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What I Did This Weekend

09 Sep

Yeah, that would be a big fat nothing. I did do a few rounds of the pink and white project. And a couple more little orange squares for my second bag. Nothing really picture worthy.

But so it won’t be a loss, let me tell you about cake. (I do say in the “About” section that I might talk about cake sometimes and I have yet to do so.). I like cake. No, it’s more than that. It might be a cake obsession truth be told. Having this condition means that if I make a whole cake or buy one, I tend to do walk by tastings until I’ve consumed a whole cake in very little time. Probably not the best idea.

I have recently been turned onto something called a “3, 2, 1” cake. I’m sure this has been around for some time–it’s all over the internet. Where have I been? Whoever came up with this tasty little thing should have a Nobel prize or something.

To make the mix, you start with a box of Angel Food Cake Mix and a box of a regular mix of your choice. I always choose devil’s food. You have to have the Angel Food mix because it provides all the rising ingredients. Mix those two things together well in a zipper bag or a nice container that seals well.

Now, here’s the cake magic. Into a mug or bowl put three tablespoons of your mix. Add two tablespoons of water. Mix well. Pop it into the microwave and cook for 1 minute on high. Instant cake!!! It has the texture of Angel Food cake and the flavor of what other cake you choose.

It dawned on me that this is a ratio thing, so if you want just a little MORE cake (and who doesn’t) just stick to the ratio: 3 parts mix, 2 parts water. I use a 1/8th cup measure which doubles the cake. If you go any bigger than that, you’ll need to cook it longer. It’s done when the top looks dry.

It’s not a sweet cake by any means. But if you’re inclined you can add frosting. To be really decadent put some canned frosting in a bowl and nuke it until it’s liquid. Pour it over the freshly nuked cake. Since the cake has an airy structure, the liquid frosting seeps into the cake and makes it gooey. Or you could bypass all that work and just smother it with chocolate syrup…

Since I’m the lazy sort, I’m not prone to making this again the same day I’ve made it once, so it lets me eat cake without OVEReating cake if you know what I mean.

Try this cake. You’ll thank me later.

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Posted by on September 9, 2013 in Food, Random Life

 

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4 responses to “What I Did This Weekend

  1. Kathryn Rubidoux

    September 9, 2013 at 2:59 am

    I wonder if there is a gluten free version of this, because this sounds about perfect. Special Dark Hershey bars melt very nicely in the microwave, you could add half a bar to your version to sweeten it up. I did that with pancakes the other day and it was lovely.

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    • craftlyn

      September 9, 2013 at 3:04 am

      I have added mini chocolate chips to it with good result. And a dash of cinnamon. I don’t know much about gluten free foods. BUT I did a quick search online and Betty Crocker has a gluten free Angel Food cake mix as well as a Devil’s Food mix. I’m assuming they would work the same way?

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      • Kathryn Rubidoux

        September 9, 2013 at 12:23 pm

        I hadn’t had a chance to look yet, but I don’t see why they wouldn’t work just as well. Thanks! I might even have the Devil’s Food mix, so I just need to track down the Angel one. We have a giant box of the Special Dark chocolate bars from Sam’s Club, so that is what I experiment with for the most part.

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        • craftlyn

          September 9, 2013 at 12:55 pm

          Sometimes it’s difficult finding the Angel Food cake mix for some reason. One store I go to doesn’t have them at all, and the other one has them now and then. I could go for a giant box of Special Dark Chocolate right now! 😀

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