

Fudge Frosting or Fluffy White Frosting, if desired

1 Heat oven to 350°F. Grease bottom and side of 2 (9-inch) or 3 (8-inch) round pans with shortening; lightly flour.

2 In large bowl, beat all ingredients except frosting with electric mixer on low speed 30 seconds, scraping bowl constantly. Beat on high speed 3 minutes, scraping bowl occasionally. Pour into pans.

3 Bake 30 to 35 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes; remove from pans to cooling rack. Cool completely, about 1 hour.

4 Fill and frost with Fudge Frosting.

1 Serving: Calories 330; Total Fat 13g (Saturated Fat 6g; Trans Fat 0.5g); Cholesterol 65mg; Sodium 430mg; Total Carbohydrate 48g (Dietary Fiber 2g); Protein 5g Exchanges: 2 Starch, 1 Other Carbohydrate, 2½ Fat Carbohydrate Choices: 3

Change the Pan Size

Follow the recipe as directed and pour batter into 13 × 9-inch pan; bake 40 to 45 minutes.

Starlight Yellow Cake

Prep Time: 10 minutes • Start to Finish: 2 hours • 12 SERVINGS

2¹⁄4 cups all-purpose flour

1¹⁄2 cups sugar

3¹⁄2 teaspoons baking powder

1 teaspoon salt

¹⁄2 cup butter, softened

1¹⁄4 cups milk

1 teaspoon vanilla

3 eggs

Chocolate Buttercream Frosting

1 Heat oven to 350°F. Grease bottom and side of 2 (9-inch) or 3 (8-inch) round pans with shortening; lightly flour.

2 In large bowl, beat all ingredients except frosting with electric mixer on low speed 30 seconds, scraping bowl constantly. Beat on high speed 3 minutes, scraping bowl occasionally. Pour into pans.

3 Bake 25 to 30 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean or cake springs back when touched lightly in center. Cool 10 minutes; remove from pans to cooling rack. Cool completely, about 1 hour.

4 Fill and frost with Chocolate Buttercream Frosting.

1 Serving: Calories 290; Total Fat 10g (Saturated Fat 4.5g; Trans Fat 0g); Cholesterol 75mg; Sodium 420mg; Total Carbohydrate 45g (Dietary Fiber 0g); Protein 5g Exchanges: 2 Starch, 1 Other Carbohydrate, 1½ Fat Carbohydrate Choices: 3

Starlight Cherry Cake: Stir in ¹⁄2 cup dried cherries after beating batter in Step 2. Frost with Cherry-Nut Frosting.

Starlight Peanut Butter Cake: Substitute peanut butter for the butter. Frost with Fudge Frosting.

Change the Pan Size

Follow the recipe as directed and pour batter into 13 × 9-inch pan; bake 35 to 40 minutes.

Silver White Cake

Prep Time: 10 minutes • Start to Finish: 2 hours 5 minutes • 12 SERVINGS

2¹⁄4 cups all-purpose flour or 2¹⁄2 cups cake flour

1²⁄3 cups sugar

3¹⁄2 teaspoons baking powder

1 teaspoon salt

²⁄3 cup shortening

1¹⁄4 cups milk

1 teaspoon vanilla or almond extract

5 egg whites

Fluffy White Frosting or Chocolate Buttercream Frosting, if desired

1 Heat oven to 350°F. Grease bottom and side of 2 (9-inch) or 3 (8-inch) round pans with shortening; lightly flour.

2 In large bowl, beat all ingredients except egg whites and frosting with electric mixer on low speed 30 seconds, scraping bowl constantly. Beat on high speed 2 minutes, scraping bowl occasionally.

3 Beat in egg whites on high speed 2 minutes, scraping bowl occasionally. Pour into pans.

4 Bake 9-inch pans 30 to 35 minutes, 8-inch pans 23 to 28 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean or until cake springs back when touched lightly in center. Cool 10 minutes; remove from pans to cooling racks. Cool completely, about 1 hour.

