In a medium bowl, mix flour, baking powder and salt.
In a large bowl, mix butter, shortening and sugar until light and fluffy with an electric mixer.
Beat in egg whites one at a time, scraping down the bowl after each addition. Add extracts and beat until well combined.
On low speed, alternate adding the four mixture and milk to the butter mixture, beginning and ending with the flour mixture.
Spray each of your 15 pans and divide batter evenly between the prepared pans.
Bake the cakes all together for 20 minutes. Remove and let cool.
Time to decorate!
Roll out yellow fondant and cut out little stars. Set aside.
Squeeze a few dollops of frosting onto a small round cake board and then stick the first cake onto the board.
Spread buttercream frosting on top of the first cake and then place another cake on top. Do this one more time and then frost the top and sides of the 3 cakes.
Repeat steps 2 and 3 three more times so that you have 4 frosted stacks on cake boards.
Use 2 of the 3 remaining cakes to make a small frosted stack on a cake board.
Stick the last cake to a small cake board and then frost it with blue frosting.
Press a dowel into a round Styrofoam base to create a foundation for the cakes.
8. Position a cake stack so that the hole in the middle of the cake board is lined up with the dowel and then guide the cake down to the base. Place 4 large straws into the cake to create more support. Make sure to cut the straws so they are not sticking out from the tops of the cakes.
Continue stacking cakes, stacking small stack and the blue cake last.
Use blue frosting in a decorating bag fitted with a #10 tip to pipe thick wavy lines onto the stacks, resembling the filling between each of the 15 layers on the Sleeping Beauty cake.
Place fondant stars evenly onto the sides of the top cake layer (the blue cake).
Use yellow frosting in a decorating bag fitted with a star tip to pipe draping “U” shapes in between each fondant star to connect them.
Pipe 15 small yellow dollops evenly around the outer-top of the blue cake and then stick a candle into each dollop.
Honestly, I feel so fucking privileged to work. I’m doing a big studio movie. You can’t take those things for granted. It’s insanity when you think a couple years ago, the stuff I’d audition for and really wanted and didn’t get. That’s the madness to this industry.
Carl the Animator: “Sure, if you mean insane…ly… awesome.”
Ted the Animator: “One minute, the gang’s mystery-solving… the next, Velma goes to visit a fortune teller/voodoo priest/who knows what. Because apparently, that’s just something every amusement park employs?”
Carl the Animator: “Duhhh. What, you mean you’ve never been to Disneyland and sacrificed a goat with their resident blood shaman?”
Ted the Animator: “…I’m 99.9% sure you’re joking, but that .1% still worries me.”
Carl the Animator: “The lady has a big book held up by a stone demon, though! You gotta admit that’s pretty spectacular.”
Ted the Animator: “I don’t know… grandma always told me to never trust a lady with a statue of an demonic ungulate.”
Carl the Animator: “Good advice, really.”
Ted the Animator: “She shows Velma her weird book, which tells the tale of a giant space volcano,–
Ted the Animator: “–because that’s totally what you expect from a Scooby-Doo movie about a ‘70s rock ‘n’ roll group.”
Carl the Animator: “You know it.”
Ted the Animator: “A mysterious figure stands in the center of a giant revolving chopstick sculpture. From here on out, it really goes off the rails.”
Carl the Animator: “Oh, I’m drinking in every second, believe me.”
Ted the Animator: “First, she awakens some kind of demon that threatens to burninate all of the planet’s nice thatched-roof cottages.”
Carl the Animator: “Tsk tsk!”
Ted the Animator: “Then, since they don’t like her nefarious doings, the high council of cat people from Red Dwarf all gather together.”
Carl the Animator: “Come to think of it, that would explain their elaborate wardrobes.”
Ted the Animator: “The cat people collect a bunch of Zigerion processor crystals…”
Ted the Animator: “…and somehow use ‘em to make bunch of crystal lightning on top of the volcano.”
Carl the Animator: “Ooh! What’s it do, what’s it do?”
Ted the Animator: “Locks a gorilla monster inside the volcano.”
Carl the Animator: “Beautiful. Magnificent.”
Ted the Animator: “Now, remember, this is all coming from the picture book she’s been narrating to Velma the entire time.”
Carl the Animator: “Presumably the My First Alien-Demon-Gorilla Apocolypse Little Golden Book.”
Ted the Animator: “It also features a prancing fox, conjoined dancing lions…”
Ted the Animator: “…and KISS, evidently?”
Carl the Animator: “This… this is brilliant.”
Ted the Animator: “No, Carl, no, it’s madness! What about cohesive storytelling? What about a strong narrative, and pacing, and tone?”
Carl the Animator: “Forget tone, the movie has a freakin’ space volcano demon gorilla in it! If you ask me, after that, a movie can do whatever it darn well pleases.”