Monday was my Mom's 60th Birthday, so last weekend I traveled to Wisconsin to celebrate with her. As I was growing up, cakes were my thing. I have made tons of cakes in my past for every occasion you can think of. Many were made from the commercial Wilton pans that came in a variety of shapes and characters. I started to get burnt out.... mixing 10 different colors of icing..... washing the tiny frosting tips....... So I don't really make them anymore. But I do still love special desserts. So now, I try to find recipes that have that "wow" factor, but are fairly easy.
I knew I wanted to make a layer cake because I was planning on using my Grandma's glass cake pedestal and the rhinestone "60" cake topper that I had made 5 years ago for my Grandparent's 60th Wedding Anniversary cake. So I did a search on Pinterest for layer cakes and I found this 14 layer cake! There are many variations of the recipe, and for ease I choose to do the one that uses a box cake mix. Although you add a different ratio of things to it rather than follow the box, as well as the addition of pudding mix.
The night before my travels, I set out to bake the cake layers. This required 2 batches of the cake mix and I used the disposable tin pie pans that was suggested (lined with parchment paper for easy release). The recipe called for 1/2 cup of batter in each pan. This seemed like too little to me. So I added another 1/2 cup so each one had a full cup. My layers were thicker then, and I ended up with 10 rather than 14. I was okay with this. I wrapped up each layer individually for the trip.
Once I was at my parents, I assembled the cake. I did make 2 batches of a homemade chocolate frosting (yum). It worked out perfectly. Before frosting the entire tower, I secured the layers by pushing 4 skewers through them all.
Here it is completed, with a dotted frosting border and the topper in place.