I wanted to make something new over the weekend. We had friends coming over, and I like to experiment on cook something special for them. As I searched my bookmarked recipes for an Italian dish (which I did not find, so stay tuned next week for what I did instead), I came across a recipe for a Snickerdoodle cake from Scribbit.

Since my friends and I would be celebrating a birthday, a special cake (instead of my usual, go-to dessert, brownies from a box) seemed to be in order. Even though THIS recipe would require me to do something I’ve never done before: make a layer cake. With LAYERS.

I was nervous, not sure if I was up to the task. But then again, I have watched a few fancy cake shows on cable. It can’t be that hard…

And it wasn’t. Not being a layer-cake baker, I don’t even own round cake pans. So I bought a three-pack of foil pans and went to work. In the end I had a delicious, not-bad-looking layer cake that we all loved!

(Finally, I have a reason to get this gorgeous cake plate. I can show off serve a certain layer cake on it!)

Snickerdoodle Cake with Buttercream Frosting

1 package yellow cake mix
1 cup milk
1/4 cup butter, melted
1/2 cup applesauce
3 large eggs
1 tsp vanilla
2 tsp cinnamon

Frosting Ingredients:
1/2 cup butter
4 oz. cream cheese
3 1/4 cup powdered sugar
3 tbsp milk
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp cinnamon

Preheat oven to 350. Mix the cake ingredients and pour into three, greased round cake pans. Bake for 25 minutes (or until a toothpick stuck in the middle comes out clean). Let cool, while mixing the frosting ingredients. Turn layers out of the pans, then frost. Sprinkle a bit of cinnamon sugar on top. Refrigerate for an hour, then serve chilled. (You don’t have to serve a cold cake, but it was really good that way!)

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