Fun-damental….


Recently my friends and I got into a discussion about the song, F*cking Perfect by P!nk. My friend started the conversation with admitting that she chose the radio edit version to download, and because of that she felt like an Old Fogey. It’s not that she was against swear words in songs, just this one, as P!nk is talking to her unborn daughter in the song and she felt it was “ gratuitous and unnecessary in the overall context of the song”. I of course disagreed.
Now I am not for swearing just to swear. And some may be appalled at the idea of a mother dropping the F-bomb to their child. But here’s the thing, that’s her. That is who she is. If you have ever seen an interview with her, she cannot make it through without swearing, specifically the F-bomb. Her daughter will most likely be as foul mouthed as her. And oddly enough I respect her for it. She makes zero apologies for who she is. Some may find it odd that I respect Ann Coulter as well. Don’t get me wrong, I hate her and everything she stands for and find her to be one of the most vile people and a complete waste of air space (no, Peabody, tell us how you really feel)…but having said all that, you always know where she stands. There is no pretending to be fair or impartial, she tells it how she feels it. There is not passive-aggressive subtleness on her end.
I on the other hand, am apparently subtle and passive-aggressive. Or at least that is what was implied a little while back ago. In the words of my mother, “have you met my daughter?” Most people who actually know me in real life laughed hysterical at this, I mean on the ground laughed at this. Because I’m that girl who always lets you know where you stand. I’m the brave one of the group that when you ask, do I look fat in this (which for the record, don’t do that), I pipe up. First I usually yell at the person for calling themselves fat. Then I move on and tell them it’s not flattering. Because really, that’s what you should be asking in the first place. Is this flattering on me? Not do I look fat in something. I’m the girl that tells you that your fly is down. That you have spinach between your teeth. That you were a bitch to your husband and he has a right to be mad. That’s me. The good side of that of course is that when I pay you a compliment, my friends know I really, truly mean it. None of this smoke up your ass stuff for me. :P
One thing I don’t apologize for is the use of cake mix. Now, I really only use two. One for Dump Cake because it can’t be made without boxed cake, and second is Funfetti. I love Funfetti cake. Yes, you can try to make it from scratch, but I find you cannot get that artificial cake flavor that I like. And yes, I like that flavor. It’s the same flavor of cake batter ice cream as well. I don’t really care who knows. So if you are one of those local source only folks, this recipe is so not for you.
The box of Funfetti cost me $.49 on sale. I bought 4 boxes. My bread was from Panera (which was also free), a couple eggs, half and half, cream, and sprinkles and I had me a great low budget bread pudding. The awesome things about the pudding are this:
1. Sprinkles!
2. It tastes like Funfetti but without the sweetness overkill.
3. You can’t help but smile while eating it.
4. Adults and kids alike will like it.
The only drawback is that somewhere in the middle of the bread pudding, when all of the sprinkles kind of meld together, it kind of turns well, blue-grey. It’s not pretty. But to that I say, top with whipped cream and more sprinkles and you should be good to go.
Just promise me that after eating the bread pudding you won’t go put on jeans and then ask someone if you look fat in them!

Funfetti Bread Pudding

10 ounces Funfetti Cake Mix
3 large eggs
1 egg yolk
1 ½ cup half and half
1 cup whipping cream (no heavy whipping cream)
1 loaf French Bread (or Challah)
Sprinkles

Preheat oven to 350F.
Butter a 8-x-8-inch baking pan.
Break the bread into pieces. Set aside.
In a large bowl, whisk together the half and half, cream, and eggs. Add cake mix. You do not need sugar, as the cake mix already has that in there.
Whisk until fully incorporated.
Place a layer of bread pieces on the bottom of prepared pan. Add some sprinkles. Pour over a cup of the batter and squash the bread down. If you need more batter add some. You want all the bread soaked. The custard is way more thick than traditional bread pudding, since there is cake in there, you need to press kind of hard. Do another layer, add sprinkles. Add custard. Squash bread. Do this until your bread layer is level or just under the top of the pan. Make sure all the bread is soaked with the custard. Add some more sprinkles on top to be festive.
Place in a water bath (with the water coming ½ way up the 8-8-inch pan). Bake for 50 minutes. Remove from water bath and bake another 10-15 minutes. Keep checking.
This bread pudding is a little more dense and less custardy than my usually bread puddings. That is once again because there is cake in there. Mmm. I didn’t make a sauce. But a raspberry or a vanilla sauce might go nicely with it. I just topped mine with whipped cream and more sprinkles and it worked for me.

Comments

  1. Love it! I felt a little guilty the other day for posting about Kit Kat Brownies because I used a box mix. But when I thought about it, I thought screw it (can I say that here :0 ) this box mix is good. The brownies always come out fudge-y, just the way I like them, and you can add anything you want to make it your own. No longer will I apologize for using box mixes.

  2. Peabody, being in Australia I’m not familiar with funfetti cake mix. What is it?
    Lesley

  3. Lesley- it’s basically white cake with sprinkles in it.

  4. Yeah, I think too many in the food blogger world judge the use of box mix…but you know what, sometimes a recipe needs them! And of course you can say screw it. :)

  5. And now my 27 week pregnant brain can think of nothing but funfetti. Thanks Peabody! It is the only cake mix that I will buy however–I’ve tried to make it and the “fetti” never comes out right.

