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Credit: Linda Xiao

Recipe Summary

active:
30 mins
total:
2 hrs
Yield:
Makes 16 servings
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Ingredients

For the cake
For the frosting
For the cake topper

Directions

Make the cake
  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Butter three 8-in. round cake pans; line pan bottoms with parchment paper. Set aside. Whisk together flour, cornstarch, baking powder, and salt in a medium bowl; set aside.

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  • Beat sugar and butter in a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment on medium speed until fluffy, 3 to 4 minutes. Add egg whites 1 at a time, beating well after each addition. Reduce mixer speed to low, and beat in oil, vanilla, and almond extract to incorporate, 1 to 2 minutes.

  • With mixer running on low speed, add flour mixture to sugar mixture in 3 additions, alternating with 2 additions of milk, and beating until just combined after each addition. Gently fold in sprinkles using a rubber spatula and evenly distributing. Divide batter evenly among prepared cake pans.

  • Bake until a wooden pick inserted into centers of the layers comes out clean, 22 to 25 minutes. Let cool 10 minutes. Remove the layers from pans, and transfer to a wire rack. Let cool completely, about 1 hour.

Make the frosting
  • Beat butter in a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment on medium speed until smooth, about 1 minute. Reduce mixer speed to low; gradually add confectioners' sugar and beat until combined and smooth, 2 to 3 minutes. Increase mixer speed to medium; beat in milk, vanilla, almond extract, and salt until combined, 2 to 3 minutes.

Assemble the cake
  • Place 1 cake layer on a platter; spread top evenly with some of the frosting. Top with second cake layer; spread top evenly with some of the frosting. Top with remaining cake layer; spread top and sides of cake with remaining frosting.

Make the paper-chain cake topper
  • Cut 10 strips of paper in various colors about 1/4 in. wide and 1 in. long. Make a loop using 1 strip and secure with glue. Insert a paper strip in a different color into the loop and glue it to make an interconnected loop. Repeat 8 times. Adhere each end to a wooden skewer.

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