5 Fill and frost with Fluffy White Frosting.

1 Serving: Calories 320; Total Fat 12g (Saturated Fat 3g; Trans Fat 2g); Cholesterol 0mg; Sodium 370mg; Total Carbohydrate 47g (Dietary Fiber 0g); Protein 5g Exchanges: 2 Starch, 1 Other Carbohydrate, 2 Fat Carbohydrate Choices: 3

Chocolate Chip Cake: Fold ¹⁄2 cup miniature or finely chopped regular semisweet chocolate chips into batter just before pouring into pans.

Cookies ’n’ Cream Cake: Stir 1 cup crushed chocolate cream sandwich cookies into batter after beating in egg whites. Bake as directed. Frost with Fluffy White Frosting; garnish with chocolate cream sandwich cookies.

Marble Cake: Before pour-ing batter into pan(s), remove 1³⁄4 cups of the batter; reserve. Pour remaining batter into pan(s). Stir 3 tablespoons unsweetened baking cocoa and ¹⁄8 teaspoon baking soda into reserved batter. Drop chocolate batter by tablespoonfuls randomly onto white batter. Cut through batters with knife for marbled design. Bake and cool as directed in Step 4.

Change the Pan Size

Follow the recipe as directed and pour batter into 13 × 9-inch pan; bake 40 to 45 minutes.

Buttermilk Spice Cake

Prep Time: 10 minutes • Start to Finish: 1 hour 55 minutes • 15 SERVINGS

2¹⁄2 cups all-purpose flour or cake flour

1 cup granulated sugar

³⁄4 cup packed brown sugar

¹⁄2 cup shortening

1¹⁄3 cups buttermilk

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon salt

³⁄4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

³⁄4 teaspoon ground allspice

¹⁄2 teaspoon ground cloves

¹⁄2 teaspoon ground nutmeg

3 eggs

Caramel Frosting

1 Heat oven to 350°F. Grease bottom and sides of 13 × 9-inch pan with shortening; lightly flour.

2 In large bowl, beat all ingredients except frosting with electric mixer on medium speed 30 seconds, scraping bowl constantly. Beat on high speed 3 minutes, scraping bowl occasionally. Pour batter into pan.

3 Bake 40 to 45 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool completely, about 1 hour.

4 Frost with Caramel Frosting.

1 Serving: Calories 260; Total Fat 9g (Saturated Fat 2.5g; Trans Fat 1g); Cholesterol 45mg; Sodium 310mg; Total Carbohydrate 42g (Dietary Fiber 0g); Protein 4g Exchanges: 1 Starch, 2 Other Carbohydrate, 1½ Fat Carbohydrate Choices: 3

Change the Pan Size

Follow the recipe as directed and pour batter into 2 (9-inch) round pans; bake 35 to 40 minutes. Cool 10 minutes; remove from pans to cooling rack. Cool completely, about 1 hour.

Pound Cake

Prep Time: 20 minutes • Start to Finish: 4 hours • 24 SERVINGS

3 cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

¹⁄4 teaspoon salt

2¹⁄2 cups granulated sugar

1 cup butter, softened

1 teaspoon vanilla or almond extract

5 eggs

1 cup milk or evaporated milk

Powdered sugar, if desired

1 Heat oven to 350°F. Generously grease bottom, side and tube of 10-inch angel food (tube) cake pan or 12-cup fluted tube cake pan with shortening; lightly flour.

2 In medium bowl, mix flour, baking powder and salt; set aside. In large bowl, beat granulated sugar, butter, vanilla and eggs with electric mixer on low speed 30 seconds, scraping bowl constantly. Beat on high speed 5 minutes, scraping bowl occasionally. Beat flour mixture into sugar mixture alternately with milk on low speed, beating just until smooth after each addition. Pour into pan.

3 Bake 1 hour 10 minutes to 1 hour 20 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 20 minutes; remove from pan to cooling rack. Cool completely, about 2 hours. Sprinkle with powdered sugar.

