Cake mix is a wonderful thing. Although some would argue that “from scratch” is always better, you can also create scrumptious indulgences with pre-packaged cake mixes like Betty Crocker and White Wings. On the box are always easy baking tips and recipes to modify any mix. You can also get creative and experiment with your own inspirations.
Pre-packaged cake mixes can be used for cup cake recipes simply by baking in cup cake tins with paper or foil liners. Layer cakes, bundt cakes, oblong, square, or moulded pans of any shape can all be used by following package directions for different baking times.
Some cake mixes come with directions on the box to make sandwich cookies from the mix using frosting as filling. These cookies have a cake-like texture and are quite delicious. Basic carrot cake mixes generally include directions on the box for adding carrots, pineapple, nuts, and coconut.
Any yellow or butter cake can be transformed into a pineapple upside-down cake when you arrange pineapple slices, cherries, butter, and brown sugar on the bottom of a 13 x 9′ pan and then cover with mix. After baking and cooling, invert the pan on a platter and remove the cake.
Easy baking tips include adding unusual extracts to a cake mix. Amaretto, almond, anise, or coconut essence gives a new twist to white cakes. Mocha, hazelnut, or maple add depth to chocolate cakes and cup cake recipes. Butter cakes take on new expression with banana, eggnog, lemon, or pineapple flavouring. Use your imagination!
Another way to create with cake mix is to add extras like chocolate chips or chopped nuts. On the cake mix box is a toll-free number to call if you have questions. Call the number for recipe modifications. Generally when adding something like chocolate chips, you’ll need to adjust the amount of water. The experts on the hot line will be happy to give you specifics.
Create a yummy confection when you bake a cake mix in two 9′ round pans. After cooling, use a bread knife to slice the rounds into four layers. Prepare flavoured instant pudding like pistachio as a filling, spread between layers, then frost top and sides. Chill until serving.
Try this easy butter cake recipe for a simple and crowd-pleasing treat:
Combine 1 box yellow or butter cake mix, 1 egg, 1 stick melted butter and spread in lightly greased 13 x 9′ pan. Beat 8 oz. soft cream cheese until smooth, add 1 stick melted butter, 1 tsp. vanilla, and 2 eggs. Beat until smooth. Add one 16 oz. box powdered sugar, mix well, and spread on top of cake batter. Bake at 350 degrees for 40 – 50 minutes. The middle will be soft. Don’t over bake!