Mardi Gras Party Cake
For the frosting use using sturdy buttercream. American of Italian buttercreams work the best. You'll need around 10 cups of frosting.
Serves: 1 7-layer 8-inch cake
For the Marti Gras Party Cake:
  • 1⅓ cup butterscotch chips
  • ⅓ cup water
  • 4 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons fine salt
  • 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 ½ cups granulated sugar
  • 1 cup (2 sticks, 8 ounces) unsalted butter, softened
  • ⅓ cup vegetable oil
  • 6 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 cup buttermilk, room temperature
  • ⅔ cup sour cream, room temperature
To make the Mardi Gras Party Cake:
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease four 8-inch pans with baking spray, set aside.
  2. Combine butterscotch chips and water in a small saucepan, place over medium heat, stirring often until chips melt. Remove from heat and let cool.
  3. In a large bowl, sift flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon together, set aside.
  4. Cream sugar, butter, and oil in a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment. Once smooth and lump free, add the eggs, one at a time at medium speed, beating well after each addition. Scrape the sides and bottom of the bowl down.
  5. In the meantime, whisk buttermilk, sour cream, and cooled butterscotch mixture together.
  6. With the mixer on low, add the dry mixture in 3 additions alternately with the wet mixture in two addition, beginning and ending with the dry mixture. Mix until flour just blends into the batter. Use a rubber spatula to give the batter a few stirs by hand.
  7. Divide the batter between all four pans. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, until cakes are springy and a toothpick inserted comes out with a few moist, not wet, crumbs.
  8. Cool in cake pans for 10 minutes before inverting onto a wire rack to cool completely. For easy cutting, chill cake layers in the refrigerator overnight wrapped tightly in plastic wrap.
To assemble the Mardi Gras Party Cake:
  1. Use a serrated knife to split each cake layer, you'll have 8 layers, but you'll only need 7 cake layers.
  2. Tint some of the frosting green, purple, and yellow. Frost each layer with a different color. Do a crumb coat with white frosting. Decorate with a confetti squiggle of frosting.
Cake recipe adapted from Pillsbury
Recipe by Layer Cake Parade at