Monday, April 27, 2009

Donna's Cake

This is a recipe that is a family favorite for I don't even remember how long. We always rotated homes for the holidays. My brother and sister are quite a bit older so they were out on their own with their own families as I was growing up. So whenever my sister hosted a holiday meal this cake was ALWAYS served!! I love it, it's one of my favorites. It is time consuming so plan for a while to make it. It's best if you let it sit for a while and not serve it right away. But I warn you, a little goes A LONG way. It's very sweet, but soooo worth it!

Donna's 10 Layer Cake

2 boxes plus pudding cake mix (any flavor you like-my sister uses yellow, I used 1 yellow and 1 devil's food since that's what I happened to have on hand)
8 eggs
2C water
2/3 C veggie oil

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix above ingredients together. If using 2 different cake mixes, mix separate of course and just half the rest of the ingredients per cake mix). Grease and flour cake pans (I used 9in round-I have 4 of them and kept them in rotation). Pour enough of the batter to cover the bottom (about 3 serving spoons full). The layers will be thin. Place 2 pans at a time in oven and bake about 8 minutes. Cool completely and keep going until you have all the layers. Sometimes you'll get more layers and sometimes you make get less. Just depends on how heavy your pour is when adding batter to the pans. The more layers, the more dramatic a presentation.

While layers are cooling make frosting (if you want it to completely cover the cake you'll need to double this):

3C sugar
2/3C baking cocoa
pinch salt
1 1/2C evaporated milk
4 tbsp margarine
1 tsp vanilla

Place sugar and coca and salt in a saucepan over medium heat. Add milk gradually, stirring so the mixture won't become lumpy. Keep at medium heat until the chocolate begins to boil. Add margarine and vanilla. Mix will. Keep on low until all the layers are baked, stirring occasionally as you ice the cake.
spoon a little of the icing between each of the layers, the cake will soak in some of it.

just keep staking and icing layers

2 of the kiddos really enjoyed licking the bowls!

since I used 2 different mixes, I just alternated the flavors.

once caked is completely stacked pour the rest of the frosting over the cake (the frosting will harden slightly-so don't eat it right away), let it drip down the sides. I did not double the frosting recipe so it didn't completely cover the cake. You can choose the double it or keep it as is.

the inside presentation. Yummy!!!!

(ignore the snowflake plate-it's the only one I had that was big enough!)



teresa said...

Yum yum yummy! This looks amazing!

Elyse said...

Wow! What a cake. It's magnificent. All of those wonderful layers. AMAZING!! I can't wait to have some fun with this one. The opportunities are endless. (I'm with your kiddos, too: I love licking the icing bowls.) Love your blog!!

MaryBeth said...

The kids look great, I love that you used 2 kinds of cake with this one. Sorry for the delay with getting your cookbook in the mail, but work has been very busy this week and getting home late. We will get it in the mail to you this Saturday.

Melody said...

Very impressive and worth the time involved I'm sure!

Leslie said...

OMG OMG OMG..That is one HUGE CAKE! I love it!!!

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