Hello…so over the weekend I made the most adorable + tasty cake for Erica’s 18th birthday dinner. Homemade vibes let me tell you! It was a huge success and everyone is now asking for the recipe. The funny thing is I used box cake mix ($3 total) and some fresh strawberries from the local farmers’ market ($2.99) – let’s just say it was inexpensive + delicious. Goes to show you don’t need anything from a fancy bakery to make a good impression.
I’m going to get straight into it…
Preheat oven 350 degrees – Bake for 33-35 minutes – stick a tooth pick in to see if it’s baked all the way – if the tooth pick comes out clean it’s done – let it cool.
I get two mixing bowls – 1 for each box – and mix separately.
I cut the strawberries into miniature cubes – this keeps them from sinking to the bottom of the cake. This way the strawberries stay floating throughout the cake mixture.
I mixed all the wet ingredients together first – making sure to beat the eggs for a minute or two. Then pour wet ingredients into the dry cake mix – mix everything together until it looks creamy with no lumps from the powdered cake mix.
Get the bundt pan and spray it down with nonstick baking spray. This prevents the cake from sticking to the pan making it hard to transfer to a cake plate. I also used a 1 cup measuring tool to go back and forth adding in some of the vanilla mix into the bundt pan and then some of the pineapple cake mix. Basically, I layer the two back + forth… back + forth… In between each layer, I add a few strawberries going around the bundt pan.
You are going to use all the cake mix from the two boxes. If the cake rises too much you can always trim later but you want the bundt cake to be as think as possible. Makes a great presentation.
(make sure your cake is fully cooled down or it will continue to melt the frosting = a huge mess!)
I know Erica loves cream cheese frosting so that is what I chose. You may want to use another flavor?? Either way, this method will work! I put the frosting into the microwave to melt enough to drizzle over the bundt cake – I did 20-second increments. You have to use your best judgment here…use a fork to grab some of the frosting and lightly drizzle going around the cake. Go in with a light hand and then keep adding more and more. I’ve been in a situation where I added way too much and it looked ridiculous. I was kind of headed in that direction with this cake but fortunately for me, it was okay. Last but not least, I cut the stems of a few carnations and tied them together with a clear elastic, and placed them in the middle as shown in the picture. It was a nice feminine + fun touch – and Erica loves pink!
Guests comments about the cake
-It was tasty!
-Loved how they got a strawberry with every bite (no sinking)!
-Such great flavor!
-Can you make one for me??
-It’s so pretty!
If you make this cake please feel free to tag me on Instagram @ninamarieblogs I’d love to see your buddy cakes!!
XoXo ~ Nina