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tiger king themed tiger cake


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Prep Time: 105 minutes

Cook Time: 35 minutes

Total: 140 minutes

Servings: 12


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Step 1

Preheat the oven to 350°F and grease and flour 2 8-inch cake pans.  In a medium bowl, combine the flour, baking powder and salt.  Set aside.

Step 2

In a standing mixer, beat the butter and sugar until pale and fluffy, scraping down the sides and bottom of the bowl half way.  Add the vanilla and eggs, one at a time, mixing until fully incorporated.

Step 3

Working in batches, add the dry ingredients and milk a little at a time on low speed (think - dry, milk, dry, milk, dry) and increase the speed to medium as the ingredients combine.  Mix for 1 minute, scraping down the sides and bottom of the bowl when needed.

Step 4

Divide the batter in two batches to make your two different colors of batter (see notes.)

Step 5

For the orange batter.  add 1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon orange gel food dye or use red and yellow liquid food coloring until you achieve your desired shade of orange.

Step 6

For the chocolate batter. Add the remaining cocoa powder, sugar, and milk over medium speed until incorporated.

Step 7

Layer the batter in the pans. In the center of each pan, add a scoop of orange batter.  Directly on top of the orange batter, add a scoop of chocolate batter.  Repeat the process 2 to 3 times, then give the pan a little wiggleto spread the batter.  Repeat until all the batter is used.  Bake in a 350°F oven for 30 to 35 minutes.

Step 8

After baking, let the cakes cool in the pan for 5 minutes.  Run a knife around the sides and turn over onto a wire rack to finish cooling.  Cool completely before frosting.

Step 9

Prepare the buttercream. In a standing mixer, beat the butter until pale yellow and fluffy.  Reduce the speed to low and add the vanilla and salt.  Slowly add in the confectioners sugar 1 cup at a time so it doesn't splash up the sides.  Repeat the same process with the heavy cream.  Once incorporated, scrape down the sides and beat on medium speed until combined, about 30 to 60 seconds.

Step 10

Optional. Reserve 1 1/2 cups of the buttercream and mix in orange gel food dye for decorating.

Step 11

Assemble the cake. Spread a generous amount of buttercream on top of the first layer of cake.  Top with the other layer of cake and press down lightly.  Add the remaining buttercream on top of the final layer and spread over the top of the cake and down the sides.  Use the reserved orange buttercream for decorating.