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This recipe is just what I needed to finish a chocolate cake that a friend wanted to celebrate his birthday. I baked a three layer chocolate cake with chocolate frosting, pulverized walnuts and unsweetened coconut between the layers and on top. I like these ingredients and prefer orange extract instead of vanilla because chocolate and orange are a perfect combination in my opinion. I needed a recipe for a small amount of frosting to write Happy Birthday and his name on top of the cake. I substituted orange extract for the vanilla extract in the recipe, and added a little tumeric, clementina zest, and maraschino cherry juice to give it a nice orange color. I wanted to make it a bit sweeter so I added a packet of stevia and a packet of orange drink mix, which turned out the way I hoped it would--nice. I think everyone (especially the birthday boy) will be pleased. I circled the cake with semi-sweet chocolate chips to trim the cake and emphasize the chocolate that he requested.

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wluckeroth December 30, 2012

This icing just didn't work. The icing was way too thick to be able to pipe it fluidly on the cake and it tasted like shortening - yuck. Wouldn't make this recipe again.

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periwinkle.honey January 28, 2013
Small Batch Icing- to Write on Cakes