Every year my husband Robby requests the very same birthday cake. It’s the recipe that his mom made for him year after year and if I do say so myself…it’s pretty darn good. In fact, it’s a family favorite! My favorite element is the chocolate whipped cream that it’s topped with. My mother-in-law actually received this recipe years ago while she and her husband were in college! While it’s not a “from scratch” recipe, which is usually my approach, this recipe is easy and accessible and can be thrown together so quickly. The result is light and spongy cake with pudding layers throughout and a dreamy whipped cream layer on top to seal the deal. We always chill it in the refrigerator for a couple of hours before serving it and my go to for decorating is fresh raspberries and chocolate shavings.
Do you have any family recipes that you make for the same occasion each year? I find myself looking forward to certain events and holidays that have certain recipes attached to them. Happy belated birthday to my husband Robby! Grab the recipe below.
Yield: 10 servings
1 chocolate box cake mix (my favorite is Duncan Hines)
6 oz. box instant chocolate pudding
2 ¼ cups cold milk
Whipped Cream Topping:
1 pint heavy whipping cream
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/3 cup sugar
3 tablespoons of prepared chocolate pudding filling from above
Bake cake according to box directions in (2) 9 inch cake pans.
While cake bakes, make filling. In a large mixing bowl combine instant chocolate pudding and cold milk. It will be less milk than instructed, but you want the pudding extra thick. Reserve 3 tablespoons for topping.
Using a mixer, whip heavy cream in another large bowl until soft peaks form. Mix in vanilla, sugar, and 3 tablespoons of prepared chocolate pudding until combined. Chill until ready to decorate.
After the cakes have cooled, cut each cake horizontally, for four layers. Spread the pudding between the 3 layers, but not on the top of the cake.
Frost the top and sides of the cake with the whipped cream topping and refrigerate for 2 to 4 hours before serving.
Top with Raspberries and slivered almonds or chocolate shavings.