Substitute more milk for coffee for a kid-friendly variation. To make ahead of time, gently place several toothpicks in top of iced cake, then loosely cover with plastic wrap, sealing to the edge of plate. Cake will keep well, covered, at room temperature, up to 2 days.
3 Steps to Perfection!
1. Even Layers
Cut uniform layers by placing toothpicks horizontally at each cake’s midpoint. Then use a long serrated knife to slice just above them.
2. Clean Stand
Place the first layer on a cake stand. Slide strips of parchment paper under the cake. Use lots of frosting in between layers.
3. Smooth & Swirly
Use a thin palette knife to create a swirly top. Drag the same knife along cake edges for smooth sides. Remove parchment strips.