Cake mixes…but not just making plain ol’ cake

Using readymade ingredients can make life easier if you are limited on time.  Here are a few recipes that call for cake mixes as one of the main ingredients, but you don’t follow the directions on the box.

Red Velvet Bread

Oven: 350  Bake time: 45-50 min  Yield: 2 loaves

  • 1 box red velvet cake mix
  • 1 pkg. instant vanilla pudding (I used sugar free)
  • 1/3 c oil
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 c. sour cream (I used fat free yogurt)

Combine ingredients and beat for 2 minutes.  Place batter into 2 well greased loaf pans.  Bake at 350 for 45-50 minutes.  Let cool in pan 10 minutes then remove and cool completely.

*Note you can also use a lemon cake mix with lemon pudding.

 This next recipe has rave reviews from my 5 year old, who requests the cookies be made into ice cream sandwiches.  He even had to bring a batch to daycare for his birthday and has requested them numerous times since.

Choose a cake mix cookies

Oven: 375  Bake time: 8-10 min   Yield: 7 dozen

  • 1 package cake mix (your choice of flavor)
  • 2/3 c butter, melted
  • 2 eggs
  • 12 oz package chocolate chips (or white if you prefer)

In large bowl combine all but chocolate chips; mix well.  The dough will be stiff.  Stir in chocolate chips.  Place on cookie sheet and bake at 375 for 8 to 10 minutes or until golden brown.  Cool 2 minutes on cookie sheet then a wire rack. 

*Note I have used funfetti cake mix with chocolate chips.  The picture is a german chocolate cake mix with white chocolate chips.  I then placed mint chocolate chip ice cream in between 2 cookies for homemade ice cream sandwiches. 

 I like to make treats for my sons to share at daycare, however one of the children has an egg allergy.  I received these recipes from my cousin and now this is the only way that I make cake or cupcakes.  No more having to worry if I have eggs or oil on hand and they are lower in fat and calories!

Cake with Soda (Pop)

Spice Cake & Diet Coke cake

  • One package Spice Cake
  • One 12 oz can Diet Coke

Combine ingredients, pour into greased 13×9 pan (or make 24 cupcakes) bake according to instructions.

 Other combinations:

  • Lemon with 7 UP CAKE
  • Chocolate and Cherry Soft Drink Cake
  • Lemon with Diet Mountain Dew
  • Spice or Carrot with Fresca
  • Chocolate with Diet Dr. Pepper
  • Red Velvet Mix with Diet Coke
  • Strawberry with Diet Sprite

 Of course cake is not complete without frosting.  Thanks to a former co-worker, S.D-K whom introduced me to this awesome alternative to sugary-store bought frosting.

Cool Whip Frosting

  • 1 c milk
  • 1 pkg. instant pudding (flavor of your choice)
  • 1 t vanilla
  • 1 (8 oz) Cool Whip

Mix together milk, pudding, and vanilla.  Whisk in cool whip.  Frost cake or cup cakes.  Make sure to store in the fridge.

*Note: you can use vanilla, chocolate or any flavor of pudding you would like.  I use sugar free pudding, skim milk and lite cool whip.

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