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Gooey Pudding From Cake Mix?

I make desserts for a church feeding program. The easiest and most economical thing to make is cakes from cake mix, but our guests (who don't get much that's nice) love gooey (wet, creamy) desserts like puddings. So I am thinking that it should be possible to convert a box of cake mix into some kind of a baked pudding that could be somewhat wet and gooey. The "Cake Doctor" book doesn't have what I'm looking for and googling hasn't turned up anything either. I will experiment by upping eggs, liquid, and oil, but before I embark on a wheel-reinvention program, does anyone already have a recipe that converts cake mix into a gooey baked pudding?

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  1. I don't know about the cake mix, but I just made an economical gooey pudding - Indian pudding. It's a baked cornmeal mush flavored with milk, molasses, and ginger.

    1. Use a big pan and undercook it? Sub some milk for the water?

      1. Instead of starting from cake mix, can you get instant pudding mix? That will take you straight to pudding instead of trying to work with cake mix.

        Or if you want something more cake like, try making a pudding cake. Several recipes in this old thread,
        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/452301

        1. What about Dump Cake? It's an old cheap-and-easy potluck recipe that might do the trick - and it's easy to adapt the flavors.

          1. I agree on the slight undercooking of a cake mix cake; it usually yields a wetter consistancy. Another option is to mix in some pureed fruit with the mix before baking...I like to puree some applesauce or canned peaches and mix it with boxed yellow or white cake mix and add some extract (vanilla, almond, etc) and bake in a casserole dish. Sometimes I'll make a streusel with flour, butter, brown sugar, oatmeal and chopped nuts if I have them to sprinkle over the top before baking.

            And then, there's rice pudding which is pretty inexpensive to make...I use powdered milk for the fresh because it's less expensive and because I always seem to have a stockpile....