Everyone knows a standard red velvet cake comes with cream cheese frosting. So how can you take that frosting to the next level? Add in some cookies & cream Pop-Tarts! Yes, you heard me... Pop-Tarts in your frosting. Before you know it, your regular old cake has been transformed into the world's greatest Pop-Tart cake, and all because you dared to dream a little bit with your favorite breakfast food. Trust me, it's incredible — and I'm not sure why I didn't think of this before. Bonus points if you make your own Pop-Tarts! (Pro tip: You should DEFINITELY make your own Pop-Tarts.)
The combination of a classic cream cheese frosting mixed with a good cookies & cream flavoring is the perfect topping to a red velvet cake... it's almost like they were meant to be together. Truthfully, I'm beyond excited to try other flavored Pop-Tarts in frostings. Imagine the possibilities: peanut butter cake topped with a PB&J Pop-Tart frosting, cinnamon roll layered cake topped with cinnamon Pop-Tart frosting, chocolate banana cake topped with hot fudge sundae Pop-Tart frosting! I'm serious — the possibilities are endless, and almost guaranteed to be delicious. Pop-Tarts and cake may just be the greatest (and most unexpected) love story in dessert history.
- 1 box red velvet cake mix
- Water (however much the box calls for)
- Eggs (however much the box calls for)
- Butter (substituted for however much oil the box calls for)
- 8 oz. cream cheese
- 1/2 cup sour cream
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- 1/2 stick unsalted butter
- 2 cookies & cream Pop-Tarts (bonus points if you make your own Pop-Tarts!)
- 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
- Wilton layered cake pans
- Mixing bowl
- Measuring cup
- Mixing spoon
- Electric mixer (handheld mixer will work too)
- Baking spray
- Frosting bag
1. In a large mixing bowl, combine all cake ingredients. Whisk together until well combined.
2. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees, and line cake pans with baking spray.
3. Fill cake pans evenly with batter, and bake for 10 minutes or until toothpick is inserted and comes out clean.
4. While cakes are baking, combine cream cheese, powdered sugar, butter, and sour cream in a mixer. Beat on medium speed until well combined.
5. Add in the vanilla and broken pieces of Pop-Tarts. Beat on medium-high until fluffy.
6. Place frosting in the fridge for one hour.
7. Remove cakes from pans, and place one on top of the other with layers of frosting in between.
8. Top with extra frosting and pieces of Pop-Tarts. Enjoy!
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