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Vanilla Butter-Creme Chocolate Ganache Birthday Cake

12 cup butter, softened
12 cup vegetable shortening
2 cups sugar
4 eggs, separated
3 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
12 cup whole milk
13 cup buttermilk, plus
1 tablespoon buttermilk
14 cup heavy whipping cream
2 tablespoons vanilla
1 12 cups butter, softened
12 ounces cream cheese
1 cup unsalted butter
6 cups icing sugar
1 teaspoon imitation butter
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 teaspoons whipping cream (optional)
34 cup heavy whipping cream
5 (1 ounce) semi-sweet chocolate baking squares


Preheat oven to 350F. Grease and flour 3 (9 inch) cake pans. In a large bowl, beat butter and shortening at medium speed with an electric mixer until creamy. Add sugar, beating until fluffy. Add egg yolks, one at a time, beating well after each addition. In a medium bowl, combine flour and baking powder. In a small bowl, combine milk, buttermilk, cream and vanilla. Add flour mixture to butter mixture, alternately with milk mixture, beginning and ending with flour mixture, beating until just combined. In a medium bowl, beat egg whites at medium speed with an electric mixer until stiff. Gently fold egg whites into batter. Spoon batter evenly into prepared pans. Bake for 22-24 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center comes clean. Let cool in pans for 10 minutes. Remove from pans and cool completely on wire racks. Spread Vanilla Butter Creme in between layers and on top and sides of cake. Place cake in freezer for 30 minutes. Pour warm Ganache over top of cake letting it run down sides. For the Vanilla Butter Creme in a large bowl beat butters and cream cheese at medium speed with a electric mixer until creamy. Gradually beat in icing sugar until smooth. Beat in vanilla and Wilton's Butter flavor. In a medium bowl combine cream and chocolate. Microwave on high in 30 second intervals, stirring between each, until chocolate is melted and smooth (about 2 minutes). Make sure the chocolate is just a little warm. Carefully and gently spoon Ganache over top of the cake and allow to drip down the sides. Let cool for 10 minutes.

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