This is a recipe that I have made twice. Once for Heather’s birthday almost 2 years ago, and last week for my brother’s birthday. Yum!! It was a hit both times! The recipe comes from “The Cake Mix Doctor” cookbook. I LOVE that cookbook. So much that getting it from the library wasn’t enough. I also got it from Santa last year. I love making birthday cakes!
Solid vegetable shortening, for greasing the pans
Flour for dusting the pans
1 pkg (18.25 oz) plain white cake mix
1 cup whole milk
8 tbsp. butter, melted
3 large eggs
1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
2 tsp. ground cinnamon
Cinnamon Buttercream Frosting (recipe follows – I make a double batch)
Place a rack in the center of the oven and preheat the oven to 350 F. Generously grease two 9″ round cake pans with solid vegetable shortening, then dust with flour. Shake out the excess flour. Set the pans aside.
Place the cake mix, milk, melted butter, eggs, vanilla, and cinnamon in large mixing bowl. Blend with an electric mixer on low speed for 1 minute. Stop the machine and scrape down the sides of the bowl with a rubber spatula. Increase the mixer speed to medium and beat 2 minutes more, scraping the sides down again if needed. The batter should look well combined. Divide the batter between the prepared pans, smoothing it out with the rubber spatula. Place the pans in the oven side by side.
Bake the cakes until they are golden brown and spring back when lightly pressed with your finger, 27-29 minutes. Remove the pans from the oven and place them on wire racks to cool for 10 minutes. Run a dinner knife around the edge of each layer and invert each onto a rack, then invert them again onto another rack so that the cakes are right side up. Allow them to cool completely, 30 minutes more.
Meanwhile, prepare the Frosting. Once cake is cool. Frost and eat!
Cinnamon Buttercream Frosting
8 tbsp butter, at room temperature
3 Â¾ cup confectionersâ€™ sugar, sifted
3-4 tbsp milk
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
1 tsp ground cinnamon
Place the butter in a large mixing bowl. Blend with an electric mixer on low speed until fluffy, 30 seconds. Stop the machine and add the powdered sugar, 3 tbsp milk, vanilla, and cinnamon. Blend with the mixer on low speed until the sugar is incorporated, 1 minute. Increase the speed to medium and beat until light and fluffy, 1 minute more. Blend in up to 1 tbsp milk if the frosting seems too stiff.