We had a large neighborhood "birthday" party and I helped make the cakes. This is the recipe we used for the cakes, there was one of these cakes on each table as the center piece. The frosting is unusual with brown sugar! It is very tasty. And sweet. It is a very easy cake to put together. The sides of the cake are not frosted. You can see each cake layer and the frosting layer from the outsides of cake. In the cakes we made, we put 3 or 4 wooden kabob skewers down the center to hold the cakes in place. This is not a necessary step, just one to insure no sliding!!! Keep in fridge. Cooking time is for baking the cakes, making frosting and putting cake together. Cakes need to cool before cutting.