While I was out grocery shopping the other day, I came across Smucker’s Seedless Red Raspberry Jam. That’s right, seedless! Immediately, I knew what I wanted to do with it, other than toast a zillion english muffins and spread it on them! I would try to make my own version of a Danish Layer Cake. AND I would try it for my husband’s birthday!
My husband’s all-time favorite birthday cake is O&H Bakery’s Danish Layer Cake. It is a layer cake consisting of yellow cake layers with a vanilla custard and raspberry jam in between each layer. Let me be real clear, the custard and jam are together in each layer. The frosting is buttercream, I think. So why did I try my hand at making one? Well, out of love for another family member who can not have berry seeds.
What did I get myself into this time? This would be my first time making a Danish Layer cake, my husband’s favorite choice of birthday cake, when I know full well that I don’t like to read directions or measure…. Why not?! Did I mention that I only bought enough ingredients for one attempt?
IT TURNED OUT GREAT! Not only did my husband like it, our kids loved it. Our 4 year old asked me to make it for his birthday!
My Take on Danish Layer Cake
- Butter Yellow Cake Mix
- One jar Smucker's Seedless Red Raspberry Jam
- One large box of Jello Vanilla Instant Pudding
- Buttercream Frosting
- Parchment Paper
- 3 baking sheets *I used pizza pans
- Preheat oven according to cake directions
- Line baking pans with parchment paper
- Trace a circular cake dish or serving plate on each parchment paper as a stencil
- Mix the cake mix (or your own recipe)
- Pour cake batter into each circle on the parchment paper lined pans, making sure to reach the edges
- (My three pans took slightly less than 1/2 of the cake batter)
- Bake cakes, checking after 7 minutes for doneness. Mine took almost 15 mins each.
- Meanwhile, mix up the pudding according to directions and let chill
- Remove the cakes from the oven and allow to cool
- Prior to assembly, you may want to trim the cake layers (remember the circles you drew onto the parchment paper?)
- Then, place 1 cake layer down on serving dish
- Spread a nice layer of pudding about as thick as the cake layer onto cake
- Flip the other cake layer over and spread 1/3 of the jam onto it
- Then flip it onto the pudding layer as if you are putting together a peanut butter & jelly sandwich
- Repeat for the following layer
- After you've placed the top cake layer, I put 2 lollipop sticks into the cake to hold it steady. It sure was slippery and sliding when I started to frost it!
- Frost the cake and decorate however you like
- Finally, dig in!