From Just Add Magic: Potion Problems, available this fall.



  • 1 stick butter, melted
  • 4 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 1 c buttermilk
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 c premade vanilla pudding
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 3 drops red food coloring
  • 1 box butter-flavored cake mix
  • 1 tsp. cocoa powder
  • 1 can or jar raspberry or strawberry pie filling
  • 1 can butter or cream cheese frosting


  1. Blend melted butter, softened cream cheese, buttermilk, eggs, pudding, vanilla, and food coloring with a hand mixer. Add cake mix and cocoa powder. Blend thoroughly until the batter is a rich red. Add additional food coloring if necessary. Divide evenly into two greased cake pans. Bake at 350-degrees until cooked through. (Time will depend on your pan; approx. 20 minutes for a 9-inch baking pan.)
  2. Let cakes cool, then remove from pans.
  3. Spread pie filling on top of one cake, then place the second cake on top of the filling.
  4. Cover entire cake with frosting.