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Upscale Grocery Store Cake/Icing Recipe?

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Upscale Grocery Store Cake/Icing Recipe?

hyacinthgirl | Mar 4, 2013 10:41 AM

I am the opposite of a baker. And yet for my father's birthday, I've decided I want to try to bake him a cake since he gushes about the memory of the cake and icing his mother used to make him. I figured if nothing else, the thought would appreciated.
When I asked him what kind he liked, he said "oh, just plain vanilla cake with chocolate icing or chocolate cake with vanilla icing." I probed a little further and ruled out cream cheese frostings or anything too creamy. It seems what he wants is basically a slightly nicer version of a grocery store cake.
Because I'm a baking novice, I have no idea how to replicate that! Most of the recipes for buttercream frostings seem more buttery than sugary and I think he's going for that sugar rush little kid icing.
Does anyone know any good recipes for this? I'm just not sure where to start!

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