You either have it or you don't.
And I have it.
The other day, I found Oreo instant pudding at the store. So I bought it, without any specific plan for it.
The office prego suggested that it would make a really good cake filling.
Which got the wheels turning.
So, my next Trader Joe's run, I grabbed a few things to go with it...
Have you tried Trader Joe's Vanilla Cake mix?
It is the sweetest, to die for cake ever.
It is not white cake. Or yellow cake.
But Vanilla cake.
It is so pretty, it even has little flecks of vanilla bean throughout.
So I made the cake as the instructions on the box...with a twist.
After it was all mixed up, I crushed about 9 Oreos (or in this case Joe-Joes) in a ziplock, and tossed them into the batter.
And then poured the batter into two 8 inch pans. The box didn't have directions for that size, so I baked for about 25 minutes, plus a few until the cakes were nice and golden.
AND - another twist.
I added a few whole Oreos/Joe-Joes into the cake itself.
The cakes REALLY wanted to stay in their pans - so assembly was a bit of a challenge - but I pieced it together as best I could - and layered the cakes with the pudding.
I used Trader Joe's White Frosting Mix - which I suspect is basically just glorified powdered sugar - and crushed up a few more Oreos/Joe-Joes (maybe 6-8?) and threw them in the frosting.
Iced the cake.
And decorated with even more...wait for it.
Seriously. If it wasn't overkill before. It is now.
I brought it to work the next day, for Prego's farewell. It may have given me a cavity just looking at it. (Good thing my sister is a hygienist, she can work on that for me).
So it's not the prettiest cake I have ever made.
And it wasn't MY personal favorite.
But it did seem to get some good reviews from the coworkers. And prego's hubby.
So, I call it a success.
And tomorrow? Prego's Twins arrive! I can't wait to hear the report.
Double the cookie!
Double the fun!
Welcome to the world little ones!