The perennial favorite layer cake is always a popular choice for a birthday party. This version gets its vibrant color from pomegranate juice in addition to food coloring, the juice also adding a subtle hint of tartness. And there's really no better choice than cream cheese frosting for the stark red and white contrasting color, and there's simply no reason to use anything but Philadelphia brand cream cheese (the bar variety, not from a tub) for the best tasting, fluffiest result.
- Preheat the oven to 360°F.
- Mix the sugar with the butter until it reaches a creamy consistency, add 1 egg at a time and blend.
- Squeeze the juice of 1 pomegranate and add it to the mixture, then add the vanilla extract, apple cider vinegar, milk, and the red food coloring.