chocolate cake or other cake of your choice (make 2 9×13 cakes)
chocolate frosting (1-1/2 batches, no shortening or with shortening, see below) *We only use shortening when the weather is really hot and humid.
vanilla frosting (no shortening, make 2 batches) OR vanilla frosting (with shortening, make 2 batches) *Again, we only use shortening when the weather is really hot and humid.
no-taste red frosting gel color
yellow frosting gel color
black frosting gel color
1 cup mini marshmallows, packed well
1 tablespoon water
1-1/2 cups confectioners sugar
1/2 cup (1/2 stick/195 g) trans fat free shortening
8 tablespoons (1 stick/113 g) unsalted butter, softened
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 ounces (85 g) Ghirardelli 100% cacao baking squares, melted, or 3/4 cup (82 g) cocoa powder, sifted
16 ounces (454 g) confectioners sugar, sifted
2 to 4 tablespoons cold milk (Amount depends on humidity and whether you chose the melted chocolate or cocoa powder.
8 ounces (227 g) semi-sweet or dark chocolate, melted
pinch of salt
2-1/2 sticks (20 tablespoons/283 g) unsalted butter, softened
2 cups (260 g) confectioners sugar
2 tablespoons cocoa powder