My sister was kind enough to invite us to Thanksgiving dinner at her house. She also had a dead turkey and part of a dead pig on the table. Bleech!
I made some vegan cakes to take. I bought a cake-leveler for $3 and wanted to try it out. I had white cake mix in the pantry and I bought some vanilla icing. I also purchased German Chocolate cake mix and coconut-icing. Yum!
I am seriously deficient in cake pans (because I'm the cupcake-queen!) so I decided to use a round pie pan and a square pan.
I oiled the pan and then used cake mix to flour the pan. It doesn't make a difference with white cakes, but it's an important step with other colors. If you use the cake mix, you don't have white flour on the crust of the cake!
I mixed the batter by hand (because I have no other way of doing it!). I used a tablespoon of soy flour to replace the egg whites in the recipe and used a little more water. I poured half of the batter in the square dish and half in the round one. I baked according to directions.
After they baked, I started making the German Chocolate cupcakes. No real secret here, except I used the soy flour instead of eggs with them too. I also use olive oil because I've heard rumors that it is better for you than vegetable oils. I was afraid that they would have a weird taste, but they were fabulous!
I cut the round cake in half and set them with the square cake as shown in the picture.
After I leveled them, I put the icing in the microwave for 30 seconds and mixed it really well and iced the cake. I did get some crumbs in the icing, so it wasn't as pretty as I wanted it to be!
I still need practice with icing! The cupcakes were much more forgiving!!