Believe it or not, signs of the Christmas season are already appearing in stores – and Labor Day is still several weeks away. Promos for Christmas recipe books are also arriving already, but I suppose that may be to ensure ample time is allowed for the consumer to order – and then receive – said book.
This recipe for candy-cane cake came in a promo for a Better Homes and Gardens Christmas cookbook, Christmas From the Heart. Save it so you will have it handy for the holidays.
- 2 ¼ cups sifted cake flour
- ½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ cup shortening
- 1 ½ cups granulated sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 2 eggs
- 2 ounces red food coloring (¼ cup)
- 1 cup buttermilk
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon vinegar
- Cream Cheese Frosting
- Crushed peppermint candy
- Preheat oven to 350°F.
- Grease and flour two 9 x 1½ - inch round baking pans.
- In a bowl, stir together flour, cocoa powder and salt. Set pans and flour mixture aside.
- Beat shortening with a mixer on medium speed in a large mixing bowl for about 30 seconds or until softened.
- Add sugar and vanilla to the shortening; beat until mixture is well combined.
- Add eggs, one at a time, beating on medium speed after each addition.
- Beat in the food coloring on low speed.
- Alternately add the flour mixture and the buttermilk, beating on low speed after each addition just until combined.
- Stir together baking soda and vinegar. Add to batter, mixing until combined.
- Pour into prepared pans. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes or until a wooden toothpick inserted near the center of cakes comes out clean.
- Cool cakes in pans for 10 minutes.
- Remove cake layers from the pans and completely cool on racks.
- Frost with Cream Cheese Frosting.
- Decorate top with crushed peppermint candy.
- Cover and store in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
Yields 12 servings
Cream Cheese Frosting Ingredients:
- 1 8 ounce package cream cheese, softened
- ½ cup butter, softened
- 2 teaspoons vanilla
- 5½ - 6 cups powdered sugar
- In a large mixing bowl, combine cream cheese, butter and vanilla.
- Beat with a mixer on medium speed until light and fluffy.
- Gradually beat in powdered sugar until frosting reaches a spreading consistency.