Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Colorful Easter Layered Cake


Need a dessert to serve at your Easter Brunch or Egg Hunt? Try making this colorful and easy cake from the Picky Palate. Kids will love the colors, adults will love the taste & creativity, and you will love the simplicity.

Colorful Easter Egg Layered Cake

1 Box White or Yellow Cake Mix

1/2 Cup vegetable oil

1/2 Cup water

8 oz sour cream or plain yogurt

4 eggs

1 small box instant vanilla pudding mix

Food Coloring or Decorating Paste (red, yellow, blue green)


Frosting

2 8oz pkgs softened cream cheese

2 sticks softened butter

2 lbs powdered sugar

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a stand or electric mixer, mix the cake mix, oil, water, sour cream, eggs and pudding mix until well combined; about 1 1/2 minutes. Divide batter evenly into 4 bowls. Add very little food coloring or paste to each bowl to create a pastel color of your choice. Once mixed, pour each colored batter into well greased 9 inch cake pans (4 total). Bake for 15-17 minutes or until cakes are cooked through. Cakes will be thin.

2. Once cooled completely, remove from pans and stack on top of each other in the color patter you would like. Take a long sharp knife and cut an egg shape, see pics above. Once cut, place each individual layer of cake onto wax paper.

3. To prepare frosting, beat cream cheese and butter until well combined. Slowly beat in powdered sugar until desired consistency. Place first layer of cake onto a cake stand. Spread frosting over top layer then place second layer of cake on top and continue this pattern until all layers are frosted. Frost top and sides once layers are frosted.

4. Cut into slices and serve with milk

10-12 servings


For more photos and details please visit the Picky Plate. Thank you Jenny for letting me share this recipe!

The only change that I would make to the recipe would be to skip the egg-shape cutting portion and just keep the shape of a normal cake. Instead I would spend time decorating the top with frosting, candies and sprinkles. Better yet let your kids do this part, they will LOVE the involvement!


(Thanks Patsy for passing this along!)

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