1 Serving: Calories 230; Total Fat 9g (Saturated Fat 4.5g; Trans Fat 0g); Cholesterol 65mg; Sodium 115mg; Total Carbohydrate 33g (Dietary Fiber 0g); Protein 3g Exchanges: 1 Starch, 1 Other Carbohydrate, 2 Fat Carbohydrate Choices: 2

Lemon–Poppy Seed Pound Cake: Substitute 1 teaspoon lemon extract for the vanilla. Fold 1 tablespoon grated lemon peel and ¹⁄4 cup poppy seed into batter.

Orange-Coconut Pound Cake: Fold 1¹⁄3 cups coconut and 2 tablespoons grated orange peel into batter.

Toasted Almond Pound Cake: Substitute almond extract for the vanilla. Fold 1¹⁄2 cups slivered almonds, toasted*, into batter. Drizzle with Chocolate Glaze or Vanilla Glaze, if desired.

*To toast almonds, heat oven to 350°F. Spread almonds in ungreased shallow pan. Bake uncovered 6 to 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until light brown.)

Change the Pan Size

Follow the recipe as directed and pour batter into 2 (9 × 5-inch) loaf pans; bake 55 to 60 minutes.

Angel Food Cake

Prep Time: 20 minutes • Start to Finish: 3 hours 25 minutes • 12 SERVINGS

1¹⁄2 cups egg whites (about 12)

1¹⁄2 cups powdered sugar

1 cup cake flour

1¹⁄2 teaspoons cream of tartar

1 cup granulated sugar

1¹⁄2 teaspoons vanilla

¹⁄2 teaspoon almond extract

¹⁄4 teaspoon salt

Chocolate Glaze or Vanilla Glaze, if desired

1 Let egg whites stand at room temperature for 30 minutes. Room temperature egg whites will have more volume when beaten than cold egg whites. Move oven rack to lowest position. Heat oven to 375°F.

2 In medium bowl, mix powdered sugar and flour; set aside. In large, clean, dry bowl, beat egg whites and cream of tartar with electric mixer on medium speed until foamy. Beat in granulated sugar, 2 tablespoons at a time, on high speed, adding vanilla, almond extract and salt with the last addition of sugar. Continue beating until stiff and glossy. Do not underbeat.

3 Sprinkle powdered sugar–flour mixture, ¹⁄4 cup at a time, over egg white mixture, folding in with rubber spatula just until sugar–flour mixture disappears. Push batter into ungreased 10-inch angel food (tube) cake pan. Cut gently through batter with metal spatula or knife to break air pockets.

4 Bake 30 to 35 minutes or until cracks feel dry and top springs back when touched lightly. Immediately turn pan upside down onto heatproof bottle or funnel. Let hang about 2 hours or until cake is completely cool.

5 Loosen side of cake with knife or long metal spatula; remove from pan. Spread or drizzle Chocolate Glaze over top of cake.

1 Serving: Calories 180; Total Fat 0g (Saturated Fat 0g; Trans Fat 0g); Cholesterol 0mg; Sodium 100mg; Total Carbohydrate 41g (Dietary Fiber 0g); Protein 4g Exchanges: 1½ Starch, 1 Other Carbohydrate Carbohydrate Choices: 3

Cherry Angel Food Cake: Gently fold ¹⁄3 cup chopped, very well-drained maraschino cherries into batter in Step 3. Continue as directed.

Chocolate-Cherry Angel Food Cake: Stir 2 oz grated semisweet baking chocolate into powdered sugar and flour in Step 2. Continue as directed. Gently fold ¹⁄3 cup chopped, very well-drained maraschino cherries into batter in Step 3. Continue as directed.

Chocolate Confetti Angel Food Cake: Stir 2 oz grated semisweet baking chocolate into powdered sugar and flour in Step 2. Continue as directed.

Espresso Angel Food Cake: Stir 2 tablespoons instant espresso coffee powder or granules into powdered sugar and flour in Step 2. Continue as directed.

