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Black Midnight Cake

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Into a mixing bowl add the following:

2 cups sugar
2 cups flour
1 tsp. baking powder
2 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
3/4 cup cocoa
Give this dry mixture a whirl with the beaters to blend it. Then add the following:
1 cup milk
2 eggs, beaten
1 cup coffee
1/2 cup canola oil
1 tsp. vanilla

Beat this mixture gently until it is smooth and there are no lumps. It must be well mixed. This batter is rather thin. Pour into cake pans or a cupcake pan with paper cupcake liners.

Bake at 350 degrees for: 8" X 11" pan - 45 minutes; cupcakes - 23 minutes; 2 layer cake pans - 35 minutes.

We often make 2 round layer cakes and ice them with the following delicious icing. This recipe makes enough to layer the cakes one on top of the other, with the icing in between and on the top and sides of the cake.

Creamy Frosting

2 cups granulated white sugar
1 cup. butter
1 cup. shortening or margarine
3 tsp. vanilla
6 tbsp. flour
1 cup milk

Blend all of this together and then beat on high for 15 to 20 minutes. You will know that it is done when it is smooth and fluffy. Spread between the layers of cake and then on the top and sides of the cake. This makes an impressive layer cake which will keep for days. This icing is soft so the cake must be refrigerated to harden. Decorate for special occasions.

Now let's kick this up a notch!

This is the recipe for "A Grand Cake". It is a spectacular cake to make for birthdays and other special occasions. It is very easy to make - just follow the directions.

Grand Marnier Icing

3/4 cup frozen orange juice concentrate
3/4 cup white sugar
1 tbsp. gelatin (1 package)
coarsely grated fresh orange peel - about 3 tbsp.
1/4 cup Grand Marnier or orange juice
2 cups whipping cream
1/2 cup icing sugar

To make the filling: Combine juice, sugar and gelatin in a heavy saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until sugar and gelatin are dissolved.(about 5 minutes). Remove from heat and stir in orange peel and Grand Marnier. Place pan in a larger pan of ice and water for 15 - 20 minutes. It should get thicker, like syrup and be cooler. Whip cream until soft peaks form. Gradually add icing sugar a bit at a time. Beat until stiff. Then gradually fold in cooled Grand Marnier mixture. Blend well.

To assemble cakes: Cut each cake in half horizontally, to make 4 layers Sprinkle each layer with 1 tbsp. Grand Marnier or orange juice. Place 1 layer of cake, cut side up, on cake plate. Spread some of the filling on top. Top with another layer, then top with filling and continue until all 4 layers are used up. Top last layer with what is left of the filling. Let it drizzle down the sides of the cake. Refrigerate immediately and let sit for at least 4 hours or over night to blend flavours.

You will get rave reviews for this cake and it will become a family favourite for birthdays!

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