Spring Cleaning in the Kitchen

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.

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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.

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Carrot Cake Cookies

Betty Crocker has these new Decadent Supreme Sprinkles, one flavor is Carrot Cake.  Since i love carrot cake, I thought I should try them.  But what would they go with?  It seems silly to add them to a carrot cake, so I decided to turn something else into carrot cake.  I bought some soft-baked oatmeal raisin cookies and cream cheese frosting.  I frosted the cookies and added the sprinkles.  Simple and a tasty treat.

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