HAPPY BIRTHDAY CAKE – and for my next trick….

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 “Let’s face it, a nice creamy chocolate cake does a lot for a lot of people.” — Audrey Hepburn

Hi there,

This is the story of the nervous baker AKA Bernadette –

Once upon a time, there was a nervous baker who dreamt of creating a beautiful and delicious birthday cake for her son. She gathered all of her ingredients and equipment and began to work. At first, she struggled with the recipe, but she persevered and eventually managed to mix the batter and get the cake in the oven. 

While the cake was baking, she was busy preparing the frosting and decorations. Once the cake was baked and cooled, she began decorating it. To her delight, it looked beautiful and delicious. 

The baker was so proud of her cake; she couldn’t wait to show it to her family and friends. Her son and husband tried it and were amazed by the flavor and decoration of the cake. The son liked the cake so much that he started to pack up the entire cake to take home, but the baker’s husband jumped up and said he wanted a piece for the next day.


Recipe by Bernadette Course: Uncategorized


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  • 1 box 1 Duncan Hines French Vanilla Cake Mix

  • 1 small box 1 French vanilla instant pudding

  • 4 large 4 eggs

  • 1 cup 1 sour cream

  • 1/2 cup 1/2 softened butter

  • 1 cup 1 white chocolate chips

  • 1/2 cup 1/2 chopped pecans

  • Frosting
  • 8 ounces 8 full fat cream cheese brought to room temperature

  • 1/2 cup 1/2 butter

  • 3 cups 3 confectioners sugar

  • 1 teaspoon 1 vanilla extract

  • 3/4 cup 3/4 unsweetened cocoa powder


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees
    grease and flour to 9 inch cake tins
  • combine the cake mix, pudding mix, eggs, sour cream and butter.
  • beat at medium speed for 2 minutes, and then
    stir in the white chocolate chips and chopped pecans
  • divide into the pans and bake for 30 to 35 minutes
    let completely cool and frost
  • Frosting Preparation
  • beat the cream cheese and butter together until smooth
  • add the vanilla extract to the mixture
  • mix the confectioners’ sugar and cocoa
    add the dry ingredients one cup at a time
    mix just until mixed


  • This cake tastes best when served chilled. Chilling allows the chocolate chip to solidify, adding to the flavor’s richness.

The nervous baker ended the day with a huge smile and a sense of accomplishment.

22 responses to “HAPPY BIRTHDAY CAKE – and for my next trick….”

  1. Darlene – British Columbia, Canada – Writer of children's stories, short stories and travel articles. https://twitter.com/#!/supermegawoman http://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=201634059868404&id=631897250&ref=notif&notif_t=like#!/pages/Darlene-Foster-Writer/362236842733
    Darlene says:

    Well done! It looks amazing and I’m sure it was delicious.

  2. V.M.Sang – UK – I was born and educated in the north west of England. I trained as a teacher in Manchester and taught in Salford, Lancashire, Hampshire and Croydon. I write fantasy novels currently. I also make cards, knit, crochet, tat, do cross stitch and paint. I enjoy walking on the Downs, cycling and kayaking. I do not enjoy housework, but like cooking.
    V.M.Sang says:

    Looks and sounds delicious. But I don’t think we can get the cake mix and pudding mix here in the UK. Do you know of any alternatives?

  3. The cake looks excellent! I would love a slice too 🙂

  4. VinceHomeMade – Australia – With a decade of experience in the commercial kitchens of London and more than three times that cooking with my family, I am now going to share what I have learned along the way. Whether it's a recipe for shortcrust pastry; a pro-tip on buying or using chef's knives; a review of a new ingredient or a new take on an old one. It will be all here as I start this blog journey, in text, pictures and video links to my Instagram and YouTube page. If you would like to help me on this journey perhaps you would click on the link to "Buy me a coffee"
    VinceHomeMade says:

    What a dilemma ! Allow your son to take his cake or allow yoyr husband to steal an extea serve. At least you know they loved it

  5. I love the quote, the story and the cake decorations. I’m a chocoholic so I can’t wait to try this delicious looking cake!
    I made one similar last week with chocolate cake mix, chocolate instant pudding, sour cream and chocolate chips, no nuts.