Lemon Chiffon Cake

Prep Time: 20 minutes • Start to Finish: 3 hours 35 minutes • 12 SERVINGS

2 cups all-purpose flour or 2¹⁄4 cups cake flour

1¹⁄2 cups sugar

3 teaspoons baking powder

1 teaspoon salt

³⁄4 cup cold water

¹⁄2 cup vegetable oil

2 teaspoons vanilla

1 tablespoon grated lemon peel

7 egg yolks (if using all-purpose flour) or 5 egg yolks (if using cake flour)

1 cup egg whites (about 8)

¹⁄2 teaspoon cream of tartar

Lemon Glaze, if desired

1 Move oven rack to lowest position. Heat oven to 325°F.

2 In large bowl, mix flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Beat in water, oil, vanilla, lemon peel and egg yolks with electric mixer on low speed until smooth.

3 Wash and dry mixer beaters. In large bowl, beat egg whites and cream of tartar with electric mixer on high speed until stiff peaks form. Gradually pour egg yolk mixture over beaten egg whites, folding in with rubber spatula just until blended. Pour into ungreased 10-inch angel food (tube) cake pan.

4 Bake about 1 hour 15 minutes or until top springs back when touched lightly. Immediately turn pan upside down onto heatproof bottle or funnel. Let hang about 2 hours or until cake is completely cool.

5 Loosen side of cake with knife or long metal spatula; remove from pan. Spread glaze over top of cake, allowing some to drizzle down side.

1 Serving: Calories 300; Total Fat 12g (Saturated Fat 2.5g; Trans Fat 0g); Cholesterol 125mg; Sodium 360mg; Total Carbohydrate 42g (Dietary Fiber 0g); Protein 6g Exchanges: 2 Starch, 1 Other Carbohydrate, 1 Fat Carbohydrate Choices: 3

Orange Chiffon Cake: Omit vanilla. Substitute 2 tablespoons grated orange peel for the lemon peel. Spread with Orange Glaze, if desired.

Peppermint Chiffon Cake: Omit vanilla; add ¹⁄2 teaspoon peppermint extract with water and oil in Step 2. Spread with Vanilla or Chocolate Glaze, if desired.

Spiced Chiffon Cake: Add 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon and ¹⁄4 teaspoon each ground nutmeg, allspice and cloves with flour and sugar in Step 2. Spread with Vanilla or Browned Butter Glaze, if desired.

Jelly Roll

Prep Time: 30 minutes • Start to Finish: 1 hour 15 minutes • 10 SERVINGS

3 eggs

1 cup granulated sugar

¹⁄3 cup water

1 teaspoon vanilla

³⁄4 cup all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

¹⁄4 teaspoon salt

Powdered sugar

About ²⁄3 cup jelly or jam

1 Heat oven to 375°F. Line 15 × 10 × 1-inch pan with waxed paper, foil or cooking parchment paper; generously grease waxed paper or foil with shortening.

2 In medium bowl, beat eggs with electric mixer on high speed about 5 minutes or until very thick and lemon colored. Gradually beat in granulated sugar. Beat in water and vanilla on low speed. Gradually add flour, baking powder and salt, beating just until batter is smooth. Pour into pan, spreading to corners.

3 Bake 12 to 15 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Immediately loosen cake from sides of pan and turn upside down onto towel generously sprinkled with powdered sugar. Carefully remove paper. Trim off stiff edges of cake if necessary. While cake is hot, carefully roll cake and towel from narrow end. Cool on cooling rack at least 30 minutes.

4 Unroll cake and remove towel. Beat jelly slightly with fork to soften; spread over cake. Roll up cake. Sprinkle with powdered sugar.

1 Serving: Calories 200; Total Fat 1.5g (Saturated Fat 0.5g; Trans Fat 0g); Cholesterol 65mg; Sodium 135mg; Total Carbohydrate 42g (Dietary Fiber 0g); Protein 3g Exchanges: 1 Starch, 2 Other Carbohydrate Carbohydrate Choices: 3

Chocolate Cake Roll: Increase eggs to 4. Beat in ¹⁄4 cup unsweetened baking cocoa with the flour. If desired, fill cake with ice cream instead of jelly or jam. Spread 1 to 1¹⁄2 pints (2 to 3 cups) slightly softened ice cream over cooled cake. Roll up cake; wrap in plastic wrap. Freeze about 4 hours or until firm.

