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Thursday, March 11, 2010

Book Review: 101 Things To Do With A Cake Mix

I have read a few Cake Mix Cookbooks, but 101 Things To Do With A Cake Mix by Stephanie Ashcraft is my favourite. My mother-in-law gave this to me for Christmas years ago and in that time I have tried most of the recipes. Only one of them I didn't like, the Tropical Getaway Cake, but then everyone else liked it, so it wasn't a total failure. Every time that I use one of these recipes and share the results I get lots of compliments. And all of them are very easy to make.

 The recipe that I use the most is for Luscious Lemon Cake. It's very moist and frequently requested. Over the years it's evolved a little, so it's not exactly what you find in the book.

Luscious Lemon Cake
1 lemon cake mix
1 small box of lemon pudding
1 Tablespoon of lemon juice
3/4 cup of water
1/2 cup of applesauce
1/4 cup of oil
4 eggs

1 1/4 cups of powdered sugar
1/3 cup of orange juice or limeade
1 T lemon juice

Preheat oven to 350. Mix all cake ingredients together and beat until smooth. Pour batter into a greased non-stick bundt pan. (Yeah, in theory a non-stick pan shouldn't need to be greased, but I promise your cake will not come out in one piece if you don't grease it. Also your cake most often won't come out in one piece if you just heavily grease a regular bundt pan. I know, I tried.) Bake for 50 minutes, or until a toothpick out clean when stuck in the center. Let cool for five minutes, then invert onto a serving platter. Mix icing and drizzle over the cake.


  1. I am hosting a linky party at my blog called A Themed Baker's Sunday! Where the theme is LEMONS!!! I would love it if you linked either this recipe or a different lemony deliciousness!! I'm uber excited to see what you have in store!!