We love Chocolate Cake! It’s one of my favorites! I mean seriously what’s not to love?
So whenever I get hungry for a quick fix of chocolate cake I grab a box of my favorite mix, add a few extras, and bake an almost homemade chocolate cake. Of course I could make it from scratch, but sometimes I just don’t have the time. When I’m pressed for time it’s either box mix or make a run to the store and many times it’s just easier to use the cake mix.
But just because I use a cake mix that doesn’t mean my cake has to taste like it came out of a box. By adding and substituting a few things anyone can make a box mix cake taste like it was made from scratch!
Here’s how I make my almost homemade chocolate cake. I’m pretty sure you’ll have the ingredients in your kitchen. I usually have a box or two of cake mix, one yellow and one chocolate, and a couple of cans of frosting in my pantry; I like to stock up on them when they’re on sale.
What you’ll need:
1 Box Devil’s Food Cake Mix – or any type of chocolate – any brand will work
1 Cup Milk
1/3 Cup Butter, melted
5 Large Eggs
2 Tsp. Vanilla Extract
2 Tsp. Instant Espresso Powder
2 9″ Round Pans
1 Can Chocolate Frosting
Here’s what to do:
Heat oven to 350º
Grease the 2 pans
Substitute the water the box mix calls for with milk, and use melted butter instead of the oil
Use 5 eggs instead of however many the box mix calls for
Place the mix, milk, butter, and eggs in a bowl and mix on medium speed with electric mixer
Stir in vanilla extract and espresso powder
Pour equal amounts of batter into the 2 pans
Bake in oven for 25 minutes or until a tester comes out clean
Remove from oven and let cool about 10 minutes
Flip cakes onto a rack and cool completely
When cakes are completely cooled use a wire or sharp knife to level the tops and make them flat
Dust off any crumbs
Place 1 layer on cake plate, bottom side on the plate
Spread a thin layer of raspberry preserve on top to seal the crumbs
Spread a thin layer of raspberry preserve to the top of the second layer
Spread a layer of chocolate icing on the first layer
Flip the second layer over and place it on top of the first layer – your cake should be top sides together
Spread a thin layer of raspberry preserve on the top and sides of your cake – this seals in any crumbs
Frost the top and side of your cake
Garnish with fresh fruit or whatever you like before serving.
This cake is really great with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or a cold glass of milk!
Juicy, tart mangoes are surprisingly excellent at cutting through the richness of the avocado in this open-faced sandwich. Unfortunately, it can be hard to predict just how sweet they’ll be. If you’re working with an especially ripe or fruity mango, make sure to compensate with additional lemon juice to keep the sweetness in check. A sprinkle of chili powder adds contrasting heat that more firmly anchors this toast in savory territory. Chopped mint delivers an aromatic, herbal touch, but basil would do nicely here as well.
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1 slice country or sandwich bread, approximately 1/2 inch thick
Extra-virgin olive oil
1/2 medium pitted and peeled Hass avocado
6 (1/4-inch-thick) slices mango from 1 small peeled and pitted mango, or enough to cover surface of bread
Freshly squeezed lemon juice to taste, from 1/2 lemon
Ancho chili powder
Freshly chopped mint leaves, for garnish
Flaky sea salt
1.Lightly brush bread with olive oil and toast to desired level of doneness. Top with avocado and mash with a fork to cover entire surface. Add single layer of mango, sprinkle with a squeeze of lemon juice, and dust with a dash of chili powder. Garnish with mint and salt. Serve.
Avocado Toast With Mango, Chili Powder, and Mint Recipe
This Southwestern Sweet Potato Salad Recipe is an easy side dish recipe that is perfect for summer! The southwestern flavors from Sweet Corn, Black Beans, Peppers, Lime Juice and Roasted Red Pepper Dressing take this Sweet Potato Salad to a whole new level! I was a touch late to the full sweet potato party, however currently I’m inbound with this Southwestern Sweet salad and I’m coming back in with a bang! It’s loaded with black beans, corn, peppers, juice and roast red pepper dressing. Now, that my friends could be a Sweet salad that packs a punch!
To me, sweet potatoes were simply issues the items that came out at Thanksgiving and perhaps Christmas (and the thing I avoided just like the plague unless they were baked in a very Sweet Potato Bundt Cake or mashed in these Sweet Potato Biscuits).In fact, i used to be therefore late to the party; I didn’t even understand that sweet potatoes were oversubscribed year around. Fast forward to varsity and every This Southwestern Sweet salad formula is a simple entremots formula that’s excellent for summer! The southwestern flavors from Sweet Corn, Black Beans, Peppers, juice and roast Red Pepper Dressing take this Sweet salad to a full new level!
I was a touch late to the full sweet potato party, however currently I’m inbound with this Southwestern Sweet salad and I’m coming back in with a bang! It’s loaded with black beans, corn, peppers, juice and roast red pepper dressing. Now, that my friends could be a Sweet salad that packs a punch!For instance, the maximum amount as i like a classic salad formula, i used to be super fascinated by making an attempt to form a version with sweet potatoes. I wished to figure with ingredients that complemented sweet potatoes, making a novel summer entremots that centered on a special ingredient.
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3 cups diced sweet potatoes (about 3 med-large peeled sweet potatoes; or pre-cut sweet potatoes)
2-3 tbsp olive oil
1/2 tsp salt
3/4 tsp ground black pepper
1 1/2 cups cups sweet corn (I used frozen that I heated until warm)
1 (15oz) can black beans, drained
1 1/2 cups diced bell peppers (I used green, yellow, red, and orange)
1/2 cup fresh cilantro, chopped (plus more for garnish)
1 tsp seasoned salt (or to taste)
1 tbsp fresh lime juice
3-4 tbsp roasted red pepper dressing (or, you can use chipotle ranch, southwestern flavored dressing, etc.)
1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Spread sweet potatoes onto a non-stick foil lined large sheet pan.
2. Drizzle with olive oil, beginning with 2 Tbsp. If you think it needs more, add the extra tbsp.
3. Sprinkle with salt and 1/2 tsp of pepper, reserving the remaining 1/4 tsp of pepper. Stir the sweet potatoes around until they are all evenly coated.
4. Cook for 25 -30 minutes, until they are browned and fork tender (a little crisp on the outside and soft inside), stirring the sweet potatoes with a spatula every so often.
5. Mix roasted sweet potatoes, corn, black beans, bell peppers, cilantro, seasoned salt, remaining 1/4 tsp of black pepper, and lime juice and dressing together (begin with 3 tbsp, and add more as needed).
6. Once combined, serve immediately, or serve chilled (this salad tastes great warm, at room temperature, and cold).
SOUTHWESTERN SWEET POTATO SALAD