Sep 21, 2012

september birthday cake

September is a big time birthday month over here. Friends, family, co-workers - birthdays galore. My baking skills have gotten majorly rusty over the past year due to my previous abode's teeny tiny kitchen conundrum, but my inner Ina has been born again since moving to my new apartment. That might be an exaggeration, but I did bake a cake for my friend Jane's birthday last night. Jane was one of the ladies (and executive chef) behind the best party ever, so I wanted to make her birthday at least a quarter as special as she made my engagement party. Not until everyone arrived at my apartment did we realize that four out of seven of us were September birthdays- so this cake got even more bandwidth than I had imagined!

A four layer vanilla cake with raspberry filling and dark chocolate icing - uh huh. This was a really good cake. I used Bonne Maman for the raspberry filling, and this chocolate frosting recipe (substituted dark chocolate cocoa). Usually I go totally from scratch, but in the interest of time I used a Betty Crocker vanilla box mix, doctored up with a few substitutions.

How to make a box mix taste not so box mix-y:
Follow the directions, but:
- Add one egg
- Add one box of instant pudding
- Double the oil
- Cut back on the water a bit 
- Cut the cooking temp down about 25˚ and bake a bit longer

After frosting, I showered this guy in sprinkles and I really love how it turned out. 


  1. What an incredible looking cake! I bet it was as tasty as it is pretty! I really like the looks of it.

  2. This is so pretty! How did you get the sprinkles to completely cover the sides like that?


    Kristina does the Internets

    1. you definitely need a sous chef! my roommate tilted while i shook. it took a bit of persistence!

  3. drooooling over that cake! thanks for sharing the recipe!


  4. Wow, this is such a lovely looking cake and I bet it was super delicious :-9

  5. You made a really beautiful cake that looks like it tasted very good. Your friend must have been happy! :)


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