Since it turned out to be quite an adventure make this double layer cake for our Halloween Birthday party this past weekend, I thought I’d share what I learned.
First of all, I used a Wilton Half Sheet Cake Pan which is 12 x 18 inches. This requires using two boxed mixes per layer or doubling a cake recipe that makes two layers. If you substitute applesauce or bananas for the oil in the boxed mix, you’ll definitely need to make sure the cake is completely baked. On the package, 9 x 13 size cakes need about 28 to 32 minutes. I set the time for 30 and then checked every 5 minutes.
If you have a layer that has a dome in the middle, trim the dome flat before frosting it. I didn’t think of this, and I ended up having to mask the gap between the two layers with icing.
You only need to double a frosting recipe for the filling, however you will need to triple a recipe for covering the outside of the cake. I like to use a simple buttercream which can be mixed quickly in the food processor. If you run out of icing like I did and have to send your husband to the store for more, using decorative icing to bring the two icings together. Always have extra supplies on hand to make additional icing – butter, sugar, cocoa powder, and confectioners sugar.
My husband bought me a can of frosting which was not my first choice, but these were desperate times 3 hours before the party. The frosting can came with 4 tips. I used the leaf tip along the bottom of the cake and for the ribbon between the two layers. For the decorative white icing on the top layer I used a flower petal tip. I’m sure Wilton has tips that would match the types of tips that I used.
My final tip is: your cake doesn’t have to be fancy for your kids to love it. My 4 year old daughter walked in at one point, and told me I was a good mom when she saw the candy corn on the cake.
Other Birthday/Celebratory Cakes
- Duckie Cake
- Yule Log
- Christ the King cake
- Birthday Chocolate cake
- Birthday Vanilla cake
- Penguin Birthday Cake
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