I celebrate when a bad day ends. I celebrate everyone’s birthdays. I celebrate holidays. I just love celebrating. (Or really, I just love a good excuse to pig out and drink).
Don’t read ‘celebrating’ to be the slightly-nutty person who paints their face green, wears head-to-toe green and wears a giant emerald boa for St. Patrick’s Day. I don’t do monochromatic colors except black, and I don’t wear boas. And I certainly won’t be blowing kazoos after a rough day of work. BUT, I will take the time to appreciate the small feats – a person’s living to a certain age, for example, or nailing an interview, perhaps. And by celebrating, I mean drinking. Seriously – copious amounts of alcohol will be consumed.
That, and food. I want all the food.
Cake is always good celebrating food. But sometimes the idea of baking a cake seems a feat in itself. There’s the whole cooling period, and don’t even get me started on frosting it. I am the worst cake froster in the history of the land. Like, they’re comically terrible. I once took a cake decorating class at Michael’s and dropped out because I felt so defeated that I couldn’t make an icing rose. The icing rose did me in. I’ll forever be branded a Michael’s dropout.
So anyway. Cake, but not cake. This pie is technically a cake-but-not-cake since it tastes like cake but is the opposite: it’s a fabulous, luscious, creamy pie. And you totally need it in your pie-hole like yesterday.
I came up with this idea after seeing my friend Julianne’s post about Funfetti Cream Pie Cookie Cups. She seriously put Funfetti Cream Pie inside of a cookie cup. Genius much? Then I figured, if she can make Funfetti Cream Pie, so can I. And here we are. Sans cookie – you can check out Julianne’s recipe for that! – but every bit as delicious. And oh so creeeeeeeamy.
*inspired by Julianne’s recipe
- 1 prepared graham cracker pie crust
- 2 small boxes vanilla instant pudding mix
- 1 tsp almond extract
- 2 cups cold milk
- 1 cup yellow cake mix (just the dry mix)
- 2 cups heavy whipping cream
- Rainbow sprinkles or jimmies
- First, prepare your whipped cream. Place your stand mixer bowl and whisk attachment in the freezer for about 15 minutes prior to starting. This will ensure they're extra cold for your homemade cake batter whipped cream.
- Once thoroughly chilled, place the 2 cups of the heavy cream into the mixer bowl and begin whipping on HIGH speed for about 4-5 minutes or until soft peaks form. Sprinkle in the cup of dry, powdered cake mix and continue beating on HIGH for an additional 2 minutes or until stiff peaks have been achieved. Sprinkle in some rainbow jimmies to combine. Set mixture aside in fridge.
- In a large bowl, whisk together the two boxes of pudding mix, the almond extract and the 2 cups of cold milk. Mixture will be thick. Stir in a handful of rainbow sprinkles. Fold HALF of the whipped cream into the pudding mixture until combined; spread evenly and carefully into the prepared pie crust. Top with remaining whipped cream.
- Refrigerate the pie for at LEAST 2 hours or until set, before cutting into slices. Store leftovers in the fridge covered for up to 2 days.
This pie is INCREDIBLE! It’s so rich, creamy and thick, just like Funfetti cake batter. You won’t believe how light and fluffy it is, thanks to the homemade cake batter whipped cream. Smothered in sprinkles and ultra sweet, this is the perfect treat for a cake batter lover!
Have a super sweet day!