Unfortunately we can't get Pillsbury mixes at all in Canada so I wouldn't be able to order them through our Walmart. I'm not sure if I could order them through the US but I'm sure shipping would be high though which makes it not really worth it.
I think I may try this though and just use the 3 Tbsp of pudding like I usually do.
I tried this recipe for a cake due yesterday for an 80 year old's birthday celebration. I baked two 12" rounds, torted into a 4-layer cake (very tall!!) with BW's soooooo yummy BC recipe using part to mix with my homemade fresh strawberry jam for filling. The cake required the ENTIRE 4# PS recipe ~ I think I have possible 1/2 left after filling, icing and border. I'm hearing comments that it was absolutely delish!!!! My samplings of the cake carnage (leveling leftovers - not much there, either) confirmed that the cake is my new 'go to' recipe!! This thread came up just in the nick of time for my project!! Hopefully, I can get a photo of it attached. Haven't been successful at that yet....
Wanted to say a HUGE thank you for posting this recipe, Spooky!!
Aunt Tilly, I'm glad you liked it. I may have posted it, but Swishtrish told me that it was a great recipe. I had seen it before when I checked out their website, in fact, I made the raspberry filling that they use to fill this cake on their picture of it, but hadn't made it yet until Tricia said to give it a try.
Thanks for posting this recipe Spooky. I made it this weekend and with the one recipe was able to make: one very full 10" heart shape pan and 12 cupcakes. It's really good. I haven't tried the WASC recipe to be able to compare it (have only made the chocolate WASC), but will definitely do that. Thanks again.
I used a Duncan Hines mix that was 16.5 ounces. I'm going to have to start looking around for some off brands. I have an Aldi and Meijer near me, I'll try there. I liked that it was firm and not too sweet. Have you stacked cakes with this? Thanks again.
In a previous post I stated that when I added the melted butter, I thought it had cooked the eggs somewhat. I was wrong. Because of the colder temperature of the eggs/sour cream/water, when I added the melted butter, the butter actually slightly congealed, making tiny little butter balls (that's what those lumps were). Once the cake bakes up, you can't tell any different. So it's not a flaw, just a by-product of the warm butter meeting the cool liquids.
Also, I have made this cake using the store brand (18.25 oz) cake mixes that do not have pudding in them. They worked just fine. Late last week, I added about 3 T. instant french vanilla pudding to a double batch of this recipe. I can't say that it really made a difference one way or the other. I think I'll just leave it out.
This recipe makes a lot of batter. I doubled it, thinking I'd have just enough, and I ended up making 60 cupcakes and an 8" round (3" deep) layer out of it. Way more than I needed (40 cupcakes).
Definitely use cake flour as that is what aids in the lightness of it.
I made this today using a 16 oz BC mix. The cake is good, I added 3/4tsp of double strength vanilla and 3/4tsp of almond. The cake was a little moister than the regular WASC that I use. It leveled nicely though, but it did pull away from the sides earlier than I thought......the center was done with the skewer (toothpick) test but still a bit mushy for my taste. Since the sides had started pulling away I took it out of the oven though...might try baking it at 325 next time, I always bake at 350. A 10" square took quite a while, no flower nail.....again, might be something I try next time in the center. The sides were a bit harder to cut through and have the edge not rip away from the cake.....but with some patience my husband treated it like a delicate piece of woodwork and managed to get it level without a rip anywhere!
I also made a mistake above, I did not use a Duncan Hines, it was a Pillsbury for this cake...sorry. (I used the Duncan Hines box I had for the chocolate WASC) I baked it at 325, used my homemade cake release and parchment on the bottom on a 10" heart pan, no nail. It wasn't soggy at all and the edges were perfect. Hmmmm, all ovens are different. Give it another chance and try baking at 325. Good luck FH.