Saturday, July 14, 2012


I baked a cake today.  It was supposed to be for some friends that were coming over for cards tonight but they canceled due to someone not feeling well.

We ate it without them.

I found the recipe online for how to take a store bought cake mix and make it taste like a gourmet cake from a fancy bakery.

Woah, did it ever work!

The cake turned out amazing.  It was scrumptious.

Normally, when I bake cakes, I use my 9 x 13 glass dish but today I not only wanted to try the new recipe, but I wanted to have some fun with it too. 

First off, the recipe called for 1 cake mix.  Instead of using water, I substituted milk.  Then, in place of the oil, I used double the amount that the box recipe called for of butter.  I believe the recipe called for 1/3 cup of oil so I used 2/3 cup of melted butter.  The last thing is to add one more egg than what the box recipe calls for.  

I decided to have a little fun and make 4 different layers.  The top layer has no food coloring in it.  The second layer has a little blue and red.  With each layer, I added a little more blue and red to make my graduated purple cake!

Since I was making smaller layers and I could only find 1 of my round cake pans, I baked each one separately for 12 minutes at 350.  I didn't use exact measurements for how much batter in each layer as I should have but I had a 6 year old begging me to finish the cake faster.

It still turned out nice.  And the taste is fantastic!  You would have thought this cake came from a fancy bakery.

You probably still would if I hadn't have used paper plates to serve it on.  But hey, that's how I roll.

The only thing I would do different is the icing.  I bought a whipped icing and it didn't spread very easily and didn't seem like there was enough icing in the container.  

Duncan Hines, I think I was shorted.

In the future, I will make all of my cakes with this recipe.  I just need to practice my layers and find my other round cake pans.  

I was informed I'm doing this again for The Teenager's birthday but he wants rainbow colors.  

Maybe I need to practice more.

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