A few weeks ago, I was going through the fridge and pantry, checking expiration dates of every food item in the house. (Wow, this unopened jar of cream of tartar expired in 2012. Wait, why did I even buy cream of tartar?)
I came across a box of carrot cake mix which would expire in another month. Hmmm, what should I make with this?
I used about half of the box mix to make a dump cake. And instead of making one cake, I make several mini-dump cakes in casserole dishes. I made a pineapple-apple filling, sprinkled on the dry cake mix, poured on the melted butter, and then added shredded coconut and chopped pecans.
The following week, I combined the rest of the cake mix with some cinnamon, a beaten egg and orange marmalade. I cooked the batter in my donut maker machine, and when they cooled, sprinkled powder sugar on top.
While in the waiting room at the doctor’s office, I grabbed the closest magazine and started flipping through it. I came across this photo:
photo courtesy of Good Housekeeping magazine
Now, I am not a big watermelon fan, but I thought this was a clever idea. Made from seedless watermelon, whipped topping, and fresh berries, this dessert is simple to make and certain to be a hit at summer parties.
Clever idea, very colorful, great for a kid’s party. As gummi bears are rather chewy, though, I wouldn’t think that they are the best for decorating the cake. In fact, the creator of this cake stated on her blog, “The gummy bears are a lot chewier than I remembered. So as awesome as it looks as a cake decoration, it makes it a little impractical when you are trying to have a bite of everything at once.” Then she added that she did not regret this choice, from people’s reactions to the cake.
I might think that M&M’s or Skittles would be a better candy choice for the decorating of the cake, although not having quite the same “Wow” effect as the gummy bears. However, it is a beautiful-looking cake, making me want to try it. You can find the recipe on the blog Raspberri Cupcakes:
Mmmm. This cake looks yummy, doesn’t it? Only, it’s not a cake. This is a pizza bread made to look like a cake. The red jelly filling is tomato sauce, and the glaze on top of the cake is thin slices of mozzarella allowed to melt over the finished cake. This April Fools’ recipe was created by Taste of Home. You can find the recipe here: