Birthday Cake Pie with Chocolate Mousse and Berries

by heidi on June 25, 2012

Yellow Cake PIe with Chocolate Mousse Foodie Crush

Who is this girl, my daughter, who doesn’t like cake?

I continually expect her taste to change, to adapt as every mom hopes their child’s palate eventually will. But instead of willing her to accept broccoli or whole-wheat bread into her life, instead I’m wishing she’d just like cake.

For her birthday for the past three years, Smudge has eschewed cake in favor of pie for her celebratory dessert. I still don’t get how or why she has such a definite preference for pie over cake, but I am nothing but accommodating to my girl’s wishes on her big day.

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But I am still a mom, and I do have an ulterior motive. Yep, I’m sneaky that way. To try and sway her in the slightest way possible, I posed we create a combo cake pie, where cake and pie meet in the middle. With chocolate mousse. And whip cream. In decadent, lush layers.

This is a cheater-style cake. I rarely make cakes from the box but with 8 girls to prepare 3 meals for over the course of 24 hours, now was not the time to prove what an awesome cake maker I was. Or more likely, wasn’t.

I must admit I was impressed with the Betty Crocker Super Moist cake mix since it calls for butter rather than vegetable oil. A nod to the mix on that one.

Yellow Cake Pie with Chocolate Mousse and Berries

This cake is so easy and so quick to pull together, I figured it could move out of its birthday comfort zone and would also be a terrific addition to a 4th of July celebration with tasty red and blue berries to ring in the festive feeling. Or of course top with shaved chocolate or sugar sprinkles for another year’s birthday version.

Yes, odds are it will be back on the birthday list again next year. And why not? It is that good.

Yellow Cake Pie with Chocolate Mousse and Berries

Serving Size: makes 1 cake pie and 6-8 cupcakes

Yellow Cake Pie with Chocolate Mousse and Berries


1 9-inch store bought chocolate pie crust
1 Betty Crocker Super Moist Butter Recipe Yellow Cake mix
1/3 cup butter, softened
3 eggs
1 3.2 ounce package Jell-O Chocolate Mousse mix
1 cup milk
1 pint whipping cream
1 teaspoon vanilla
mixed berries or chocolate shavings


  1. Follow package directions and mix cake with butter, eggs and water. Pour half of the batter into the chocolate pie crust filling crust just half way. Bake according to package directions, about 20-25 minutes. Cool completely. Use the rest of the batter for cupcakes.
  2. While cake is baking mix chocolate mousse with milk and refrigerate for one hour.
  3. In a large bowl add cream and vanilla and whip until stiff peaks form.
  4. To assemble cake layer chocolate mousse, then whip cream and top with berries or chocolate shavings.
  5. Refrigerate until ready to eat or serve immediately.

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{ 32 comments… read them below or add one }

Averie @ Averie Cooks June 25, 2012 at 1:33 am

I love that you used Betty for this one. More time to play with your daughter and less time to worry about…making cake.

Gorgeous photos, as always!


Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar June 25, 2012 at 5:27 am

This is so pretty! Looooove this!


Aimee @ ShugarySweets June 25, 2012 at 6:20 am

Very cool idea! Every once in awhile a box mix is called for! Happy Birthday to your little girl!


Katie June 25, 2012 at 7:29 am

My husband doesn’t like cake either…and I have a blog named after cake. I keep hoping he’ll change his mind, too…but so far, no such luck. I’ll stick with the pies as well.


Ali @ Gimme Some Oven June 25, 2012 at 7:42 am

Wow — that sparkler photo is AMAZING!!! I’m with your daughter anyday taking pie over cake. :) Looks delicious!!


Cookie and Kate June 25, 2012 at 8:58 am

Smudge is the cutest. That sure looks like a pretty cake in a pie tin to me, so don’t worry, I think she likes cake more than she knows. :)


Riley June 25, 2012 at 9:13 am

Cake AND pie in one bite? Count me in!


Cassie June 25, 2012 at 9:44 am

Yellow cake + chocolate frosting is such a classic for me. Love the mousse addition!


