Tuesday, August 3, 2010

A 'Wicked' birthday

My dear daughter turned 30 and I took her to see "Wicked" in San Francisco for her birthday. It was a wonderful mother-daughter time in which we had a chance to share a few days in a great city and experience an entertaining play. We stayed in the heart of the theater district and absorbed our surroundings.

Back in Fresno, we had a family dinner to continue the 30th birthday celebration, and I made the cake that my daughter wants every birthday. I call it K-K's cake, and it's her favorite. It's a white cake with vanilla pudding and strawberries inside. Very tasty, very caloric. But birthday cakes aren't supposed to be healthy. They're just supposed to be delicious.

Here's the recipe:


1 Boxed white cake mix. Bake as directed on box in two 8" or 9" round pans. Cool

1 box vanilla pudding. Make as directed on box. Chill

Filling #2
1 lb. fresh sliced strawberries
1/3 cup Strawberry glaze(found in produce section)
Stir glaze in sliced strawberries. Set aside.

4 tbsp. flour
1 cup milk
1/2 cup shortening
1/2 cup butter
1+1/4 cup sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
Add a little milk to flour to form a paste and mix well until smooth. Stir in remaining milk and cook over medium heat until a thick paste forms, stirring constantly. Cover with waxed paper. Cool. Cream shortening and butter and sugar together until fluffy. Add cooled flour/milk paste and vanilla and beat until smooth.

Cut cake layers in half horizontally, making 4 layers. place one layer on plate and spread half of the pudding filling to the edges. Place next layer on top of pudding layer and spread to edges with glazed strawberries.
Place next layer and spread with remaining pudding. top with last layer. Frost with crustless frosting. Decorate with remaining strawberries. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

Serves 10-12


  1. The cake looks great, but how was the play? Is it as awesome as the hype? I understand the "Wicked" music is supposed to be wonderful.

  2. "Wicked" was great. It was a surprising spin on the witches of Oz. We thoroughly enjoyed it. Thanks for the comment.

  3. Happy Happy Birthday to Katie! 30eh? My how times flies. The cake looks devine, and I hope you all enjoyed every last morsel.

  4. MMMMMM. Can I have some more mom?

  5. Why does this have to be a birthday cake? Sounds tasty for any occasion, such as being in Fresno on a Sunday.

  6. I want some too! Don't forget... my birtday is August 26th :) The receipe looks like a 'labor of love'... which i know it was cuz you love so much through everything YOU do. Happy 30th Katie xo

  7. We did enjoy the cake, Cyrhen, but I enjoyed the company of family the most.

    Sorry Kthrock, it's all gone.

    This cake can be served at any occasion, cakeeater. It's a refreshing summer treat.

  8. Ahahaha Happy 29th plus shipping and handling Katie! Nice cake, frosting enhances everything! Love Ya... Your cousin...