Hey there– Last weekend we traveled on up to Ojai to celebrate our Micah’s birthday!! There was cake (of course) and gifts and a little trumpet concert from Charlotte (new to the school band). Jodi and I stopped in at the Ben Franklin Dime Store (I didn’t know that’s existed anymore!!) and there was dinner at the cool new place in town. Such a fine full day –love those 5 to pieces!
So here’s the birthday cake–sweet and tart and creamy—
LEMON CREAM POKE CAKE
1 lemon cake mix
3.4 oz. box lemon instant pudding mix, divided
1 cup milk
8oz. cream cheese (1 package)
grated rind of 1 lemon
juice from 1 lemon (about 4 tablespoons)
1 pint (2 cups) heavy whipping cream
1 tab. of the lemon instant pudding mix*
1 tab. powdered sugar
lemon slices, mint leaves
Make the cake according to the directions on the package– (mine used 1/2 cup oil, 1 cup water and 3 eggs). Spoon the batter in to 9″x 13″ baking dish or a 10″ springform pan that has been sprayed with cooking spray. Bake it up at 350 degrees for about 25 minutes, until it is firm to the touch. Cool completely!
To make the filling, take 1 full tablespoon of the lemon instant pudding mix and set it aside for now. In mixing bowl, stir together the remaining pudding mix and 1 cup of milk. Set aside.
In another mixing bowl, beat the cream cheese, lemon rind and lemon juice together with an electric mixer for a couple minutes until it resembles a smooth paste. Add in the pudding & milk mixture and beat until it’s all blended.
With the handle of a wooden spoon poke holes into the cooled cake. Spoon the filling mixture over the cake pressing in down into the poked holes and covering the top of the cake.
To make the cream layer, use an electric mixer (whisk attachment works best) to beat the whipping cream, tablespoon of lemon pudding mix and tablespoon of powdered sugar a few minutes until it turns into a stiff whipped cream.
Gently cover the lemon layer with the whipped cream. Refrigerate an hour to make sure it’s all well set. Garnish with lemon and something green just for pretty.
This cake is a new favorite– so fresh and lusciously creamy!!
*the tablespoon of pudding mix stabilizes the whipped cream.
Showing you my best attempt at getting a photo our our sweet girls!! (not easy!!) Love those three!
And here’s to another wonderful year ahead Micah and Jodi…