Hi! I'm Shay, and I'm a foodie. It's nothing new...I've been baking and cooking since the 4th grade, so that's 20 years of being in the kitchen. I used to think desserts were only good if they came from scratch...then one day, I tried my friend Rachel New's chocolate chip pound cake and realized...you can get a moist, delicious dessert starting with a boxed mix.
Rachel made this outstanding chocolate chip pound cake that everyone around me loved. All of my girlfriends requested the recipe, and over a period of time, we all made it for parties and such. After a while, I started thinking...if I mixed and matched the main ingredients, I could create a whole new cake using the same method and producing the same yummy results.
Over the last 2 years, I've created at least 20 versions of the Rachel New cake...and each one is delectable and different. Rachel joked with me that I could probably make a different version for every week of the year...hmmm...I thought...I bet I could. Thus, a blog was born.
I'm going to take this one method and mix and match it at least 52 different ways over the next year. Along with this recipe, I've also been whipping up other cookies, cakes, pies, bars, cobblers and puddings that use basic methods but can be mixed and matched a million different ways to produce different desserts. As a mom of two toddlers, I don't have time to stay in the kitchen all day making desserts from scratch, I'm going to let some boxed mixes help me...use a little imagination...and create a multitude of desserts. I will also throw out some dinner ideas occasionally that don't come from a box. I like healthy, speedy and fresh suppers, so I'll share those recipes too.
It's more about the method than the recipe. Enjoy!
The original Rachel New cake, Chocolate Chip.
Star ingredients, 1 box of yellow cake mix, 1 small box of instant vanilla pudding and 1 small box of instant chocolate pudding
Blend together with some eggs, veggie oil and water
Then add 1 cup of chocolate chips
Bake in a greased bundt pan
To produce delicious results
1 box of yellow cake mix
1 small box of instant vanilla pudding
1 small box of instant chocolate pudding
1/2 cup of veggie oil
1 1/4 cups of water
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
Powdered sugar for dusting
Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Grease (I use Pam) a 10 inch bundt pan
In mixing bowl, combine cake mix, puddings, oil, water and eggs with electric mixer. Add in chocolate chips. Pour into prepared bundt pan.
Bake 40-45 minutes or until toothpick inserted comes out clean.
Let cake rest on counter in pan 10 minutes. Then, invert cake onto serving plate to finish cooling. Top with powdered sugar.
Thank you Rachel New! Love you!