Last week was my dad’s birthday, but to be honest, I did not have enough time to bake and decorate a cake from scratch. I also knew that he was going to get one cake from my mom before he celebrated with us, so the pressure was off to create a masterpiece. So I decided to buy… a gluten-free box cake mix.
I don’t always like to admit I use box mixes because I am a baker with really good recipes! But when you barely have enough time to get something in the oven before you run out the door telling your husband to PLEASE LISTEN FOR THE OVEN BUZZER… it’s time for a box mix. I didn’t want to take inventory of what ingredients I needed and measure everything out… I wanted to dump it all into a bowl and let King Arthur do the planning.
But as the box mix called for oil, water and eggs, I decided there was still room for some experimentation in the mix to make it a little extra special. I do not use or own vegetable oil, so naturally I swapped it out for coconut oil. This is a personal health decision, and you may notice a stronger coconut flavor, but likely not. I decided to use buttermilk in place of the water and then added 1 cup of semi-sweet chocolate chips and 1 cup of white chocolate chips! Actually swapping water out and buttermilk in can make your cake more sense and rich.
I literally did run out the door. I stuck it in the oven minutes before leaving for a baby shower and asked my husband (who was currently in the shower) to listen for the buzzer and try to check and make sure it was done in the middle before taking it out. He’s great to me. Really.
Quickly, between the baby shower and my parents arriving for dinner, I iced the cake (although I wish I had taken the time to make my own cream cheese frosting) and it was a hit! Thankfully there was enough leftovers for our small group the next morning… nothing like chocolate cake for breakfast!
So next time you don’t have time to bake from scratch… order from Baked True North! Ha ha. But for real, even a box mix can get more exciting with a little creativity. So have some fun!
AND… have some cake!