Last weekend, my dear friend Cat turned 30. We met when we were roommates and graduate students at the University of Southern California, and have been great friends ever since. Cat is a candy-a-holic. She can (and often does) eat 3 candy bars in one sitting and does not gain a pound. Not fair, I know. After we finished our studies, I ended up in Texas and Cat now lives in Florida. We don’t often get to see each other on birthdays, so I felt lucky to get to spend her 30th with her.
I’ve seen this cake popping up all over Pinterest as well as blogs like Paige’s Pantry and Recipe Girl. I’ve been wanting to make it forever, but Cat is the only person I know who would truly appreciate this cake and be able to handle the sugar shock. This cake really is as easy to make and decorate as it seems. I used a doctored boxed cake mix and a 3 ingredient homemade frosting (because canned frosting is just yuck), and I didn’t even bother with a crumb coat. The candy decorations hide all of the flaws. I made a vanilla cake with vanilla frosting, but you can use any flavor combination you want.