How to Cut a Cake into More Slices for a Crowd

We’re going to get cakey this week.  Today, I have a tip for cutting more slices out of a layer cake.

Tomorrow, we’ve got Ingredient Spotlight: Cake Mix (I can’t wait for this one!)

And Thursday, I’ve got a recipe for cake mix cookies that’s lightened up a bit to make them less of a splurge, but still a delicious treat.

How to cut a cake for a crowd

Have you ever had a large group of people over and only had one layer cake to serve?

If you’ve got enough warning, you could make cupcakes instead.  Or bake two cakes.

But I prefer this tip instead.

My dad was raised in a family with 10 kids, so they  always needed a way to make food stretch.  In order to get plenty of slices, they used this method of cake cutting.

And if anyone in that family is reading this post, you’re wondering why I didn’t make banana cake and if that is coffee icing on the cake in the photos.  My grandma’s homemade banana cake is a pain in the patootie to make, so I tend to make this sheet cake with coffee icing instead.

The cake and frosting in these photos is from The Cake Mix Doctor (Mom’s Yellow Cake with Fluffy Chocolate Frosting – it’s one of my favorites).  [Read more…]

Hot Fudge and Caramel Chocolate Poke Cake

This is one of those recipes that you’ve probably seen before.  It goes by different names – Holy Cow Cake, Butterfinger Cake etc.  Most of the recipes I’ve seen use sweetened condensed milk.

I like to bump up the yum, by using a jar of hot fudge and a jar of caramel topping.

I made this for my 14 year old son’s birthday a few weeks ago.  He likes to ask for labor-intensive cakes, but had somehow weasled two birthday cakes out of me this year.  So, instead of making the Cannoli Cake he asked for, I made this.

He was happy, because how can you not be happy with chocolate cake infused with caramel and hot fudge?  And I was happy because it’s super simple to make.

Here’s what you’ll need:   [Read more…]

27 Things to Do With Cake Mix

The best cookies, bars and cakes that start with a cake mix.

When I first got married, I didn’t know how to cook, but I did know how to follow directions on a cake mix.   I’d fix a lousy dinner with a 9×13 cake for dessert.

Jim and I would still be hungry after the pitiful dinner, so we’d eat half the cake.  No kidding.  It wasn’t healthy, but it was cheap.  It worked for us then, since we were college students.

I’ve come a long way since then, but I still love a cake mix.  It’s a fast way to make all kinds of cookies, bars, cakes of all types…  The possibilities are endless.

Cake Mix Cookies and Bars

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Pina Colada Cookies

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Lemon Pineapple Cookies with Pineapple Glaze

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Double Chocolate Coconut Cookies

chai latte cake mix cookies done

Spiced Chai Cookies with Vanilla Cream Frosting

butter brickle cookies done

Butter Brickle Pecan Cookies

strawberry lemonade cookies done

Strawberry Lemonade Cookies with Pink Lemonade Frosting

gooey turtle bars done

Gooey Turtle Bars

Apple Pecan Toffee Bars

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Tuxedo Bars with Buttercream Frosting

Cakes

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Streusel Cake

Maraschino Cherry Cake

Maraschino Cherry Cake

Cherry Limeade Cake - maraschino cherry cake with limeade frosting

 

Cherry Limeade Cake

Apple Cider Cake

Cherry Coffee Cake

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Double Chocolate Bundt Cake

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Apple Spice Cake with Caramel Glaze

Coconut Cake

Pudding Cake

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Old Fashioned Spice Cake with Caramel Glaze

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Pineapple Upside Down Cake in the Slow Cooker 

strawberry chocolate chip cake done

Strawberry Chocolate Chip Cake with Strawberry Icing

German Chocolate Upside Down Cake

Apricot Pound Cake

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Peach Pound Cake with Peach Nectar Glaze

Chocolate Cake with Peanut Butter Frosting

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Chocolate Cake with Cappuccino Frosting

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Pound Cake from a Mix and 10 Ways to Top It

How do you like to fix up a cake mix?

 

 

Spiced Chai Latte Cake Mix Cookies with Vanilla Cream Frosting

If you like chai, you will like these cookies.  They are spiced and go perfectly with the vanilla cream frosting.

I love cake mix cookies and this one combines the cake mix with spiced chai latte mix.  The cookies are soft and full of flavor.

Here’s what you’ll need:  [Read more…]

Pound Cake from a Mix + 10 Ways to Top It

You are going to want to check in here on Friday, because that’s when I’m sharing the ultimate way to top this pound cake.  Sorry to tease you like that, but it was truly scrumptious (not to be confused with the character in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang).

However, we managed to only eat half of this pound cake so I put the rest in the freezer for another time.  And that had me thinking of other ways to top this versatile cake.

I’ll add the recipe for Pound Cake from a Mix at the end of the post.  First, let’s get to some delicious toppings.  [Read more…]

Pina Colada Cake Mix Cookies

Pineapple and coconut baked into a soft cookie.  Complete with pineapple-coconut glaze.  Sounds like a summer treat to me!

I love cake mixes.  They are so versatile.  Cake mix cookies are one of my favorite things to make with a boxed mix.  It’s near instant gratification for your sweet tooth.

Here’s what you’ll need:  [Read more…]

Peach Pound Cake with Peach Nectar Glaze

You may have noticed over the last few days that my site has been slooooooow.  I couldn’t even get it to load for me in order to write a post or approve a comment.  So frustrating.  But I’ve switched hosting companies (switch should be complete sometime today) and hopefully, the site will work fantastically from now on.  Thanks for your patience while we were having problems!

Now for the cake.  This is a peach variation on the Apple Spice Cake.  It starts with a cake mix and a can of peach pie filling.  The result is a moist cake studded with peaches and drizzled with a sweet, peachy glaze.

Here’s what you’ll need:  [Read more…]

Streusel Cake

This is my sister’s absolute favorite birthday cake.  The moist, yellow cake is marbled with sweet, cinnamon swirl.

It’s easy to make too, because it starts with a cake mix.  Have I ever mentioned how much I love cake mix?

Here’s what you’ll need:  [Read more…]

Lemon Pineapple Cake Mix Cookies with Pineapple Glaze

What to do with the lemon cake mix hanging out in my pantry?  Cookies, of course!

This was an experiment.  I wasn’t at all sure how the crushed pineapple would work in a cookie made from cake mix.  I was afraid it would be too much liquid.  But they turned out wonderfully.  Soft and lemony with a sunny flavor.

Here’s what you’ll need:

[Read more…]

Maraschino Cherry Cake

Isn’t that the prettiest pink cake?

I’m not known for beautiful cakes.  They usually turn out lopsided with crumbs in the frosting.  So I’m really happy with how this turned out.

The idea is not my own.  I saw the Cherry Vanilla Cake on Jam Hands and couldn’t resist trying it.  I altered Ali’s recipe in several ways.  She used the seeds of a vanilla bean, which sounds scrumptious, but I didn’t have any.  I swapped water for milk and butter for oil.

And I decided to frost it with whipped topping.  My original plan was to use Cool Whip, but then I remembered a recipe shared a few weeks ago on Ingredient Spotlight for homemade whipped topping.  That’s what I decided to try and I’ll share the recipe on on Thursday. [Read more…]

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