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Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Time to share a Recipe

As I was looking at all the cool new posts, I realized we don't yet have any recipes among them. So I decided to share with you my super easy, always turn out good, fall back on in a pinch, recipe. It is a combination of two recipes I got from some of my friends and then I make my own variations. You're welcome to put your own twist on it, because, as you will see, once you get going with the ideas, you can make this dessert for any occasion.

The Easiest Party Cake Ever

Combine together in large bowl, and mix with hand mixer until smooth:
1 box cake mix
1 box pudding mix
4 eggs
1 cup water
1/2 cup oil
1/2 cup sour cream
Pour into a very well greased bundt pan, and bake at 350 degrees for one hour. Cool and frost.

Now for the interesting part:
For Decadent Chocolate Cake: use choc. fudge cake mix and chocolate pudding mix, and add 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips. After baking, use a thick chocolate frosting to top it off or a smooth chocolate glaze. (you can also add 1/4 tsp. peppermint extract if you like mint)
For Lemon Poppy Seed Cake: use lemon cake mix, lemon pudding mix, and 1 Tbsp of poppy seeds. Top with a simple glaze flavored with a few drops of lemon juice.
For Almond Poppy Seed Cake: use white cake mix, vanilla pudding mix, 1 Tbsp of poppy seeds and 1/2 tsp almond extract. Top with either a vanilla pudding cream frosting or a vanilla glaze.
For Harvest Spice Cake: use a spice cake mix, pumpkin spice pudding mix (only available during Thanksgiving, so stock up!) and also add 1/2 cup unsweetened apple sauce as this cake is a little heavier than the others. Frost with rich cream cheese frosting.
For Heavenly Strawberry Cake: use strawberry cake mix, strawberry creme pudding mix, and frost with strawberry mist frosting. (I like to make this when families with all girls come over, as my boys would just die if I dared to "embarrass" them with a pink cake... :)

The cake will always turn out and it looks great because of the bundt pan (if you use other shapes it won't turn out as well, sorry), and it will be super moist and yummy. And because it only takes about 6-8 minutes to fix, and you can do more important things while this is in the oven.......... like beading, and sewing, and scrapbooking, etc.