Cake pans buttered, floured and then mix is ready to bakeWhile the cakes cooled, I made the dark chocolate frosting that I posted earlier. I modified the recipe slightly. Rather than 1 pound of semi-sweet chocolate, I mixed 1/2 pound of semi-sweet with 1/2 pound of milk chocolate. And this time, I let it cool completely before incorporating into the mixer.
Bottom layer has been leveled and is ready to frost (note the parchment paper around the cake for easy clean-up after frosting)
The two layers together on the cake stand with the middle frosting layer applied