First things first: this recipe is a pain in the butt to make. However, in the end, in did turn out a delicious cake.
I followed the recipe, BUT:
I sifted the cake flour BEFORE measuring the amount required (per some reviews).
I tried to separate the eggs and beat the white separately (again, per some reviews), but that didn't go so well. So, instead I just beat the eggs (whites and yolks together) until a bit frothy, then added them bit by bit to the batter.
After adding the eggs, I turned off the hand mixer and stirred in remaining ingredients by hand.
I made a three-layer cake.
I frosted with cream cheese frosting.
Note: when I first tasted the cake after baking, the texture was a bit grainy--like the gelatin hadn't mixed in well enough. However, after refrigerating overnight (because of the cream cheese frosting), the cake texture was PERFECT.
Overall, the cake is moist, not too dense (despite some reader reviews), flavorful, and FUN because of the color. If you have enough time to devote to taking your time while making the cake, go for it. You won't be disappointed.
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