Sunday, March 26, 2017

Sunday Eats - Birthday Cake!

Abby's Dad

My husband's birthday  was this weekend and I asked him what kind of cake he wanted. Out of all the varied cake's I've come up with in the 8 years we've been either best friends or married, this was his pick. It's the easiest of all my cake recipes, using a mix, so I didn't argue.

Creamsickle Cake

Put 3 eggs out to bring them up to room temperature.

Stick a medium sized bowl in the fridge to get it cold (I'll explain later).

1 lemon cake mix (I used Betty Crocker Delights Moist Lemon).

Make as directed, using the room temperature eggs as per the box, but add 1 teaspoon of McCormick or Watkins Orange extract and 1Tablespoon of finely grated orange zest (the very outer orange layer of a orange, which you will wash thoroughly first before grating).

Bake in greased 13 x 9 pan as directed. While it bakes, clean the beaters and put in the bowl in the fridge (unless you are going to use a tub of Cool Whip instead of whipped cream.)

When the cake is out of the oven, poke holes through about half the depth of the cake every 2 or so inches apart with the back end of a wooden spoon.

In a small bowl mix, 1 cup boiling water with 1 small box orange Jello (NOT sugar free) and carefully pour over the cake, making sure it gets into the holes and doesn't just run down the sides.

Let cake cool 30-40 minutes.
When the cake is about cool, mix 1 small box French Vanilla instant  Jello pudding with 1 cup of milk (I used 2%) with a whisk. Add 1 teaspoon of orange extract. Let sit to thicken while you make the whipped cream.

Yes, you can use a tub of Cool Whip instead and add the vanilla pudding to it. (Just ignore that little twitch of mine).

Whipped cream - 12 ounces (a cup and a half) of heavy whipping cream.  Beat for about 5 minutes with the chilled, very clean and very cold beaters and bowl until it starts to thicken. Add in 1 teaspoon of vanilla, and whip a bit more, until it's the right consistency. It should take about 5-6 minutes  total with a chilled bowl and beaters. Don't over beat or you will have butter.

Carefully fold pudding mix into whipped cream and frost cooled cake. Store in refrigerator. 

Creamsickle is a trademark of the Popsickle company.  If you've never eaten one, you have missed out! I grew up on their products and love them to this day.


  1. I loved cream sickles! That cake looks amazing! Happy birthday to Abby's Dad!

  2. YUM! And happy birthday to Abby's dad!!

  3. This sounds delicious!!!!
    HAppy Birthday Abby Dad!

    1. Thank you. He appreciated everyone's well wishes.

    2. Thank you. He appreciated everyone's well wishes.

  4. We are still loving your meatloaf recipe,
    dad asks for it all the time now.
    I guess we better make a cake for dessert too.
    Looks yummy.
    xo Astro

    1. We had new front steps to build today, so I just used cool whip instead of whipping the cream to save time. My husband's best friend (who is partner of MY best friend) was here to help and he loved it! LB

  5. We are all drooling here. Mom always loved to have a creamsicle when she was little - she says they don't taste the same any more. Happy Birthday, Abby's Dad.

    Woos - Lightning and Misty

    1. They don't and Nacho Cheese Doritoes do not taste anything like the ones in college. Probably a good thing, Mom said she could eat a whole big bag over a weekend during finals.

      Abby Lab

  6. He has excellent taste in cake. Thanks for the recipe.

  7. that's a super cake... we will look if we can find such a lemon mix, our stores are not very well sorted on that front ;o)

  8. Happy birthday Dad! The cake looks extra yummy!

  9. Wow, never heard of that before. Nothing better than a man who is easy to please lol! Happy birthday to hubby!
    Your Pals,

    Murphy & Stanley

    1. Thanks - he had another big piece and took the rest to work so it wouldn't be sitting here while he was gone a couple of nights. :-)


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