Friday, February 28, 2014

Easiest Cake Ever

Did you know that I refuse to use boxed cake mixes?  REFUSE with a capital R.

It's really not hard to assemble the ingredients for a cake mix at home and since most boxed cake mixes require eggs and oil, all you really need to have at home for extra ingredients is flour, sugar and baking powder (maybe, depending on your recipe).  If you have to use eggs and oil for a box, why not just make it at home without the weird ingredients in the boxed mixes?  How much extra time does it take to measure and mix?

Sadly, this doesn't always work out for me so well.  There must be a special reason for the unpronounceable chemicals in a boxed cake.  My homemade yellow and white cakes leave something to be desired.

But chocolate cake I can make from scratch like it's my job.

Last night, I needed a quick and delicious dessert.  I couldn't do a chocolate dessert because I never sleep if I have chocolate any time after 3pm on a school night.

So, I poked around and found a recipe for Peach Dump Cake.

The word Dump next to Cake made me leave the page, but when I remembered the simple ingredients, I was forced to go back and see if it was worth making.  The ingredients were:

1 can (29 oz) of peaches
1 box of yellow cake mix
3/4 cup of butter

Put the peaches in the baking dishes, liquid and all.  Sprinkle the mix over it.  Cut the butter into pats and lay them on top.  Bake and enjoy.

So, I thought about it.  If it only wanted a mix and not the eggs and oil, I could assemble the mix, right?  Just flour, sugar and baking powder.  And I could just sprinkle it over the peaches and then put the pats of butter.  Right?

So, my first change was the pan. I didn't have a 13x9 pan clean, so I did it in an 8x8 which meant cutting the recipe in half.  So here's what I did to make the simplest cake ever.

Put about 20 ounces of peaches in a dish.

Mix up 1.5 cups of flour, 1 cup of sugar and 1.5 tsp of baking powder.  Sprinkle it over the peaches.  Use less than 1/2 cup of butter and cut it into pats.  Lay the pats around the top of the sprinkled dry ingredients.

Bake at 350 for 40 minutes or so.


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  1. Ha - this IS really easy. I am a terrible baker, so I betcha I would find a way to mess it up :)

    1. It's possible that if you follow my recipe here, you could screw it up but there is NO WAY you could screw it up if you used a boxed cake mix. Not that I encourage that, or anything.....

  2. My mom has been making this cake for years. It's been her go-to dessert for as long as I can remember. I like it with ice cream, lol!


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