8/10/12

Recipe and Review of Birthday Cake Fudge (otherwise known as Funfetti Fudge and Confetti Fudge)




Birthday Cake Fudget (Funfetti or Confetti Fudge)
A couple days ago I placed the recipe for Birthday Cake Fudge in my files to make as soon as I picked up a couple ingredients.  Yesterday I got to make it and wanted to share my updated thoughts.  My initial review last night when it was first done is different than my thoughts this morning.  This is important because the flavor changes after it's been chilled for a bit. 

Yesterday afternoon when it was first made I let it set to cool to room temperature before chilling and I then tried two small pieces.  The 'fudge' to me tasted mostly of the while chocolate chips used with a hint of vanilla.  That was it.  I was greatly disappointed.  I was surprised the flavor of the 'cake' didn't come though because I actually doubled the cake mix called for - in order to have a nice strong birthday cake flavor.

Later my husband tried 2 pieces and he said it was pretty good.  He said he absolutely could taste the 'birthday cake' flavor.  He said the cake was the initial flavor followed by an aftertaste of vanilla.  Hmm.  About 3 hours later one of my teenagers came home.  I told her there was fudge in the refrigerator.  She came to me about 3 minutes later announcing this was the "BEST FUDGE I HAVE EVER TASTED!"  When I asked her about the flavor of birthday cake she said "Oh yes, it totally tastes like birthday cake!  I love it!  It's now my favorite fudge in the whole world!"

So... what in the heck was I missing!?  Well, this morning I figured it out.

This morning I had 2 small pieces with my coffee and... birthday cake.  Bingo.  The secret was in the chilling time.  When it was still warm the flavors didn't have time to ripen or meld yet.  After being in the refrigerator overnight, I am now totally in love with this fudge as well. 

When I make it again I'm going to tweak it a bit - I have an idea swirling around in my head right now of something I think that will take it up a notch.

Some changes I made in my version so far:  I used parchment paper, not greased foil.  I also doubled the amount of dry cake mix and used a tad more vanilla.  I used 3/4 the amount called for of regular milk, not evaporated as I was out.  I also made it three layers by putting down a layer of white, a layer of blue and then topped with a layer of white again before sprinkling.


Birthday Cake Fudge

3 c sugar
1 1/2 sticks butter
1 (5oz) can evaporated milk
1 (7oz) jar Marshmallow Fluff
1 (12oz) bag white chocolate chips
1/4 cup yellow cake mix powder 
1 tsp vanilla
blue food coloring (optional)
rainbow sprinkles (optional)

Grease/foil one 8" or 9" square baking pan.  Place the butter, sugar, and evaporated milk in a large saucepan. Bring to a boil and let boil for a full 4 minutes. Remove from heat and add the marshmallow fluff, white chocolate chips, cake mix, and vanilla,.  Stir continuously until smooth.

Moving quickly, pour half of the fudge into a heatproof bowl and dye it a contrasting color.  Fill pan with colored fudge first, then the remaining white fudge on top, pulling a knife through to swirl. Cover top of fudge with sprinkles and let cool to room temp before storing in fridge for 2 hours to harden.


Starting to cook the sugar, milk and butter


Stirring until it is smooth



Into a pan and now ready to set on the counter until it cools to room temperature




I made mine three layers and did not swirl it.  After chilling overnight? AWESOME!


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