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The flavor and texture of this cake was great. I followed the suggestion in the recipe intro to use 2 cake pans, which took 30 minutes in my oven to bake. I will be adding this to my list of really good cakes to make again. The icing with this recipe is fairly soft and is not decorator icing at all, so if you want to decorate your cake, you might want to just make half the icing to use as a filling (it is tasty) and then make a more standard fondant or buttercream icing for decorating. Since I could not find individual bottles of blue liquid food coloring, I used one tiny bottle of liquid blue food coloring (.25 ounce) and a hearty squirt of blue coloring paste (perhaps 1/8- 1/4 tsp).
I used 2 small bottles of neon blue and 2 bottles of neon purple food coloring for my cake. I also left out the coconut and pecans from the frosting as suggested by Laura70. It came out super moist and absolutley delicious!!
This cake was very moist and was rated highly by those taste testing - did not use the icing recipe, I find cream cheese icing to be to "loose" and my cakes go slip sliding away unless it is a one layer cake...I use crisco or butter crisco...icing is not sickly sweet and is stiffer and the cake stays better.
FANTASTIC!!! This is an excellent recipe, and my family really loves it. I followed the suggestion and used two cake pans instead of three. I did make a couple of other changes on my own. First, my daughter's favorite color is teal. So I went for a teal cake (aqua velvet - LOL) using 3 parts blue and 1 part green food coloring and added a little water. It came out a great color. Second, I split the icing up: 1/3 with coconut, the remaining 2/3 without. The coconut version was the filling between cake layers, and the plain was the icing. I saw in other reviews that the icing ran down the sides of the cake a bit. Mine did that, but I put it in the refrigerator immediately. In about 15 minutes it was set and beautiful. I will definitely make this again, and I may play around with the color again too! Thank you for posting this. :)
Thanks Laura for posting, It was good and will go in my cookbook. THANK YOU!! I can do the happy food dance!! NOW !! Everyone I've made this for has asked for the recipe. Grpa
This recipe really came to my rescue. It's my DGSs 10th b-day and wanted something a little differant. His favorite color is blue, and he'd just gotten a new puppy for his b-day. So this "blue" cake was just what was needed. Wanted a towering cake so used Cake Mix Extender and wanted a special filling so used Simple Cake Filling both were awesome and really added to the cake. Also wanted to place a picture of him and puppy on top so used a fondant frosting instead of the one that comes with it. It was just what we were looking for and he was so pleased which made me one VERY proud Nanna. The taste of the cake was very good and it went together easy. It sure uses a lot of food coloring but so worth it. Thanks Laura for posting.
Very good cake! We used only 2 bottles of food coloring (the small .25 oz ones) and used the rest water and it was plenty of coloring! very moist and delicious, and we did not use nuts or coconut. Made this for super bowl sunday and it was a hit :) oh yeah and we had to make the icing pink for the 5 year old, it was a very colorful cake!