  6. I’m generally really anti-bread pudding (don’t like the texture), but…I may be willing to try this at some point. At least if I don’t like it I’m pretty sure everyone else will be happy to eat the rest!

  7. Corinne- it is far more cakey than bread puddingey (yes, not a word)

  8. Definitely agree funfetti from the box is just the best.

  9. I’ve developed a secret addiction to birthday-cake-ice-cream-sandwiches. There is something comforting about the fake birthday cake flavor that I never even liked before.

    That said, I will not make this recipe. I’m afraid that I would eat it. All of it.

  10. This looks amazing (as usual), and who in the crap accused you of being passive aggressive? Do I need to hand out a spankin’ to someone?

    I get so sick of “foodie judgement”, seriously.

    It’s my blog. If I want to use cake mix, or boxed pudding, I will. If someone has a problem, they can make their own blog. They’re free and they can use the whole blog to talk about their problems with people like us(me more often than you) who use mixes.

    In the meantime, I will just punch anyone in the face who thinks that I owe them an explanation as to what ingredients I choose to use.

    Okay, not really…I’m pretty much anti violence. But I will definitely punch them in my mind, and it will be awesome.

    LOVE your recipes!!! :)

    Your cake mix lovin’ sista from anotha motha,

    Kristan
    Cookbook Queen ;)

  11. I usually get in trouble for saying whats on my mind. People tend to really not enjoy that about me – or praise me for it. Either way, its one or the other, no in between on that one. I was thinking about boxed mix today (personally, Im all about the strawberry but you really can’t beat the funfetti – especially in the Christmas colors at the holidays!).

  12. I find “passive-aggressive subtleness” gets VERY old, VERY quickly.

    And you are right about that artificial cake flavor. That’s why we like cake batter ice cream and other “cake batter” flavored things. It’s a great taste — and it also brings back memories. I am all for it!

  13. I love you.

    There are two things I eat that I will never ever EVER apologize for, no matter how “unsophisticated” they may be deemed: Funfetti cake mix (my 30th birthday cake this year better be made with it or I will cut a bitch) and Totino’s Three Cheese Party Pizzas. Judge me if you will, but I will never give them up!

    I don’t even like bread pudding and I want to make this. *scampers off to the grocery store*

  14. I can be pretty unapologetic as well. I’d want someone to tell ME if something looked unflattering, after all! And really…don’t ask if you don’t want to know my real answer. K?

    Mmm funfetti. That is a cake mix worth buying. And this is just beautiful.

  15. I love Funfetti too! It’s just so good. This looks amazing.

  16. I love people who speak their mind. You always know where you stand and I’d rather that any day.

  17. I love funfetti cake, in fact it’s the kind my mom always made me for my birthday. I’ll have to try this!

  18. My mouth is watering just thinking about this, what an awesome idea!! Funfetti is my favorite :)

  19. Definitely a fun pudding!

    I like people who are honest. I’m a big swearing machine. LOL!

    Cheers,

    Rosa

  20. What an awesome use of funfetti! I agree that cake mix has it’s place, especially the special ones like funfetti.

    And I’m not huge on swearing, but I get why other people do, and for the most part, I can appreciate that these people know and accept themselves, and that if I don’t like it, they don’t care. I definitely need a little more of that in my personality! :)

  21. What a fabulous idea on a funfetti bread pudding! I love it.

  22. This looks SO delicious! By the way, thanks for commenting on my blog! (I accidentally deleted all my comments so far… learned that lesson the hard way)

  23. I actually have never heard of funfetti cake before (it must be an American thing) but this look so fun! I must try to recreate it with homemade cake and sprinkles :)

  24. Marcie S.O. says:

    Yum-o!! Funfetti is my favorite =]

  25. Love this! I have a MAJOR secret crush on Funfetti cake! And a not so secret crush on bread pudding!

    When a future bride asked me if I would be willing to her wedding cake in Funfetti I said “Absolutly!” I did however tell her I would under no circumstances frost it with frosting from a can no matter how much she loves canned frosting. (I had to draw the line somewhere. LOL)

  26. You have to have your standards. :)

  27. Hey there – this recipe sounds awesome! I’ll be making it this next Saturday but I was wondering what you used for cream instead of heavy cream? Light Cream? Whipped cream out of a can? Thanks! Love your blog :)

  28. Peabody says:

    You don’t want to use whipping cream out of a can. You can use all half and half for all of the dairy. I would not use light cream.

  29. Audrey says:

    Yeah I big fluffy heart cake mixes (all of them but especially Funfetti!). I make no apologies for this kind of love! Just found your site while Googling cake mix recipes (see…there’s my fatal attraction coming out!). This bread pudding looks delicious! But question…how did you get free Panera bread???

  30. Peabody says:

    @Audry- I get free Panera Bread because they contacted me and I am a sponsered blogger for them.

  31. We featured this recipe in our weekly food trend blog post. You can check it our here.

    http://blog.recipelion.com/food-trend-recipes-with-funfetti/

    Thanks for all of the great recipes!

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