Eat like you are 9 years old…

I have a friend with a 9 year old daughter…who is going on 40. She is far more mature than me and I sometimes forget she is a kid. Until I watch her eat. She loves candy. Lots and lots of candy.
One day when I was there giving her mom some cooking tips, she was sitting at the table eating Strawberry Milkshake Whoppers. I had seen them out at Easter time in a giant bag. And though I did want to try them as I love the original Whopper I didn’t want to buy a whole bag because if I didn’t like them I would be stuck(it was like a 64 ounce bag!). So I asked A if I could have one of those Whoppers and of course she gave me one(well 5 to be exact). Darn tasty, but I knew it was the type of candy you could easily make yourself sick on…unless of course you are 9. :)
More importantly it got me thinking about a cake. For the last year or so I toyed with making a chocolate cake with chocolate marshmallow frosting and chocolate Whoppers. But this got me thinking about Strawberry. So off I went to make it. The original one I made was with pink and white polka dots. I spent much time getting those dots just right, only to have the cake destroyed by 9 and 10 year olds in a matter of minutes…I should have known better. I didn’t take any pictures of the cake for the blog because I wanted to bring them a whole cake.
But when I wrote about the cake in my Live Journal I had several friends who had interest in the recipe and to see pictures. So I went to make it again. I didn’t do polka dots as Helen(my less evil twin) made polka dots the very same day I made the first cake…we really do share the same brain cell some days(she seems to get it more than I do though :P). This time I just marbled the cake that way if it was destroyed I would not be so distraught.
This cake is sweet as you can guess it but actually tasty if you take it in small doses…kids on the other hand will eat a giant piece no problem.

Strawberry Milkshake Whopper Marshmallow Cake

Classic White Cake(recipe follows)
Marshmallow Frosting(recipe follows)
Strawberry Milkshake Whoppers(two 6 ounce boxes)

Classic White Cake

12 tablespoons (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 cups all purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
6 large egg whites (3/4 cup)
3/4 cup milk
2 teaspoons vanilla extract

pink food coloring

Set rack at the middle level in the oven and preheat to 350 degrees.
Butter the bottom of two 9-inch round. Line bottom with parchment or waxed paper.
In a large bowl, beat butter and sugar for about 5 minutes, until light and fluffy. Stir together flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside. Combine egg whites, milk and vanilla extract. Add 1/3 of the flour mixture to the butter mixture then add half the milk mixture. Continue to alternate beginning and ending with flour mixture. Scape the bowl and beater often. Take 1/2 of the batter out and place into a separate bowl and set aside. Add 3 drops of pink food coloring to the remaining 1/2. Blend until the batter is pink in color.
Divide the white cake between the two pans. Then add the pink. Using a knife swirl the cake batters together for a marbled effect.
Bake for 30-35 minutes, OR until the center comes out clean. Remove from oven and let cool in pan for 15 minutes. Flip cake over onto a rack and remove parchment or waxed paper. Let cake cool completely before frosting.

Marshmallow Frosting:

4 egg whites
1 ½  cups sugar
½  cup light corn syrup
pinch of salt
2 tsp vanilla
6 drops pink food coloring

Using a large bowl, preferably the top of a double boiler, mix eggs, sugar, corn syrup ans salt until combined. Place the bowl over simmering water ans whisk until the sugar dissolves and the mixture is hot, about 3 minutes(be careful to not make it too hot since you are using eggs and don¢â¬â„¢t want them to scramble). Remove heat and beat 5-7 minutes until frosting is cool and stiff peaks form. Beat in vanilla. Add food coloring and beat until all the color is incorporated.

Place Strawberry Milkshake Whoppers(I used two XL boxes found at Target) into a large sealable plastic bag. Keep a couple out for decorating. Taking either a pan or a meat pounder, smash them up into pieces. Set aside.
Place one cake layer on cake plate. Take one cup of frosting and spread it out evenly onto the layer. Sprinkle Whopper pieces onto the frosted portion of the layer.
Place the second layer on top of the frosted layer. Use remainder of frosting to frost top and sides of cake.
Use the remaining Whopper pieces to decorate the sides of the cake.
Serve the day of, as the marshmallow frosting will get very stiff if it sits around.

Source: Cake recipes adapted from Food, frosting recipe adapted from Cupcakes Galore by Gail Wagman

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  1. What a great idea for a cake! yum! I love Whoppers and wanted to try the strawberry milkshake ones but never did because I wasn’t sure I would like them. I’ll have to them now (hopefully in a cake!).

  2. This sounds so awesome! And it is beautiful. Truly a fantastic idea for a cake. I love how playful it is… :)

  3. Heh, I bet my dad would love this- He has a sweet tooth that could rival any 9 year old, for sure!

  4. Ah yes, no matter how old ANYONE is, there is always a soft spot for candy :0)

    Wow, I had no idea that there were Strawberry Milkshake-flavored Whoppers… interesting!! Makes for such a lovely, fun, light-hearted cake!

  5. This looks amazing!!

  6. A great cake! I love candy and I’m not 9 years old (anymore) ;-P!



  7. I actually really love those strawberry whoppers, so this cake sounds like heaven to me!

  8. With the Canadiens’ loss tonight, there is sadness in my house. Wonder if something pink and marshmallow-y would make my hubby feel better…

  9. That cake looks absolutely amazing! Between, the candy, the pinky goodness and fluffyness, you had me interested in a flash. Great job!

  10. I’ve never tried the strawberry Whoppers, but I know I’d like them. That cake is just lovely. I love that blush pink frosting. I guess I’m just 9 years old at heart!

