Last summer was a crazy time for our family. The above picture of my sister was taken 2 days before she almost died in a horrible car accident.
Fast forward 4 months - after days in ICU and then the Orthopedic Floor of our local hospital - and I knew I wanted to make a very special birthday cake to celebrate 2 things about which her doctors were amazed: That my sister survived the accident at all, and that she still has her arm (which was almost torn off as she was ejected from her car).
The good news: This cake is delicious. It is also quick and very easy.
The bad news: While I am sure that it can be made just as well from scratch, I actually doctored up a cake mix for this one.
Thanks to Pinterest, the decoration was easy: after frosting the cake, I just put Kit Kat bars around it, and filled the top with M & Ms.
Here is how I made it:
Aunt Tiff's Spectacular Birthday CakeIngredients:
Preheat oven to 350°F.
Grease 2 9-inch round cake pans.
Dust with flour and tap out the excess; set pans aside.
Place the cake mix, pudding mix, sour cream, water, oil, and eggs in a large mixing bowl.
Blend with an electric mixer on low speed for 1 minute.
Stop and scrape down the sides of the bowl.
On medium low speed, continue to blend for 2-3 minutes more.
The batter will be very thick and should look well combined.
Pour batter into prepared pans and smooth it out.
Bake for 27-32 minutes
- Allow to cool in the pans on a wire rack for 20 minutes.
- Prepare frosting.
- When cake is cool, frost.
This past summer, one of my uncles died at 60 years old. My sister was in that horrific accident, and one of my aunt's suffered a massive stroke. Take every opportunity you can to let the people you love know it - and celebrate life every chance you get!