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Every time I look at this picture I smile!
Because it makes me happy to make something that turns out exactly like you are hoping!!
Luke, my baby that's now 4 years old (I probably should stop calling him my baby but I can't help it, he's my last child and so darn cute!!) had a birthday last month. Several weeks before his birthday he saw this cake on a friends blog and went absolutely nuts. He was in heaven and wanted this for his birthday cake.
Being the wonderful mother that I am (sometimes anyway) I told him that we would do it. He asked everyday for 2 weeks if it was time to make his cake! After much patience and lots of "help" we got it made. And it turned out exactly like I wanted. I think I was more excited than he was, I'm serious! I immediately called 2 friends to come and look at it because I was so happy with how it turned out (thanks Jennifer and Michelle for indulging me).
Not only was the outside so cute and fabulous, the inside was to die for. I tried a "basic cake recipe" and altered it to fit my son's tastes and it was perfect. The cake is strong enough to hold the fondant but light and moist for an amazing taste.
The best part is that you can alter this cake recipe to anything you feel like. It will now be my staple go to cake recipe!
A hint: what makes any cake even better is the filling, so don't be afraid to add a filling and be brave, think outside the box.
For this cake, I used a chocolate cake mix with a chocolate pudding. The filling was hot fudge on one layer (my son is a chocolate freak) and a cream cheese/vanilla pudding mixture for the other layer. It turned out so delicious!
1 box cake mix
1 small box instant pudding
1/3 c. oil
1/3 c. water
1 c. sour cream
1 T. vanilla
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix all ingredients with electric mixer for 2-3 minutes. Place in your greased and floured pans (circle, square, 9x13, etc.) and cook until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. The amount of time is completely dependable on the pan you are using. I used a 9x13 and it cooked for about 30-35 minutes. Watch carefully.
2. Let cool in pans 10 minutes and then remove from pans and let completely cool on cooling rack. When cooled, cut, add filling, frosting or whatever your heart desires. Enjoy!