Many people view using store bought cake mix as cheating. However if you use it as an ingredient you can turn your store bought cake mix into something truly unique. Here are a few ideas to help you mix things up with cake mix.
Black Forest Fabulous: Prepare a chocolate cake mix as per the instructions and allow to cool. Slice each layer into two layers so you have four layers altogether. Place the first layer on a cake stand and cover with half a tin of cherry pie filling. Add the second layer and add a dollop of fresh whipped cream and a shaving of milk or dark chocolate. Place the third layer on top and add the remaining cherry pie filling. Add the final layer and finish with whipped cream. Decorate with shaved chocolate and if you like some maraschino cherries or jarred brandied cherries. Store in the fridge until you are ready to serve. It is messy to serve, but no one will mind as it is so delish.
Raspberry Coconut Delight: Buy a white or yellow cake mix and add a ½ cup of shredded coconut preferably unsweetened to the mix. Prepare batter and bake as per the instructions. Allow to cool. Place the bottom layer on a cake stand and add a half a cup of seedless raspberry jam. Place the top layer on top and then frost the cake with your favourite vanilla butter cream recipe substituting the vanilla and milk with coconut milk. Add toasted coconut to the sides of the cake and decorate the top with fresh large shreds of toasted coconut and fresh raspberries.
→ Our recipe for Chocolate Fudge Bundt Cake with Peppermint Ganache is perfect for the holidays!
Upside Down Cake: Prepare a white or yellow cake batter for this recipe. In the bottom of the baking pan add ¼ cup of brown sugar with two tablespoons of melted butter evenly. Add a layer of canned pineapple rings and if you like fill the holes with additional pineapple or maraschino cherries. Add your cake batter and bake as per the instructions. The cake usually comes free of the pan without issue but you can use a Teflon pan to be safe. You can actually use canned peaches or pears instead if you like.
Cream Pie: Cake mix can be transformed into a delicious crust ideal for cream pies. Use a white, chocolate or yellow cake mix and add ¾ cups of melted butter. Push it into your pie plate and bake for about 15 minutes. Allow it to cool. Then prepare one of the following fillings and chill:
Banana Cream: Prepare a vanilla pudding mix. Add sliced bananas to the pie crust and then add the pudding. Top with home made whipped cream and decorate with shaved chocolate and drizzled caramel.
Chocolate Brownie: Prepare a chocolate pudding mix. Add chopped one bite chocolate brownies and fill a chocolate pie crust prepared as above. Decorate with fresh whipped cream, small brownie pieces and shaved chocolate.
→ Check out our recipe for Raspberry Chocolate Brownies here!
Citrus Chiffon: Prepare vanilla pudding mix with the zest of one orange, lime or lemon. You can add drop of orange liqueur if you wish. Add zest and a splash of juice to home made whipped cream. Place pudding in the crust of your choice and top with whipped cream. Decorate with white or dark chocolate shavings depending on the crust you use.
Coconut Cream: Prepare vanilla pudding with ½ cup of shredded coconut and substituting milk with coconut milk. Add to your choice of white, yellow or chocolate crust. Top with fresh whipped cream, toasted coconut and shaved chocolate when using a chocolate crust.
You can prepare these delicious desserts for rave revues and save time without sacrificing flavour.