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11-Carton Cake

The word "carton" in the title refers to a 6-ounce yogurt carton, which is used to measure most of the ingredients in this easy-to-assemble cake. Just make sure to rinse and dry the carton before using it to measure out the dry ingredients.
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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 2 hr (includes cooling time)
  • Active: 20 min
  • Yield: 12 servings
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Ingredients

Cake:

Nonstick cooking spray, for the cake pan

One 6-ounce carton vanilla yogurt (reserve the carton for measuring other ingredients)

One 6-ounce carton vegetable oil 

One 6-ounce carton granulated sugar 

2 large eggs, at room temperature

Two 6-ounce cartons cake flour 

One 6-ounce carton unsweetened cocoa 

1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract 

1/2 teaspoon baking soda 

1/2 teaspoon baking powder 

One 6-ounce carton milk 

One 6-ounce carton mini semisweet chocolate chips 

Vanilla Buttercream Frosting:

Two 6-ounce cartons confectioners' sugar

1 1/2 sticks (12 tablespoons) salted butter, softened

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract 

One 6-ounce carton mini semisweet chocolate chips 

Directions

  1. For the cake: Position an oven rack in the middle of the oven and preheat to 350 degrees F. Spray a 10-inch round cake pan with a layer of nonstick cooking spray.
  2. To a large mixing bowl, add the yogurt, oil and granulated sugar (using the yogurt carton as the measure) and the eggs; beat together with a hand whisk until everything is incorporated and smooth, 1 to 2 minutes.
  3. Next, add the cake flour and cocoa using the carton as the measure, then the vanilla, baking soda and baking powder; beat together until incorporated, 1 to 2 minutes more. Add the milk and mini chocolate chips (using the carton) and mix until incorporated.
  4. Pour the batter into the prepared cake pan and bake until a cake tester inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean, 35 to 40 minutes. Let cool in the cake pan for 30 minutes, then remove the cake to a cooling rack and allow it to cool for another 30 minutes.
  5. For the vanilla buttercream frosting: Add the confectioners' sugar (measured in the carton), butter and vanilla to the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment and beat until smooth and creamy, 2 to 3 minutes. Spread over the top of the cooled cake in a thick layer and sprinkle with the mini chocolate chips (measure in the carton).