I cannot live without books.-Thomas Jefferson

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Making Mix Magic

    I was so excited when I heard there was a new cake mix doctor book!  I loved the first three, especially the cupcake one, because, well, who doesn't love cupcakes?  The new book,  The Cake Mix Doctor Returns, has 160 all-new recipes, two of which I tried this weekend.  But pretty much all of them sound delicious!  There's something for everyone, from brownies to bundt cakes, sheet cakes and cupcakes.  Even a wedding cake, if you're a bride on a budget.
    I made the Peanut Butter Brownies and the German Chocolate Cake with Cheesecake Pockets.  First up, the brownies.  Like all the recipes, this one was pretty easy.  First you added a few key ingredients to a regular fudge brownie mix.  Then you spread about half that batter in a pan, add a layer of sweetened condensed milk and melted chocolate chips, and then the rest of the brownie batter. 
They are supposed to bake 28 to 32 minutes, but in the case of my oven, I think they required a little more time or a higher temp. They came out extremely gooey, and not at all like the picture in the book!
Then I made the German Chocolate Cake with Cheesecake Pockets.  These were extremely easy!  Add a couple things to a German Chocolate cake mix and put it in a pan.
Then you just mix up some cream cheese, butter, powdered sugar, coconut and pecans.  You drop that mixture on top of the cake batter by spoonfuls and bake it for about 45 minutes.
When it comes out, you can barely tell the cheesecake stuff is there, but it is super moist and has gooey coconutty pockets all through it.  I'm not sure if it's what I would call a cake because it doesn't have frosting, but it is very yummy!

I definitely recommend checking out a Cake Mix Doctor book.  My favorite recipe of all is from the cupcake book: the Red Velvet Cupcakes with White Chocolate Peppermint Cream Cheese Frosting.  They are the best cupcakes ever!

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