Thursday, December 22, 2011

Better Cake Mixes


Ever wish those boxed cake mixes were a bit bulkier and bigger?  In a pinch, occasionally, I use cake mixes and when that happens I like to add a few ingredients along with the required ones to stretch it a bit and make it a little more worth the effort. With 3 big boys around, (2 in the neighborhood of 6', they like to remind me they are now taller than both their parents ☺), baking a cake mix without adding these ingredients seems a bit like a "bandaid" for the cookie jar. Try it sometime and let me know what you think.

1 cake mix (any flavor) with required ingredients +
¾ cup flour (AP)
½ cup sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/3 cup water
1 egg
1 Tablespoon oil

Mix all together and pour into a greased 12x15 bar pan and bake according to package directions.


 Ice with desired icing, Butter Cream and Chocolate are my favorites, depending on the cake flavor.


 This usually buys me a bit of time till I have time to bake something they really like.☺

Be Blessed!

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12 comments:

  1. I've done this with biscuits too---just did it this morning, using a store bought mix (it was a back up), added in some more flour, some yeast (I like the fluffy way it comes out), and some milk powder, a little water, and it produced very nicely for our family of biscuit eaters!

    Great minds think alike!!

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  2. That sounds easy enough, might have to try that sometime. Thanks Angie!

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  3. That is a wonderful thing to know! I usually bake from scratch, but do occasionally pick up a cake mix if it's on clearance.

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  4. This is a wonderful tip. Thanks for sharing.

    ~Mrs. Delightful
    ourdelightfulhome.blogspot.com

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  5. That's a great idea... I think boxed cake mixes are a bit "skimpy" these days too.
    Merry Christmas!
    Rainey @ The Project Table

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  6. Wonderful...a cake in a pinch :)

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  7. What a great idea! Will surely try it out. Thanks for sharing. Happy holidays.

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  8. Good to know! Your cookie jar bandaid comment cracked me up. It's hard to keep hungry boys happy, isn't it? Especially tall, hungry boys!
    Have a truly wonderful and blessed Christmas, Martha!

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  9. What a great idea for adding a homemade element to cake mix. I always have a box or two in my pantry for last-minute projects. I'll definitely have to give your recipe a try -- the crumb looks perfect!

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  11. Very interesting idea, Martha, and I can see where you're coming from with it, considering your handsome helpers :)). I haven't tried boxed cake mix, but then again, I can't compare to you in terms of family's food demands. I'll experiment with cake mix and see what I can come up with.

    Happy New Year and best wishes for a healthy, prosperous 2012!

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