From The Cake Mix Doctor (ISBN 0-7611-1719-9)

Ingredients

Cake

Solid vegetable shortening for greasing the pans
Flour for dusting the pans
1 package plain white cake mix
1 cup whole milk (I’ve used skim milk with no problems)
8 tablespoons (1 stick) butter, melted
3 large eggs
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

Frosting

8 tablespoons (1 stick) butter, at room temperature
3 3/4 cups confectioners’ sugar, sifted
3 to 4 tablespoons milk
1 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Procedure

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Grease two 9-inch round cake pans or one 13×9-inch rectangle pan, then dust with flour.
  3. Place cake mix, milk, melted butter, eggs, vanilla, and cinnamon in a large mixing bowl. Blend with an electric mixer on low speed for 1 minute. With a spatula, scrape down the sides of the bowl. Beat for 2 more minutes on medium speed. Pour batter into the pans. Smooth batter with a rubber spatula. Place pans in the oven side-by-side.
  4. Bake until the cakes are golden brown and spring back when lightly touched, 27-29 minutes for round pans or 30-32 minutes for a 13×9 pan.
  5. Remove pans from the oven and cool on wire racks for 10 minutes. For round pans, run a dinner knife around the edge of each layer and invert each onto a rack, then invert again onto another rack so that the cakes are right side up. Allow cakes to cool completely, 30 minutes more.
  6. To prepare the frosting, place butter in a large mixing bowl. Blend with an electric mixer on low speed until fluffy, 30 seconds. Add confectioners’ sugar, 3 tablespoons milk, vanilla, and cinnamon. Blend at low speed until the sugar is incorporated, 1 minute. Increase speed to medium and beat until light and fluffy, 1 minute more. If frosting seems too stiff, blend in an additional tablespoon of milk.
  7. Frost cake. If using round layers, place one cake layer right side up on a serving platter. Spread the top with frosting. Place second layer right side up on top of the first layer and frost the top and sides of the cake.

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