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X Is for Xtra Special Celebration Cake

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  • 3 cup flour
  • 2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup cocoa
  • 2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 2/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 tsp. vinegar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 2 cup cold water
  • 1 tub ready to spread frosting (any flavor)
  • pastel mint wafers, flattened gum drops, or fruit gems
  • shoestring licorice


Heat oven to 350 degrees F.

Grease 2 round pans, 9 x 1 1/2 inches, dust with flour.

Mix flour, salt, cocoa, baking soda and salt in large bowl.

Mix oil, vinegar and vanilla. Stir oil mixture and water into flour mixture real hard until well blended. About 1 minute.


Immediately pour batter into pans, dividing evenly.

Bake until toothpick inserted into center comes out clean, about 35 minutes. Let cool 10 minutes.

Remove from pans. Fill and frost cake as directed on frosting tub. Arrange candies as "balloons" on top of cake, use licorice to make balloon strings

By imaqt1962

Adapted From The Alpha Bakery Children's Cookbook. This is a cookbook for children with recipes from a-z published by General Mills/Betty Crocker in 1991.


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October 28, 20160 found this helpful

Thanks so much for posting this. Xtra Special Celebration Cake has been my go to birthday cake but I lost the little kids cookbook in our last move. You saved me!

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