Dancing With The Stars ~ Dream Dessert

The time has officially come to kick off another season (16) of Dancing With The Stars.

Duncan Hines_Betty Crocker Whipped Frosting_Wilton SprinklesEver sense the show debut in 2005 my mother-in-law and her best friend (who is also her neighbor) have been getting together on Monday nights to watch the stars and professional dancers do their thing.  The Monday night ritual has evolved into a dessert bringing, score sheet keeping event.  The daughters join in when they can and each week someone is responsible for the dessert.

I offered to bring the dessert to kick off Season 16.  It was a, “fly by the seat of my pants” decision so I went to the cupboard to see what I had on hand.  I found one lone boxed cake mix.  For the frosting I was hoping to try the new Cool Whip Frosting I keep seeing advertised.  Our local grocery store did not have it in yet so I went with the ol’ standby Cream Cheese Frosting.  Again, no time to make it from scratch so there you go.  After the cake had cooled and the frosting was on, I felt it still needed a little somethin’ somethin’
to jazz it up.  I was so happy to find that I had Sparkling Sugar Sprinkles.  That’s exactly what a cake for Dancing With The Stars night needed…

A little BLING!

The Pre-Show Rehearsal (Ingredients):

Ducan Hines Deluxe Classic White Cake
 Prepare as directed…
Betty Crocker Whipped Cream Cheese
 Frost cake after it has cooled completely…
Wilton Sprinkles
Add Sparkling Sugar Sprinkles & You’re Done!
Duncan Hines_Betty Crocker Whipped Frosting_Wilton Sprinkles

The Score

 Tips:  Let cake cool completely.  Use frosting at room temperature.  The cake was very moist and wanted to stick.  Sometimes it helps to keep cleaning the spreading knife with warm water every once in a while.  This helps prevent the frosting from gumming up.  I put a thin layer of frosting on the cake and put it in the refrigerator for 10 minutes or so, then finish frosting the cake after it has a chance to firm up.

It you are interested here are the judges scores from the season opener. 
Monday 3/18/2012 Scores:
Zendaya Coleman and Val Chmerkovskiy: 24
Kellie Pickler and Derek Hough: 21
Aly Raisman and Mark Ballas: 21
Dorothy Hamill and Tristan MacManus: 21
Ingo Rademacher and Kym Johnson: 20
Jacoby Jones and Karina Smirnoff: 20
Sean Lowe and Peta Murgatroyd: 19
Victor Ortiz and Lindsey Arnold: 18
Lisa Vanderpump and Gleb Savchenko: 18
Wynonna Judd and Tony Dovolani: 18
Andy Dick and Sharna Burgess: 17
D.L. Hughley and Cheryl Burke: 12

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