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Jan 18, 2007 04:59 PM

Doctoring up a cake mix

I know, I know, i should make it from scratch, but i don't have the time or the energy (or the ingredients)
So I have in my pantry some cake mixes
1 devil's food cake mix
1 swiss chocolate mix
1 french vanilla mix
1 plain white cake mix

I also have some cherry liqueur, several boxes of unsweetened chocolate, Vanilla wafers, ladyfingers, oreo crumbs, chocolate hazelnut spread, a little bit of rum..a few other things i'm sure

Any ideas?

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  1. Do you have pudding or cream cheese?

    If so, I would crunch up the oreo crumbs in the pudding and make that the filling for the cake (I am a french vanilla fan), and make a cream cheese frosting (possibly swirled with some melted chocolate).

    A real sugar bomb, but yum! What's the cake for?

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    1. re: Heatherb

      hmm, no cream cheese but i do have chocolate and butterscotch puddings! maybe i will do that with one of them.
      Any ideas for the devils food? i like devils food. i LOVE devils food.

    2. Devils food mix
      1 cup Sour cream
      3 oz box choc pudding
      12 oz choc chips
      1/2 cup water
      1/2 cup veg oil
      4 eggs

      Combine all ingredients with an electric mixer for 4 minutes. Put in a greased bundt pan and bake at 350 degress for an hour. Cool for an hour before inverting on a cake plate. Sprinkle with powdered sugar.

      To Die for!!!!!

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      1. re: chickstein

        I second this-I've tried it and it is so good, very rich-no need for frosting. I do have one suggestion though, add some (1 T.) espresso liquid or instant coffee powder/flakes.

        1. re: chickstein

          i don't have a bundt pan..would it work in cake tins as well?

          1. re: RiJaAr

            I don't know. It should (haven't tried it)...
            It is a very dense and moist cake made like this. If you don't have a bundt pan, how about cupcakes? Or a loaf pan?

        2. Do you have any ice cream? My sister once made a wonderful bundt cake from just cake mix, eggs, and a pint of ice cream. She used yellow cake and coffee ice cream, but I'll bet any flavor combination would work.

          The cream cheese/sour cream frosting isn't required, but sure is good!


          1. OH! I made cupcakes for a friend's birthday nearly two years ago with doctored Devil's Food Cake Mix. I always use buttermilk instead of the recommended water when making a cake mix cake, it gives an extra moistness and tang that tastes homemade. Sometimes I need a little more than the volume of water called for because buttermilk is rich and gloppy.

            After I made the cake batter for these I half-filled paper-lined muffin trays. I had a bag of mixed frozen berries in the freezer and defrosted them, and put a teaspoon in each cupcake, and then more batter on top to cover. I had to bake quite a bit longer than usual because of the wet fruit.

            I always insist that if I take shortcuts and make a cake mix cake, I have to make icing from scratch, so I set out to make a simple chocolate buttercream enhanced with some booze. But then I realized I had all this fruity juicy syrup from the melted berries, and I decided to throw that in the icing. Oh my gosh, so delicious, and a very unusual flavor.

            The whole thing was kind of a disaster, but an excellent and tasty one. It would have been much better if I hadn't started making the cupcakes two hours before I had to be at a party that was 45 minutes away (hahaha). And they would have been much better if it hadn't been a meltingly hot (butter cream?) summer day. But they tasted great and people are still emailing me for the "recipe" and this is more than a year later.

            1. What about a recipe using the kirsch? maybe a cherry chocolate cake? or cherry vanilla?