Two Layer Chocolate Cake with Buttercream Icing { Mickey Mouse Cake }

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

 Two Layer Chocolate Cake with Buttercream Icing }
Mickey Mouse Cake

Yesterday was my God-Daughter Kendra's 4th birthday. Her request for her party? A Mickey Mouse cake. Oh and not just a Mickey Mouse cake...a blue and green Mickey Mouse cake. ok.. hummm.

Mickey Mouse colors are black, red, yellow and white. Not blue and green. How do I do that?!

As I always say, I am NOT a cake decorator. I am awful at decorating cakes, they freak me out and usually make me cry. But every year when my God-Daughters declare what kind of cake they want for their birthdays, I do everything I can to make it happen. Which is so worth it when I see the looks on their faces!
Since I have no intentions of serving anyone a huge black cake ever (black icing is so so gross), I had to come up with a solution. I did regular buttercream with small black Mickey Mouse outlines and blue and green dots. She loved it. 
I've never made two layer cakes for a party. I normally do cupcakes, but since I wasn't doing a full-blowout-character cake I wanted a little extra something. I used my go to cake batter for cupcakes, and changed it a bit so that it was chocolate instead of regular vanilla. (Kendra wanted chocolate).
I must tell you this, I have tried two layer cakes with other batters and boxed cake mix alone and failed. But this cake batter made this cake a huge success. I will be using it for cakes from now on. 

(Printable Recipe Here)

Two Layer Chocolate Cake with Buttercream Icing
Mickey Mouse Cake

  • 1 box chocolate cake mix
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup coco powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 4 egg whites
  • 1 1/3 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 cup sour cream (8oz container)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

For Cake Icing:
  • 1 cup butter
  • 8 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 teapsoons vanilla
  • 4 tablespoons milk
(For Mickey Mouse Cake I used black, green and blue food coloring to color some of the icing and just piped the little mickey's and dots on)


For Cake:
Pre-heat oven to 350F.
 In a large bowl, mix together cake mix, flour, sugar, salt and coco powder. 
In the bowl of a mixer, mix together the egg whites, water, and vanilla. 
Mix on low for about 10 seconds. Slowly add the dry mix a little at a time. Mixing on low until everything is combined. 
Add sour cream and mix well. 
Spray cake tins with non-stick cooking spray.
Divide batter into two 8-inch cake pans.
Bake at 350F for 30 minutes. Remove from oven and cool.
For Cupcake Icing:
Cream butter in the bowl of a mixer.
Slowly add powdered sugar while mixing. 
Add vanilla and milk and mix until combined. 
Yield: Two 8-inch cakes (stacked on top of each other for the two-layer cake)