Dress up your boxed cake mix

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Anyone who knows me knows I am not into baking. I hate following directions, I hate measuring out ingredients exactly right, and it just always goes wrong for me so it is not my thing! Every once in a while you have to make some delicious cupcakes so instead of stressing myself out trying to bake from scratch I researched ways to make a boxed cake taste better. I tested out the tips I saw had the best feedback and was very happy with the finished product.

 

The tips I used:

Add 1 more egg

Use melted butter instead of oil, double the amount (I melted the butter in the microwave). Many people said equal to oil but I tried double and it was so moist.

Use milk instead of water

Fill cups ¾ full

Preheat oven to 350 but reduce to 325 when you insert the cupcakes. Cook for 25 minutes

 

More tips you can try:

Instead of 1 egg, add 2 extra eggs to be very rich

Add 2 tsp Vanilla (the only reason I did not do this was that I made chocolate cupcakes

Coffee or soda instead of water

Sprinkle with sugar to keep from cake rising and to add a sweet crunchy texture. Rachael Ray suggested for cakes. I wouldn’t do it on cupcakes as you want them to rise and have that nice muffin top.

Add a tablespoon of Mayo to keep cake/cupcakes moist longer

Add lemon (citrus) zest to cake batter or frosting. I do this with cookie frosting and dough and it’s a game changer!!

Making your own icing to top your cake

 

P.S . Sorry  I didn’t have a good picture, I wasn’t planning on blogging these until I realized how good they were and that was after most of them were gone.

 

Happy Baking!

XOXO,

B

 

B’s Chicken Tortilla Soup

My Mom has been making this soup for our family forrrrreeevvvveeerrr (insert Sandlot voice). It is the first thing I crave when I am not feeling well. Over the years, I have adapted it into my own version. This soup is not only super easy, but it is a great base to customize as your own.

 

6 Cups Chicken or Beef Broth (I prefer Beef and usually go Low Sodium)

1 Small Onion

2 Garlic Cloves (I usually cheat and use the Minced Garlic from Trader Joes)

3 Chicken Breasts or meat from a Rotisserie Chicken if you are in a hurry

1 can of corn

1 can of Sliced Olives

¼ tsp Cumin

¼ tsp Salt

½ tsp Pepper

½ bunch of Cilantro (My hubby and I are obsessed with Cilantro!! Original recipe says ¼ Cup)

 

I usually cook the Chicken in my crockpot on Low for about 5-6 hours. When I do not think to do this in the morning, I grab a Rotisserie Chicken on my way home and just shred that up. If you do this skip adding salt to the soup.

 

Mix Broth, Onion and Garlic in a large stock pot over Medium High heat. Bring to a boil.

 

Add all ingredients except Cilantro and cook uncovered for 15 minutes.

 

Add Cilantro and cook for 5 more minutes.

 

Top with Chips and Cheese and Enjoy!!

 

Other add ins:

Beans

Zucchini** I add this with the Cilantro so it doesn’t get mushy

Canned tomatoes

Chopped Green Chilies

Carrots

 

Other add ons:

Sour cream

Hot Sauce

Lime

Avocado

 

Don’t be shy to comment your ideas. Sharing is caring 🙂

 

XOXO..

B