  6. Dorothy's New Vintage Kitchen – I'm a writer, cook, gardener, photographer, poet, quilter, and accomplished daydreamer. I'm also a wife, mother, grandmother, sister. cousin, aunt, and friend, no particular order on any given day. I've been a writer all my life, newspaper reporter and columnist, radio news writer, and magazine contributor, and poet and short-story writer as the spirit moves. Now, I turn my attention to my cookbook, the blog, and a cooking column "Memorable Meals," which runs in our county newspaper. Besides my family, I love dogs, cats, good coffee, and my never-dwindling pile of books I intend to read. Our family ran a small Vermont Inn for 18 years, with our focus on local, organic ingredients. After many years of daily serving up of our local delicacies, cooking classes, and catering, we are now only open for special events, and the odd cooking class as the spirit moves me. We also host musicians and artists, having helped produce a musical festival and other musical events for nearly 20 years. Many incredible artists have found a place at our table. Wonderful experiences, we will treasure always. My family and friends are my practice subjects. With a family that includes nut, peanut, tree fruit, and vegetable allergies, gluten intolerance, dairy intolerance, vegetarians, vegans, heart conscious, and a couple of picky eaters, there has to be a few quick tricks in the book to keep everyone fed and happy! Personally, I do not eat red meat or most dairy (usually) for health reasons, making the occasional exception at Thanksgiving and Christmas or our anniversary if the duck is locally raised. I do eat fish and seafood, so I try to come up with alternatives and substitutions when available. I serve local organic eggs and cheeses to my family who can tolerate dairy (My husband recently had a heart attack, and I need to watch my own cholesterol so I am careful, but have been known to let a little piece of really good cheese accidentally fall on my plate!). I believe strongly that eating in a way that is good for our planet is also good for our bodies! I cook by the seasons and draw on inspiration from the strong and talented women in my family who came before me, as well as the youth in the family who look at the world with fresh eyes. Food links us all, whether sharing a meal, cooking it together, or writing about it for others to enjoy. I love taking an old recipe and giving it a modern spin, especially if I can make it a littler healthier and use foods that are kinder to the Earth and to our bodies. I believe strongly in sustainable, delicious eating of whole foods, and the wonderful flavors we have at our fingertips! And finally, I love conversing with all the talented cooks and chefs out there who dot the globe! It's a wonderful, world full of culinary pen pals, and I cherish them all! XXXOOO Dorothy
    Dorothy’s New Vintage Kitchen says:

    Dear Nervous Baker,
    You can come to my house any time and bake me a cake. You can even ice it (as my grandmother would say) with that lovely cream cheese frosting. I might even let you keep a piece for the husband.
    Love, Dorothy

  7. Bravo, Bernadette, it looks lovely. I’ve never seen a recipe that uses a cake mix and a pudding mix before.

  8. Now THAT, my friend, is the way to “doll up” a boxed cake mix! I know the pudding must have made it extra moist and flavorful. Did I mention that my birthday will also be coming soon? 😉

  9. the Painted Apron – Life is all about creativity for me, as long as I'm creating something I am happy! I hope I will inspire your daily life and give you ideas for your own wonderful creations!
    Jenna says:

    I know it was delicious Bernadette, I love to make cakes with “doctored” cake mixes, the addition of pudding, an extra egg and butter instead of oil~ I’ve never had one that wasn’t loved! What a compliment that your guys were fighting over it!!

  10. Awakening Wonders – Everyday life is filled with wondrous things and embraceable moments, but only if we allow ourselves to be fully awakened. I invite you to join me as I share passionate life adventures and ramblings that awaken my spirit. I look forward to awakening your senses to the simple, joyous wonders that are all around us. I feel that we are destined to become soulful adventurers!
    Awakening Wonders says:

    Chocolate cake – I’m in!

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