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 the goods

2 eggs
4 oz butter
6 oz sugar
8 oz plain flour
2 tspn baking powder
8 oz vanilla pudding (store bought)
1/2 cup milk
1 tspn vanilla
2 tblspn canola oil

4 oz butter
3 cups confectioners sugar
3 oz cream cheese
3 oz sour cream
3 tspns vanilla essence


time: 1 hr 

you will need:

  • electric beaters
  • mixing bowl
  • 8 inch cake pan
  • kitchen scales



2468 Farrah's cake

I know a part of my childhood died today. Who wasn't dazzled by Farrah Fawcett?

I was baking a plain cake  and I'd remembered that the 'funfetti' cake box boasts that it has 1 cup of vanilla pudding in the mix. So I decided to try that; I added two small tubs of vanilla pudding to my plain 2-4-6-8 recipe.

I was astonished. It did everything that a cake is meant to do; it rose to a perfect dome, it browned evenly. It looked like a perfect California bombshell: blonde, curvy and tanned. 

So here's to the woman who forged that image into an icon.

preheat oven to 375f

beat butter in mixing bowl until pale and fluffy

add sugar and beat to combine

add eggs one at a time and beat to combine

measure flour and add baking powder and a pinch of salt, add to bowl and beat to combine

add pudding, 1/2 cup milk and canola oil, beat for 1 minute

pour batter into cake pan and bake for about 40 mins

frosting: this needed to be billowy and blonde, but not overly sweet. The sour cream and cream cheese knock just enough off the vanilla and sugar.

beat the butter until pale and fluffy

add the confectioners sugar and beat to combine. add 1 tspn of vanilla and beat until sandy.

add the cream cheese (room temp plus 10 seconds in microwave) and sour cream, beat to combine

add the rest of the vanilla and beat 2 minutes until fluffy and thick.