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Starlight Double-Delight Cake (D, TNT)
Source: Pillsbury Best of the Bake-Off
Serves: 12 or more

6 ounces cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract
6 cups powdered sugar
1/4 cup hot water
4 ounces semisweet chocolate, melted

2 cups frosting, prepared as directed
1/4 cup butter, softened
3 eggs
2 cups flour
1-1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup milk

Heat oven to 350°F. Grease and flour two 9" round cake pans.

In a large bowl, combine cream cheese, 1/2 cup butter, vanilla and peppermint extracts; blend until smooth. Add powdered sugar alternately with hot water, beating until smooth. Blend in chocolate.

In another large bowl, combine 2 cups of the frosting mixture and 1/4 cup butter; blend well. Beat in eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.

Lightly spoon flour into measuring cup; level off. Add flour, baking soda, salt and milk; beat until smooth.

Pour batter evenly into greased and floured pans.

Bake for 30 to 40 minutes or until toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool 5 minutes; remove from pans. Cool completely.

To assemble cake, place one layer, top side down, on serving plate; spread with about 1/4 of frosting. Top with second layer, top side up. Spread sides and top of cake with remaining frosting. Store in refrigerator.

Poster's Notes: This is a great cake if you're a chocolate lover, and don't mind a milchig cake. It won first prize in one of the Pillsbury bake-offs many years ago. The frosting is prepared first, and part of it is used in the cake batter.

Posted by Annice Grinberg, Z'L

Nutritional Info Per Serving: 532 Calories (kcal); 21g Total Fat; (34% calories from fat); 6g Protein; 83g Carbohydrate; 95mg Cholesterol; 517mg Sodium Food Exchanges: 1 Grain(Starch); 1/2 Lean Meat; 0 Vegetable; 0 Fruit; 4 Fat; 4-1/2 Other Carbohydrates