An unusual twist in preparation, you startwith making the frosting first!
Recipe: Starlight DoubleDelight Cake
Frosting: 2 (3-ounce) packages cream cheese, softened 1/2 cup butter or margarine, softened 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract 1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract 6 cups powdered sugar 1/4 cup hot water 4 ounces semisweet chocolate, meltedCake: 2 cups frosting, prepared as directed 1/4 cup butter or margarine, softened 3 large eggs 2 cups all-purpose flour 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda 1 teaspoon salt 3/4 cup milk
Heat oven to 350°F (175°C). Greaseand flour two 9-inch round cake pans.
In large bowl, combine cream cheese, 1/2cup butter, vanilla and peppermint extract; blend until smooth.Add powdered sugar alternately with hot water, beating untilsmooth. Blend in chocolate. Keep covered with plastic wrap.
In another large bowl, combine 2 cupsof the frosting mixture and 1/4 cup butter; blend well. Beatin eggs 1 at a time, beating well after each addition.
Add flour, baking soda, salt and milk;beat until smooth. Pour batter evenly into prepared pans.
Bake for 30 to 40 minutes or until woodenpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 5 minutes on wirerack; remove from pans. Cool completely.
To assemble cake, place 1 layer, top sidedown, on serving plate; spread with about 1/4 of remaining frosting.Top with second layer, top side up. Spread sides and top of cakewith remaining frosting. Store in refrigerator.
Makes 12 servings.
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