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We live at least two hours away from most of our family, so I always volunteer to bring a dessert for holiday parties. Desserts travel well and allow for a little creativity! I first made this easy, colorful layer cake for Easter several years ago when we hosted my parents. It was our first time hosting a holiday party and I wanted to prepare a delicious meal that I could easily pull together. It was a bonus if it looked like I spent a lot of time on it. Shhh…don’t tell anyone that you made this with cake mix from a box!
The key to this recipe is a White Cake Mix. You will just follow the instructions on the box! Note: if you are serving a crowd, double this recipe for higher layers in your cake. I substituted applesauce for the oil called for on the box to make this recipe a little healthier. When it comes to healthy substitutions, what my kids don’t know won’t hurt them!
Mix the batter according to the directions on the box. Separate into four containers and add your colors. I used neon food coloring to make apricot, raspberry, candy apple green and turquoise layers. Grease and flour your pans. I tend to go overboard here because I’m afraid the layers won’t release! You may need to borrow some cake pans from a friend, or just set half of the cake batter aside to cook later. Then pour and bake!
I made the cream cheese frosting while my cake layers were in the oven. Yes, I cheated on buttercream frosting. It was worth it! If you’re not a master cake froster, you may want to double this recipe so that you will have more than enough frosting to cover any mistakes! The complete recipe is below.
Add a dollop of frosting to the middle of your cake plate to keep your cake in place. Then add and frost each layer.
Finally, frost the top and sides of your cake. Top with some colorful Easter Peeps or your favorite Easter candy! Which candy would you put on top of your cake?
Cream Cheese Frosting
4 oz cream cheese, softened
1 stick butter, softened
2 cups powdered sugar
1 tsp vanilla
Add butter, cream cheese and vanilla. Slowly add powdered sugar while mixing. Mix until the frosting is a fluffy, whipped texture.