My son has requested a vanilla cake -- 3 tiers, no less -- for his birthday party. I'd love any suggestions. I found a chowhound thread on this already, but didn't understand one of the recommended recipes (http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/767923) and the yield wasn't big enough. I found a King Arthur Flour recipe that is "guaranteed," but a whole bunch of the comments said it was more bread-like than cake-like, so I'm hesitant. (http://www.kingarthurflour.com/recipe...) Any tried-and-true recipes that will make a 9", 8" and 6"? If a recipe makes two 8" cakes, should I increase by 50% in order to get enough batter?
Also, he wants mint frosting. Can I just make my usual butter-confectioners sugar-milk frosting and add some mint extract & green food coloring? A CHer suggested putting each tier on cardboard so they can be cut separately -- so my idea is to do 2 plain and one green. A Tintin figurine will grace the top!