Rachel @ Baked by Rachel June 25, 2012 at 9:58 am

I love love love this and who cares if it’s slightly cheaterish – if it’s delicious and made with love that’s what matters… right?


DessertForTwo June 25, 2012 at 11:59 am

Pie is my birthday choice, too! But a pie/cake combo is irresistible!


Julia June 25, 2012 at 1:11 pm

Why must kids be so stubborn. My kid won’t eat sweet potatoes, even as fries. I thought about trading her in… but then she ate ice cream and liked it. She’s a keeper.
And your daughter, seriously, darling!!!! How sophisticated for her to like pie.


Lauren at Keep It Sweet June 25, 2012 at 1:36 pm

Gorgeous photos as usual! I never liked birthday cake growing up… and didn’t like frosting at all, craziness! This looks like a fabulous compromise for a busy day!


Kathryn June 25, 2012 at 1:42 pm

How can anyone not like cake? How is that even possible? I like your compromise though, that’s some clever momming.


Sarah | Chic Sprinkles June 25, 2012 at 1:55 pm

Looks gorgeous and super festive! You’re just too awesome!


Holly W June 25, 2012 at 2:03 pm

what a beautiful cake-pie. I’m glad you were able to convince your kiddo that a cake shaped like a pie was a good choice.


Krista June 25, 2012 at 3:51 pm

Love it! And it looks simple enough that maybe even I can whip it together. I’m gonna pull this out of my hat for the 4th when we are back in Michigan visiting the in-laws!! They’ll be so impressed :)


Laura (Tutti Dolci) June 25, 2012 at 5:01 pm

This looks amazing (and definitely a good way to expose Smudge to some serious cake :))!


Karista @Karista's Kitchen June 25, 2012 at 9:04 pm

Heidi, The yellow cake pie is fantastic, but I think Smudge wins the award for most adorable!


Cookin' Canuck June 25, 2012 at 9:45 pm

What a cute idea! Smudge must have been thrilled. She is such an adorable birthday girl!


Jen June 25, 2012 at 10:44 pm

You had me at cake pie!


Maria June 26, 2012 at 11:48 am

I am not a cake girl either. I always celebrate with cookies:) Love this dessert! And what cutie pie you have! Love her!


Wendy@chezchloe June 26, 2012 at 2:49 pm

Cake pie… what a great idea. Can I still eat it with ice cream!


Jessie June 26, 2012 at 3:20 pm

A cake pie? With chocolate mousse? Sounds like the perfect dessert for indecisive people like me. :) thanks!


Sneh | Cook Republic June 26, 2012 at 8:46 pm

Maybe your daughter has been conspiring with my son and together they have formed Cake Haters Anonymous?? (see my birthday cake woes here He first had a birthday cake on his own 7th birthday last year!! Never before that .. EVER! I am so crushing on your cake pie .. what a brilliant idea! Happy birthday to your princess, hope she enjoyed the gorgeous sweet creation her mum made :-)


heidi June 27, 2012 at 10:09 am

Hi Sneh! What are we going to do with these kids that don’t like cake for birthdays? My nephew is the same way too, his birthday request each year is pumpkin pie!


marla June 26, 2012 at 9:30 pm

Oh Heidi ~ this post is precious. That pie cake thingy looks like it could swoon any non cake person. Your daughter is ADORABLE!!! Happy b’day to her :)


LP @dishclips June 26, 2012 at 9:49 pm

This looks easy to make and the best part is eating it.


Brian @ A Thought For Food June 27, 2012 at 5:22 pm

SO INCREDIBLY FESTIVE! I love it! I just want to stick my hand out and grab a piece!


myrtle August 3, 2012 at 1:29 am

Oh my! That makes me drool.=D


Kate October 9, 2012 at 8:54 am

The cake looks amazing and your daughter is beautiful!


Jennifer June 29, 2013 at 1:48 pm

I saw this on a 4th of July roundup and just had to pin it. I hope you’ll share your best post of the week on my Friday Flash Blog Linky Party going on ALL weekend at The Jenny Evolution.



heidi June 26, 2013 at 4:53 pm

Oh wow! Thank you so much for including my cake for such a special occasion. My daughter and now all of her friends have made it a collective favorite!


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