On my birthday, I received a lovely present from my San Franciso based friend, Nell. It’s a recipe book – The Cake Mix Bible. A little over a week ago, I decided to try out one of the recipes…Banana Fudge Layer Cake. I pretty much followed the recipe except: 1) I substituted butter for the vegetable oil; 2) I used homemade chocolate fudge instead of the canned Duncan Hines Chocolate Frosting; and 3) I covered the cake in fondant. :)
This is how the finished cake looked like…
Before I give you my thoughts on the jazzed-up cake mix recipe, let me share the recipe first:
1 package Dundan Hines Moist Deluxed Yellow Cake Mix (or your yellow cake mix of choice)
1 1/3 cups water
1/3 cup butter (or vegetable oil as the original recipe calls for)
1 cup mashed ripe bananas (about 3 medium)
Chocolate Frosting (recipe follows or you may use 1 container Duncan Hines Chocolate Frosting)
1. Preheat oven to 350F. Grease and flour two 9-inch round cake pans.
2. Combine cake mix, water, eggs and oil in large bowl. Beat at low speed with electric mixer until moistened. Beat at medium speed 2 minutes. Stir in bananas.
3. Pour into prepared pans. Bake at 350F for 28-31 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pans 15 minutes. remove from pans; cool completely.
4. Fill and frost cake with frosting.
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter or margarine
2/3 cup cocoa
3 cups powdered sugar
2/3 cup milk (add a little bit more if you want a fudgier frosting)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1. Melt butter. Stir in cocoa. Alternately add powdered sugar and milk, beating to spreading consistency.
2. Add small amount additional milk, if needed. Stir in vanilla. Yields about 2 cups frosting.
The verdict? Goodness! :D I love that the cake came out moist and no boxed-cake mix taste whatsoever! ;) Funny how a little tweaking alters the taste of a cake. Hee hee. So no, I’m not a cake mix snob! :P
The cake looks like this when sliced…
Photo taken with an Iphone
This cake was meant to be a “practice cake”, you know, to hone my fondant decorating skills. Hee hee. But the day I made this cake, we got an invitation to a dinner get together for the following night. And that’s where the cake ended up. ;)