Lemon Curd Cake Roll: Make jelly roll cake as directed, adding 2 teaspoons grated lemon peel to batter with flour. Omit jelly and spread cake with ²⁄3 cup purchased lemon curd. Roll as directed. Store covered in refrigerator.

Whipped Cream Cake Roll: Make jelly roll cake as directed, substituting ¹⁄2 teaspoon almond extract for the vanilla. In small bowl, whip ¹⁄2 cup whipping cream, 2 teaspoons powdered sugar and ¹⁄4 teaspoon almond extract to stiff peaks. Spread over cake and roll as directed. Store covered in refrigerator.

Cake Frostings

1 Peppermint Frosting

2 Caramel Frosting

3 Lemon Frosting

4 Fluffy White Frosting

5 Fudge Frosting

6 Maple-Nut Frosting

1 Orange Frosting

2 Creamy Cocoa Frosting

3 Cherry-Nut Frosting

4 Peanut Butter Frosting

5 Vanilla Buttercream Frosting

6 Cream Cheese Frosting

7 Browned Butter Frosting

Vanilla Buttercream Frosting

Prep Time: 10 minutes • Start to Finish: 10 minutes • 12 SERVINGS (1³⁄4 CUPS FROSTING)

3 cups powdered sugar

¹⁄3 cup butter, softened

1¹⁄2 teaspoons vanilla

1 to 2 tablespoons milk

1 In large bowl, mix powdered sugar and butter with spoon or electric mixer on low speed until blended. Stir in vanilla and 1 tablespoon of the milk.

2 Gradually beat in just enough remaining milk to make frosting smooth and spreadable. If frosting is too thick, beat in more milk, a few drops at a time. If frosting becomes too thin, beat in a small amount of powdered sugar.

3 Frost 13 × 9-inch cake, or fill and frost 8- or 9-inch two-layer cake (see tip).

1 Serving: Calories 170; Total Fat 5g (Saturated Fat 2.5g; Trans Fat 0g); Cholesterol 15mg; Sodium 35mg; Total Carbohydrate 30g (Dietary Fiber 0g); Protein 0g Exchanges: 2 Other Carbohydrate, 1 Fat Carbohydrate Choices: 2

Browned Butter Frosting: In 1-quart saucepan, heat ¹⁄3 cup butter (do not use margarine or vegetable oil spreads) over medium heat just until light brown, stirring constantly. Watch carefully because butter can brown and then burn quickly. Cool butter. Use browned butter instead of softened butter in recipe.

Lemon or Orange Frosting: Omit vanilla. Substitute lemon or orange juice for the milk. Stir in 1 teaspoon grated lemon or orange peel.

Maple-Nut Frosting: Omit vanilla. Substitute 1 to 2 tablespoons real maple syrup or maple-flavored syrup for the milk. Stir in ¹⁄4 cup finely chopped nuts.

Peanut Butter Frosting: Substitute creamy peanut butter for the butter. Increase milk to about ¹⁄4 cup, adding more if necessary, a few drops at a time.

Chocolate Buttercream Frosting

Prep Time: 15 minutes • Start to Finish: 15 minutes • 12 SERVINGS (2 CUPS FROSTING)

¹⁄3 cup butter, softened

3 oz unsweetened baking chocolate, melted and cooled at least 5 minutes

3 cups powdered sugar

2 teaspoons vanilla

3 to 4 tablespoons milk

1 In large bowl, beat butter and chocolate with spoon or electric mixer on low speed until blended. Gradually beat in powdered sugar on low speed until blended.

2 Gradually beat in vanilla and just enough milk to make frosting smooth and spreadable. If frosting is too thick, beat in more milk, a few drops at a time. If frosting becomes too thin, beat in a small amount of powdered sugar.

