Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Pop Tart Birthday Cake

It's my birthday today. 

I'm not one to shout it from the rooftops, but as I get older, I realize what a fantastic feat it is to celebrate a birthday. Birthdays are a privilege and it really should be something to get excited about. 
Another year means I've endured and survived a myriad of situations, encounters and emotions, both good and bad. And age? She's just a number, my lovelies. Look at Betty White. She's like 90-something and could still kick my ass. 

However, just because I don't announce it, I also don't shy away from it as much as I used to, especially on the interwebs where I can hide away and pretend I don't see it. Once upon a time, I would have been mortified. Folks that sing in restaurants to the birthday guest? I would have flatlined. Is there anything worse? Nowadays, I would still die, but on a lesser scale. And obviously not so dramatic. 

However, if you're feeling exceptionally generous and wish to shower me with lavish birthday gifts, please send all correspondence to:

Jenny Jack
P.O. Box...

I kid, however, I implore you to file this cake under "Must Make Birthday Cake" for someone special in your life. It's so easy, so good, and so fast. If you can't have sinful treats on your birthday, when can you? They'll be so happy you've made the effort.

Today's gonna be poppin'. 


1 white box cake mix - or use your favourite cake recipe, omitting ingredients below
4 large eggs, at room temperature
1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
1¼ cup whole milk
½ cup unsalted butter, melted
6 - 8 Birthday Cake Pop Tarts - you can certainly use any other flavour you wish

Preheat oven to 325ºF. Prepare a 9-inch loaf pan by lining with parchment paper and spray with non-stick cooking spray. 

In a mixing bowl, prepare cake. 

In prepared loaf pan, pour about a 1¼ cup of batter into bottom. Place two Pop Tarts side by side and apply slight pressure. 

Pour another cup or so of cake batter over top of Pop Tarts and smooth over with an offset spatula, ensuring the batter has completely covered the tops.

Continue this process until Pop Tarts have been used. Cake will accommodate 8 Pop Tarts, but I couldn't stop eating them right from the box, so I only had six left. Oops. I don't care, because it's my birthday!

You will also very likely have a bit of cake batter left over. You can make cupcakes with these. 

Place cake in oven and bake for 40-45 minutes.  Remove from oven and allow to cool. 

Once cake is  completely cooled, frost with your favourite vanilla buttercream frosting and add sprinkles and embellishments. 

And party the day away.

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15 Responses to “Pop Tart Birthday Cake”

  1. Happy Birthday Jenny! This cake looks so good with those poptarts inside.....a special little hidden treat! :)

  2. HAPPY BIRTHDAYYYY! You share your day with a lot of pretttyyyy amazing peeps!! LOVE this amazing, crazy, DELISH idea for a bday cake!!

  3. Happy Birthday!! Hope you shared your birthday with your loved ones. I wish I could reblog to WordPress but regardless I've linked to your recipe for my birthday today :)

  4. Happiest of Birthdays to you! What a delightful cake to celebrate. Wishing you an outstanding year of loveliness :) My claim to fame... I share my birthday with Mr. Tom Hanks!!

  5. You are so right? It's funny how when you get older birthday's seem a little more monumental. I still can't believe I turned 40 last year. Seriously, 40?? And my little...um he is turning 16 next week?? I am so glad you had an awesome birthday and boxes filled with oreos showed up at your home. xoxo

  6. Happy Belated Birthday! What a fun and unique cake! Thank you for linking up at Tasty Tuesdays! Your post has been pinned to my Recipes from Tasty Tuesday board. I can't wait to see what you link up next week!
    Have a terrific weekend!

  7. HAPPY, HAPPY, HAPPY DAY!!!! OK, so I have never had pop tarts (add tat to the list I started on IG), but they look so good in this cake, I may just scope them out on my next grocery trip. Wishing you many more happy birthdays!! xoxo

  8. We decided to feature you on Tasty Tuesday over at Craft Dictator! Come check it out and link up with us again! http://craftdictator.com/2014/02/18/tasty-tuesday-49/

  9. Happy, happy belated birthday! What a fun, very birthday-ish cake :)

  10. Hi Jenny,
    Belated Happy Birthday.
    What a delightful cake to celebrate.

  11. Happy belated birthday, Jenny! I saw your cake on a FB post by Spaceships and Laser Beams. My pop tart lovin' son wants this cake today! I have to ask, where did you get the milk bottles?

    1. Hi Belle! Thanks for the love. As far as my milk bottles go, I pick them up at garage sales as well as thrift and antique shops. A quick bottle hack - I do know some fellow bloggers that use the ready-made Starbucks Frappucino bottles sold in stores in a four pack. They're quite good for the price. Xo

  12. Made this recently for a friend's birthday! Changed it up and used the new peanut butter poptarts along with some chocolate fudge. Used chocolate frosting and then crumbled up the leftover poptarts to go on top! My friend and guests loved it!

  13. Hey,WoW !!
    Very Awesome cake
    Thanks for sharing with us