Square Dance Party Cake

Square Dance Party Cake

Square Dance Party Cake
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This recipe for Square Dance Party Cake was originally on a Dexo ad years and years ago. This brand of shortening no longer exists, so the recipe has been updated. If you haven't guessed already, this square dance cake is so named because if you cut the cake in half, you'll see four different squares on the inside. To achieve this, separate the batter in half and put yellow food coloring in one half and red food coloring in the other. Square dances may not be as common anymore, but this cake will be welcomed at any party.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 2 cups sifted cake flour
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/3 cup sugar
  • 7 ounces milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 eggs
  • Red and yellow food coloring
  • 1 Container of white frosting
  • 5 miniature chocolate bars

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour two 8-inch square baking pans. Place pans on a large cookie sheet and set aside.

  2. Measure shortening into large mixing bowl. In a medium bowl, combine sifted cake flour, baking powder, salt, and sugar. Sift dry mixture over the shortening in the mixing bowl.

  3. Add vanilla to the milk. Add 2/3 of the milk mixture to the mixing bowl over the dry ingredients. Turn mixer on low until combined; increase speed to medium-high and beat 1 minute. Add eggs and remaining milk mixture and beat 3 minutes more.

  4. Add vanilla to the milk. Add 2/3 of the milk mixture to the mixing bowl over the dry ingredients. Turn mixer on low until combined; increase speed to medium-high and beat 1 minute. Add eggs and remaining milk mixture and beat 3 minutes more.

  5. Bake for 30 minutes.

  6. Remove to wire racks to cool completely. When cool, cut each layer in half. Arrange alternate colors to form squares. Use butter frosting between layers, halves, sides and top.

  7. Cut chocolate bars into squares and dot on top of the cake.

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This is cute. I don't know that I would use yellow and red food coloring together. Not my favorite color combination. You could put together the colors you want. You could probably cut in into thirds or fourth and go extra fancy if you want. This is a neat idea!

This cake looks really fun to make and I bet you can do many different things with this concept. Right off looking at the picture I thought how cute would it be to use the miniature candy bars as a doorway into the cake...kinda like a non-gingerbread house. Also, how about a Christmas version...red white cake squares in a candy cane theme with crushed candy canes sprinkled on top of a fluffy snow looking frosting.

The recipe doesn't say when and how much food coloring to add.

Who doesn't square dance anymore. My husband and I have belonged to a local square dance club for over 30 years now. It's a fun activity and great exercise. And good food is always a part of the dance.

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