3 Frost 13 × 9-inch cake, or fill and frost 8- or 9-inch two-layer cake (see tip).

1 Serving: Calories 210; Total Fat 9g (Saturated Fat 5g; Trans Fat 0g); Cholesterol 15mg; Sodium 35mg; Total Carbohydrate 32g (Dietary Fiber 1g); Protein 0g Exchanges: ½ Starch, 2 Other Carbohydrate, 1½ Fat Carbohydrate Choices: 2

Creamy Cocoa Frosting: Substitute ¹⁄3 cup unsweetened baking cocoa for the chocolate.

Mocha Frosting: Add 2¹⁄2 teaspoons instant coffee granules or crystals with the powdered sugar.

White Chocolate Frosting: Substitute 2 oz white chocolate baking squares or bars, melted and cooled at least 5 minutes, for the chocolate. Do not use white vanilla baking chips because they will add a grainy texture.

Fudge Frosting

Prep Time: 10 minutes • Start to Finish: 55 minutes • 12 SERVINGS (3¹⁄2 CUPS FROSTING)

2 cups granulated sugar

1 cup unsweetened baking cocoa

1 cup milk

¹⁄2 cup butter, cut into pieces

¹⁄4 cup light corn syrup

¹⁄4 teaspoon salt

2 teaspoons vanilla

2¹⁄2 to 3 cups powdered sugar

1 In 3-quart saucepan, mix granulated sugar and cocoa. Stir in milk, butter, corn syrup and salt. Heat to boiling, stirring frequently. Boil 3 minutes, stirring occasionally. Cool 45 minutes.

2 Beat in vanilla and enough powdered sugar for spreading consistency.

3 Frost 13 × 9-inch cake, or fill and frost 8- or 9-inch two-layer cake.

1 Serving: Calories 170; Total Fat 4.5g (Saturated Fat 3g; Trans Fat 0g); Cholesterol 10mg; Sodium 35mg; Total Carbohydrate 32g (Dietary Fiber 1g); Protein 1g Exchanges: 2 Other Carbohydrate, 1 Fat Carbohydrate Choices: 2

SWEET TIPS For enough Vanilla Buttercream Frosting to fill and frost an 8-inch three-layer cake, use 4¹⁄2 cups powdered sugar, ¹⁄2 cup butter, 2 teaspoons vanilla and about 3 tablespoons milk.

For enough Chocolate Buttercream Frosting to fill and frost an 8-inch three-layer cake, use ¹⁄2 cup butter, 4 oz chocolate, 4¹⁄2 cups powdered sugar, 1 tablespoon vanilla and about ¹⁄4 cup milk.

Cream Cheese Frosting

Prep Time: 10 minutes • Start to Finish: 10 minutes • 12 SERVINGS (2¹⁄2 CUPS FROSTING)

1 package (8 oz) cream cheese, softened

¹⁄4 cup butter, softened

2 to 3 teaspoons milk

1 teaspoon vanilla

4 cups powdered sugar

1 In large bowl, beat cream cheese, butter, milk and vanilla with electric mixer on low speed until smooth.

2 Gradually beat in powdered sugar, 1 cup at a time, on low speed until frosting is smooth and spreadable.

3 Frost 13 × 9-inch cake, or fill and frost 8- or 9-inch two-layer cake.

1 Serving: Calories 260; Total Fat 10g (Saturated Fat 6g; Trans Fat 0g); Cholesterol 30mg; Sodium 80mg; Total Carbohydrate 40g (Dietary Fiber 0g); Protein 2g Exchanges: 1 Starch, 1½ Other Carbohydrate, 2 Fat Carbohydrate Choices:

Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting: Add 2 oz unsweetened baking chocolate, melted and cooled 10 minutes, with the butter.

SWEET TIP This is the perfect frosting for carrot cake and spice or applesauce cakes. Be sure to refrigerate the frosted cake since cream cheese is perishable.

Extra Frosting

If you have leftover frosting, glaze or ganache, it can be tightly covered and refrigerated for up

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