  11. That looks to die for and like a little girl’s dream cake!!! I have never had a strawberry whopper. We have milk chocolate ones here, called Maltesers, oh and you can get the white chocolate ones as well. I bet they might be good on a cake like this. (The white ones) I am imagining how tasty the strawberry ones would be though . . . and dreaming of your lovely cake!

  12. Um… confession time. I’ve gotten sick on those strawberry whoppers. I love the look of this cake though – it’s so pretty! I’d like to try the chocolate version :)

  13. That looks darn tasty, and thanks for letting me know that there are strawberry whoppers out there. That was news to me!

  14. This looks like so much fun! Whoppers were my favorite candy before I had to give up wheat. Phewy on allergies…they stink.

    Natalie @ Gluten a Go Go

  15. Very creative and delicious! I love pink!

  16. For some reason, the thought of the strawberry whoppers make my teeth hurt, although I like regular whoppers. But your cake looks so tasty…and I don’t mind the sweetness where that’s concerned.

  17. Strawberry Milkshake whoppers??? Made into a cake??? Amazing.

  18. That is a sugar bomb waiting to explode. Talk about sugar high! Fabulous! Any little girl would love that, so colorful, sweet, sticky… fabulous!

  19. Ooh- I like this. It look terrific.
    I was going to make a Whopper cake, this week, but I couldn’t find malted milk powder. So, I gave up.

  20. OH my gosh!! Pink marshmallow cake!! FANTASTIC IDEA!!

  21. I’m not 9 anymore either, but I love this, the colour, strawberry, cake, frosting :)

  22. The thing about malt is that it is innocuous unless combined with sweet. Then it becomes crazy rich. As indulgent as this sounds, I think I would skip it for fear of type 2 diabeetus!

  23. That looks so ridiculously good… I miss candy so much sometimes!

  24. Oh MY! I am in heaven just staring at this amazing cake! I WILL HAVE TO make this! I love it, the color is great, even the cake itself is fantastic. Wow, what a creative idea. :) Thanks so much for sharing!

  25. I have never seen strawberry milkshake whoppers. Thats quite a cake and inviting to a 39 year old.

  26. I have seen them, but never tried the strawberry whoppers. I love the chocolate ones! I shouldn’t eat them, but do anyway….hee hee. This is the perfect girl-cake!

  27. My teeth hurt just looking at that.
    Oh to be 9 again…

  28. This is just too freakin adorable. Makes me wish I had a little girl to make it for on her birthday…well- not really, as having my own children still terrifies me- but this darling cake had me dreaming about it. If only for a millisecond.

  29. I think I went hyperglycemic just looking at this confection of a cake. Lovely.

  30. My teeth ache just looking at that. And I can see my kids drooling over it from the other side of the room.
    Think I will have to try the chocolate version though, white cake, chocolate whoppers and chocolate marshmallow. :-)

  31. P.S. I’ve tagged you Peabody!

  32. The strawberry malted milk balls are just so aesthetically pleasing! Like pastel bubbles!

  33. You are really, really evil. I’m a complete sucker for pink food and that cake is beautiful, Pea!

  34. What a cute cake! I saw these whoppers at Easter and had to buy some. I was going to put them in cookies, but I love your use of them!

  35. This cake is so quirky pretty. Does that make sense? I love that shade of pink and I am sure it is delish! I have loved original whoppers since I was a kid. My aunt and I would share them at the movies. I might have to try the strawberry ones after seeing this post. Yum.

  36. How unbeliveably cute! It immediately made me think of my beloved Strawberry Shortcake canopy bed for some reason… (?)

  37. What an adorable cake, I love it!Especially the soft pink colors. I have a daughter who is grown now but I always joked was 10 going on 40 yrs old. I am so glad you remade this for us to see. Love your site!

  38. I’ve made a chocolate whopper cake before, but this strawberry one has my interest peaked! Mmmmmmmm!

  39. strawberry whoppers–intriguing. i’m imagining then to taste like strawberry nesquick. like that swirly pink cake.

  40. I want to eat like I’m 9. And not gain any weight like a 9 year old too! Can you promise that if I make and eat this cake?

    Looks giggly delicious :)

  41. What fun! I love the last pic!

  42. this cake is so……PRETTY IN PINK. sorry i just had to, lol!! i’ve never heard of strawberry whoppers either, i’ll have to watch next easter. you have such a creative flair!!

  43. Oh my! That looks wonderful! I will NEVER be too old for that cake!

  44. I like the picture of the cake layer – really beautiful.

  45. The is one of the most delicious looking things I’ve seen on your blog. I just have to try this one. My mouth is watering. YUM!

  46. i didn’t even know the strawberry whoppers even existed!!! wow!! your cake is beautiful – wish i could have seen the polka dots as well but the marbling is still nice. pass me a slice, would ya? :)

  47. Oh I think you have not problem, you get it plenty good when you can do a cake like this one. Now, if I were 9, I’d really hope you were my mom’s best friend! Strawberry whoppers … Gorn would eat the entire box and the cake!

  48. Oh! Peabody… I usualy never leave comments here, being completely overwhelmed by your concoctions, but this is simply too much.
    How beautiful can it get… dainty, precious and elegant.
    You know, it’s realy a coïncidence, but my daughter is turning 9 in two weeks, so… you might see that cake sooner than later, on my blog!
    Simply beautiful, really.

  49. Wow. Looks like a serious amount of sugar! Love that pretty pink colour :)

  50. What a fabulous cake!

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