Single Layer Birthday Cake

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 1 hr 12 min
  • Prep: 20 min
  • Inactive: 20 min
  • Cook: 32 min
  • Yield: 2 single-layer cakes
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1 (18.25-ounce) box chocolate cake mix (recommended: Betty Crocker)

1/3 cup vegetable oil

2 eggs

2 1/2 teaspoons almond extract, divided

1/2 cup white cranberry juice

1 (16-ounce) can white frosting or 1 (16-ounce) can chocolate frosting

Colorful jimmies


  1. 2 old fashioned glass soda bottles, 1 cola, 1 lemon-lime
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly spray 2 (8-inch) round baking pans with baking spray; set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, combine cake mix, oil, eggs, 1 1/2 teaspoons extract and white cranberry juice. Use an electric mixer to beat cake batter on low speed for 30 seconds. Scrape down sides of bowl and beat for 2 minutes on medium speed.
  4. Divide batter evenly into prepared pans. Bake in preheated oven for 32 to 35 minutes, or until tester comes away clean.
  5. Let cakes cool completely. Use a cookie cutter or water glass to cut out a circle to fit the soda bottle - it will nest into cake.
  6. Add remaining 1 teaspoon extract to frosting and stir thoroughly. Frost entire cake. Sprinkle with colorful jimmies. Insert soda bottle into hole and serve.
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