This is so easy I am almost embarrassed to post it. But it is my most requested cake. Simple but elegant, it can be made as a layer cake or as a sheet cake. My sister in law, Amanda@imperfectlybeautiful.blogspot.com, said she wants it for her birthday this year.
1 White Cake Mix (Betty Crocker or Duncan Hines are best)
1 cup water
1/3 cup oil
1 tsp almond extract
Mix with an electric mixer two minutes on medium speed. Pour in grease and floured cake pan(s). Bake in 350 degree oven until done (30 minutes for sheet cake).
Cool and ice with the following icing
1/2 cup butter at room temperature
1/3 cup shortening
1 lb of powdered sugar (1 box)
2 tsps almond extract
1 - 2 tablespoons of water as necessary
Whip butter, shortening and almond extract together with mixer. Add powdered sugar one cup at a time. Add a tablespoon of water. Whip. If icing is too thick, add another tablespoon.
Ice the cake with decorative swirls.