my apology to betty + a welcome home puppy cake!

My mom gave me a stack of old cookbooks...i mean old.  Flipping through the pages of a Baker's coconut sponsored book, titled Easy Cut-Up Party Cakes, I realized what old-school Pinterest. was like.

Growing up my mom would let me mix up Betty Crocker cake mixes for birthdays and holidays.  It was honestly one of the 1st things I learned how to do in the kitchen.  Once my mom thoroughly put the fear in me that my hair would get caught in the hand mixer if I was not careful, I was ready to tackle Betty with rolled-up sleeves on my own. 

Here I learned to looove baking, thanks to Betty.  I still remember the smell of the vanilla flavored cake mix wisping up into the air when you 1st cut the thin, plastic bag open.  Or how about watching the white cake rise in the oven and turn golden brown on the edges with little brown polka dots on top.  Or patiently waiting for the cake to cool down so when mom flipped the cake out of the pan, there would be bits of congealed vanilla cake in the corners to pick out.

It's thanks to Betty I have a sweet tooth.

However, once I reached age 18 and decided that I was into the whole cooking thing and the do-it-yourself cake batter.  I decided I didn't need Betty anymore.  I didn't want anything to do with her; I could make a cake from scratch HAH!  No boxed cake mixes for me!  See yah.

After culinary school, I definitely didn't need a boxed cake mix to make my cakes.

After coming across a dog cake in the Baker's coconut cookbook, I decided to give Betty another try.  Smelling the nostalgic vanilla cake scent radiating from the oven, I decided that I owe you an apology.  I'm sorry Betty and I promise I will make it up to you!!  Especially with your 1, 2, 3 steps and easy to remember ingredient additions (that I still have memorized), life really is better with you, Betty.  Let's be friends again and make a dog cake together.

Welcome home, Puppy!  Also, tomorrow is my birthday!!  Here are pictures of me from 23 years ago.  My mom is def a pro at cakes.

Welcome Home Puppy Cake


1 Box Betty Crocker White Cake Mix

2 egg whites

1 1/4 c water

1/3 c oil

Newman's Own Sour Cherry Licorice (cut the long way in half)

Newman's Own Black Licorice (cut into rounds)

Jelly Belly Blackberries

York Peppermint Patty Minis

2 Betty Crocker Rich & Creamy Vanilla Frosting

1 pink Chuckles 

1 bag Baker's Sweetened Coconut

14 drops Americolor Warm Brown Gel Color

6 Green color drops

10 Red color drops




1) Bake cake as directed on box in a 13x9 pan.

2) Cut cake as shown in diagram and place cake together as shown in picture.  Cut ear piece in half to shorten the height.

3) Frost cake with vanilla frosting in a thin layer.

4) Mix the food colorings with 1/2 a tub of frosting.  Begin to frost ears with a #133 Wilton tip to create the furry ears.  Repeat the same technique to make the spots.

5) Place coconut every where else and around the sides of the cake.

6) Cut the sour cherry licorice to size to fit the neck and put in place.  Place one York Peppermint Patty mini as the eye and the Jelly Belly blackberry for the nose.  Pipe more frosting at the top of the York Peppermint Patty to create an eyebrow.  Place the cut black licorice rounds on the feet for toes.  Place the pink Crackle candy near mouth for the tongue.

Here is little Amanda at the age of 2...can't believe I turn 25 tomorrow!  AND with my puppy all is completely right in the world. 

Welcome home, puppy!!!