Today is a big day for my friend, Jen, as she celebrates a milestone birthday.  Her grade-partners have prepared a surprise celebration, and I volunteered to bake the cake.

Since I wasn’t at the party, I don’t have any photos of the sliced cake (bummer).  I will do my best, though, to describe it.  I started with a Betty Crocker Super Moist white cake mix.  To this, I added: 1 cup milk, 3 eggs, 2 teaspoons vanilla and 1 stick melted butter (a la Paula Deen).  Mix it all together and bake in two 9-inch round cake pans for approx. 25 minutes (you know what a cooked cake looks like!)

The filling is Henry & Henry raspberry filling and it is wildly delicious.  I purchased it at Ladybug Cake and Candy Supply, but if you don’t live anywhere near a shop like this, it is available online.  I frosted it with Magnolia Vanilla Buttercream, but I substituted 1 tsp. almond extract for 1 tsp. of the vanilla (it calls for two).  I love the taste and creamy texture of this classic buttercream.  It’s easy to make, but the secret is to beat it (just beat it…)

Happy day, dear Jen!  Hope you enjoyed your cake 😉


Note:  My addiction to disco dust continues.  I may need a 12-step program.

0 thoughts on “Jen’s Big Birthday

  1. Jen says:

    I feel so honored! I can’t believe that I made the blog! Wooohooo! What a great way to celebrate my 40th with an extra special cake made by you! The flowers were gorgeous!!!!! I sooo wish I knew how to make them! I LOVED the sparkle diamond glitter and it thrills me to know that my insides are glowing with it! As I KNOW you KNOW, DIAMONDS are a girl’s best friend! HaHa! The cake was so delicious and everyone was raving about the frosting! Whenever I was told that the cake was made by YOU I started crying! Thank you Ann! YOU ARE AN ANGEL and a wonderful friend! I love you!

    • Ann says:

      Well, now you’ve made ME cry! Thank you for your heartwarming comment, and for being such a dear friend. I wish I could have been there to sing your birthday song! Stop by soon for some Easter cookies 😉