First I must say that this cake is delicious. It is VERY heavy though. I had one piece & I was stuffed! It's not a quick thing to whip up though. The prep wasn't too hard (though the batter was extremely thick & hard to beat), but during the baking let's say I was very worried. The recipe says it takes 35 minutes to bake. I don't what kind of oven the OP was using, but it's a lot better than mine obviously. I checked it at 35 minutes and the cake was the consistency of soup. It took about 55 minutes before it was done and during that time the middle collapsed. Since this was for a birthday party, I was a little freaked out. My husband suggested I put a cut off ice cream cone in the middle to support it then turn it over. This worked like a charm. The only problem was I had a very hard time getting it out of the pan. I used a non-stick spring form pan that I pam'ed the heck out of. With a knife & a lot of force I did manage to get it out in mostly one piece. I didn't think it would look good, but after some repair work w/store bought frosting & decorations, it looked pretty good. My daughter was thrilled with it & everybody enjoyed it. Next time I make it, I try using powdered sugar like others have suggested & I'll try out the original icing recipe. Overall, good cake, but not for a beginner or faint of heart (or anyone on a diet---consider it blown LOL).
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First I must say that this cake is delicious. It is VERY heavy though. I had one piece & I...