I made this cake for my daughter's second birthday decorated as Diego (from Go, Diego, Go). I feel somewhat bad rating this having adjusted ingredients (50/50 butter/shortening, 3 tsp. vanilla, only 1 1/2 C. milk), but I must say that I think there might be several things that are contributing to a poor outcome for some people. My recipe was somewhat runny, so I omitted the last 1/4 C. of milk, but I live in a slightly higher altitude (problem?). It might also be because there is a large # of eggs in this that if they are not very well incorporated, and butter is used instead of shortening (or in part) and perhaps not creamed fully, that this may be causing the butter and eggs to separate in the cooking process, similar to a chess pie (which has similar ingredients), causing a different consistency and a strong egg smell. But mine turned out very well. I made it twice because I managed to break the first one handling it (the 1st was 9X13, the second was 2 9in round pans). The cake was slightly reminiscent of yankee cornbread in taste, but it's ingredients are similar, minus the cornmeal. Still, it was very tasty and very moist, but dense enough to be handled for decorating. I would recommend doing a crumb coat with the frosting and using baking/parchment paper to line the bottom of your pan. My family devoured the first ruined cake even without frosting.
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I made this cake for my daughter's second birthday decorated as Diego (from Go, Diego, Go). I...