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. Love the swirls of color inside and that gooey marshmallow looks great.

  2. Oh this looks like the very definition of fun! Great post!

  3. I’ve searched high and low for strawberry milkshake whoppers since I first read this recipe and I finally found cartons of them at Dollarama! I’ve just made these in cupcake form! I halved the frosting recipe and generously frosted 12 cupcakes and probably have enough frosting left over to frost 12 more (or enough frosting leftover to equal a very severe tummy ache!) Can’t wait to eat them!

  4. Omg. I just saw this on Pinterest and repinned it. Now THIS is a CAKE!!

    Love it!!

  5. This sounds delicious, I love whoopers, that is why I NEVER eat them, because I can’t stop. I am fighting the urge to rush to the store, this minute (it is 11:04pm), and get some. The only anchor I have at the moment is this, my son is asleep and I would be completely a “bad Mommy” if I woke him up to make a, near midnight, whooper run. This cake is next on my list, IF I can stop myself from eating the Strawberry Whoopers first! ;)

  6. How do you express “drrrooooollllll”? lol

  7. This is sooooooooo yummy. Does it have marshmallows in the recipe. I don’t see them listed? Thanks. I just didn’t want to make it and it missed them if they should be in the recipe.

  8. @Janet- you make your own marshmallow…that’s where the marshmallow comes in

  9. Denise Currie says:

    Can you tell me the English equivalent of Strawberry Milkshake Whoppers please as I would love to make this cake for when my grandaughters visit.

    Thank you

  10. Hi… I just made the cake and everything went smoothly.. Take a look at the result, hope you like it… And thank you very much for the recipe!!!!

  11. @Denise Currie you can find them at

  12. Looks delightful! I love the pink and the whoppers!

  13. Ooh this looks too good!

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