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Accidentally bought a cherry chip cake mix. What can I do with it?

I foolishly grabbed 3 on sale cake mixes off the shelf thinking they were all chocolate fudge like the first one. Now I have a cherry chip, the only mix I don't like and don't have a "fix" for. Can anyone help me?

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  1. Make it and give it away. Or donate the box of mix to a local food pantry.

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      1. re: toodie jane

        great idea wyogal

        drs office
        elementary school
        local supermarket
        police station

        my husband had surgery yesterday and I made then took the clinicians there 2 bags of cookies. 2 different kinds. it doesn't matter what you make there is always an appreciative group would be welcome your sweets. and if they don't want them, after you're gone they can toss it and you never know.

      2. re: wyogal

        +1 on wyogal's post. Or you can always save it for a bake sale as well. It's not like you have to make it today :-)

      3. If it's from a brand with which you are usually pleased with their flavors, take a risk and try making it with a cream cheese frosting. If you don't like it, well, the world won't end. But if you do, you will have expanded your dessert horizons.

        1. You can make great cookies with it.

          1. Make a dump cake. An old recipe that I believe originated for campers to make over a fire. Anyway, my mom made what was called a red and gold dump cake. Here's my memory of the recipe.

            Two cans of pie filling, she used apple and cherry. Given the cherry chip cake mix I'd go with at least one cherry or you could do the whole thing cherry. In a 10x15-inch pan put one can of pie filling on one half and the other on the other half. Top with the dry cake mix. Don't add anything to it, just dry right out of the package, sprinkle it all over the.) Add some chopped nuts if you wish but that's totally optional. Cut up one stick (1.2 cup) of butter into small pieces and drop over the cake mix. Don't stir anything. Bake at 350 until browned and bubbly, maybe 25-30 minutes.

            Some of the cake mix remains kind of dry, it's supposed to be that way. It's kind of like a fruit crisp. You spoon it out hot into dishes and serve with whipped cream or ice cream.

            Look up dump cake on the web and you will find other variations. This is how I remember my mom making it!

            1. Take it back with your receipt and exchange it, if the store is not far away. Otherwise, use cherry filling and chocolate frosting. Add rum to the batter. Or google "ooey gooey cake" recipes. There are a lot of variations but they use a cake mix as a cookie-ish crust for a sort of shallow cheesecake.

              1. Wow, I haven't seen those in years and it used to be my sisters go to bday cake since she doesn't like chocolate - where did you accidentally buy it ?

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                1. re: Bean Counter

                  at Basics. Too far to take back as the $5 bus fare is more than the cake mix! LOL
                  Thanks for all your replies. I actually thought this hadn't posted because my touchpad froze in th middle of posting, so I apologize for the delay in answering!

                  1. re: dianne0712

                    Can you just sift out the chips? Then you'd have regular cake mix, wouldn't you? Or, just save it for the next time you go to the store. It's not going to go bad.

                2. If you don't take it bake, I'll bet it would make cute cake pops. These suggestions don't help, though, if you don't like the flavor of the cake. There's no way to really hide it and why bother if you don't have to?

                  1. I bought this once for my kid and frosted it with simple butter/confectioner's sugar frosting. If you have maraschino cherries on hand maybe add some of the syrup to the frosting.The cupcakes tasted fine in small doses. I personally wouldn't chase after this by adding more things I don't much like (bad cherry pie filling) because I think it would just be over the top... and I can't see wasting good chocolate on it either. It just has a very particular flavour.

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                    1. re: julesrules

                      I was thinking more of strong flavours to mask the taste. Chocolate maybe? Like a boston cream pie maybe.