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Jun 3, 2007 03:29 PM

New to baking- need to bring a cake/brownies

Would like to begin making my own desserts. If you know of a nearly foolproof recipe with few ingredients; which may only require a hand mixer, please send it on!

Not happy with most cake mixes but will keep an open mind if you suggest adaptations.

Thanks, in advance, for your suggestions!

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  1. you could do almost anything with a boxed brownie mix. if i have to use one, i'll throw in nuts, choc chips a little vanilla and about a tsp or so of instant ground coffe(mix with a drop or two of water). the coffee really brings out the choc flavor

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    1. re: winebarb

      Exactly what I do! They are great and peole beg for the recipe! Sometimes in addition to 1/2 a bag of choc chips, I also add about 1/2 a bag of hersheys kisses with almonds. Also add a half a capful of almond extract.

      1. re: winebarb

        Another good addition to a good brownie mix (the truffle ones from trader joe's are great) is a spice mix of ginger, ground chipotle and cinnamon to make Mexican brownies. Or top with Nutella and chopped hazelnuts.

        1. re: Emme

          These are the best I have ever tasted.

          1. re: Emme

            You can cut the recipe in half to fit a 9 by 13 inch pan, a size much more common to home cooks. I would strongly recommend that you make brownies rather than a cake. They're a little more forgiving than many cake recipes, although you definitely don't want to overbake brownies. Cakes require a little more technique, generally gained by experience, unless you have an incredibly detailed cookbook, like Rose Levy Beranbaum's, for instance. They're also easier and always popular. Good luck!

          2. Because of recommendations here, I bought a box of Trader Joes Brownie Truffle Mix, don't think I'll ever make from scratch again. Gotta get back there and buy a dozen or two. I did add a spoonful of Kahlua because I had it around, but!

            1. I really like the "man-catcher" brownies, discussed here:

              But my favoritest brownies of all are Dorie Greenspan's (Baking From My Home to Yours) are the Chipster Topped Brownies.

              1. Ina Garten's outrageous brownies are very easy to make and make a lot. I pour half of the brownie mix in the pan without nuts, then add nuts to the remaining batter and pour into the other half of the pan. They are great, everyone loves them. But cut them small as they are very rich. Also start them the day before, because they have to be refridgerated.
                The Tj's truffle brownie mix are really good too, but if you want from scratch the above doesn't take long and is easy.