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STEPS
INGREDIENTS
Here are all if the cake ingredients! Set oven to 350 F

Here are all if the cake ingredients! Set oven to 350 F

Use the paddle attachment

Use the paddle attachment

Put all dry ingredients (including sugar) into the mixer.  Mix to combine

Put all dry ingredients (including sugar) into the mixer. Mix to combine

With the mixer on low, slowly add the softened butter.  Once the mixture looks like this, add the milk in a slow, steady stream.

With the mixer on low, slowly add the softened butter. Once the mixture looks like this, add the milk in a slow, steady stream.

All the milk has been incorporated.  Now add the eggs and vanilla, one at a time.

All the milk has been incorporated. Now add the eggs and vanilla, one at a time.

Now the cake batter is done!

Now the cake batter is done!

Grease and line with wax paper.  (I used two 8 in pans)

Grease and line with wax paper. (I used two 8 in pans)

Use an ice cream scoop to ensure that there is an even amount of cake in each pan

Use an ice cream scoop to ensure that there is an even amount of cake in each pan

Now spread batter around

Now spread batter around

All spread, now tap pans lightly to even out the batter

All spread, now tap pans lightly to even out the batter

Ready to bake! The cakes bake for 30-35 minutes.  Mine only took 30 minutes, use a tooth pick to check if  they are done

Ready to bake! The cakes bake for 30-35 minutes. Mine only took 30 minutes, use a tooth pick to check if they are done

The cake is done, let cool in the pans for about ten minutes.  Then use a butter knife to loosen the sides and turn out into cooling rack.

The cake is done, let cool in the pans for about ten minutes. Then use a butter knife to loosen the sides and turn out into cooling rack.

Perfect! The wax paper has to come off now

Perfect! The wax paper has to come off now

There we go! Now let the cakes cool completely.  Make the buttercream while waiting

There we go! Now let the cakes cool completely. Make the buttercream while waiting

Here are all the ingredients for the buttercream

Here are all the ingredients for the buttercream

Use the whisk attachment for this part

Use the whisk attachment for this part

Cream softened butter first

Cream softened butter first

Then add about 4 cups of the icing sugar and mix on LOW until crumbs form and then add vanilla

Then add about 4 cups of the icing sugar and mix on LOW until crumbs form and then add vanilla

Here is what it looks like with the vanilla added, don't forget to scrape the sides

Here is what it looks like with the vanilla added, don't forget to scrape the sides

Add about 3 tablespoons of milk

Add about 3 tablespoons of milk

Now add the remaining sugar and then more milk until lightened in color and your preferred thickness for buttercream

Now add the remaining sugar and then more milk until lightened in color and your preferred thickness for buttercream

Great! Now separate into three bowls leaving about half a cup in the mixer (should have four portions, three of equal size and the fourth smaller)

Great! Now separate into three bowls leaving about half a cup in the mixer (should have four portions, three of equal size and the fourth smaller)

Color the first bowl with a bit of the food color, the second with more food coloring and the third with the most food coloring so you have three shades of the same color

Color the first bowl with a bit of the food color, the second with more food coloring and the third with the most food coloring so you have three shades of the same color

Now that you have three colors, fill piping bags with a round tip

Now that you have three colors, fill piping bags with a round tip

Cut the tops off of the cakes to level them

Cut the tops off of the cakes to level them

Place a cake base on a cake table

Place a cake base on a cake table

Place a small amount of the uncolored icing on the base so the cake will stick

Place a small amount of the uncolored icing on the base so the cake will stick

Ice the top of the first cake and then place the second layer on top

Ice the top of the first cake and then place the second layer on top

Now crumb coat the cake starting with the top and then working your way around the sides

Now crumb coat the cake starting with the top and then working your way around the sides

All done! Now stick in the fridge for about half an hour to harden the crumb coat

All done! Now stick in the fridge for about half an hour to harden the crumb coat

Here is the icing in the piping bags

Here is the icing in the piping bags

This is the size tip you should use

This is the size tip you should use

Pipe two dots of each color, starting with the lightest color, in a straight line up the cake

Pipe two dots of each color, starting with the lightest color, in a straight line up the cake

Use a small un-serrated knife to pull the dots across the cake a bit (make sure to wipe off the knife after each pass)

Use a small un-serrated knife to pull the dots across the cake a bit (make sure to wipe off the knife after each pass)

Like so, now pipe another row of dots except move everything up one dot

Like so, now pipe another row of dots except move everything up one dot

As you can see, by doing this each time you start a new row, it will create a diagonal progression of the dots

As you can see, by doing this each time you start a new row, it will create a diagonal progression of the dots

This is what the rows will look like

This is what the rows will look like

For the top, just pipe three circles of each color using the same pulling technique with the knife

For the top, just pipe three circles of each color using the same pulling technique with the knife

Here is the finished product! Enjoy!

  • ****for the cake****
  • 2.0c Flour
  • 1.0c Granulated sugar
  • 3.0tsp Baking powder
  • 1.0tsp Vanilla extract
  • 2.0 Eggs
  • 0.0c Butter
  • 1.0c Milk
  • 0.0tsp Salt
  • ****for the icing****
  • 6.0c Icing sugar
  • 1.0c Butter
  • 4.0tsp Vanilla extract
  • 8.0Tbsp Milk
  • Food coloring