29 November, 2011  |   7 Comments

Yellow cake mix Helen Jane style

Normally, I eschew cake mixes.
So plebian!
So yellow!
So reminding-me-of-the-regular-when-I-always-just-wanted-the-fancy!

But they’re so…

Since I can’t just leave well enough alone, I have to fiddle with them. Especially since I made wine cake, a glorious boozy buttery yellow cake that’s a regular tasty treat common at bake sales up here. And many thanks to the internet, I was able to tweak the yellow cake mix that sat in my pantry.
(99 cents, yo.)

I made this cake for my brother’s birthday.

1 box yellow cake mix
1 package instant vanilla pudding
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup melted butter
4 eggs
1 cup buttermilk

Mix all the ingredients with beaters until mixed.
Bake at 380° for 25 minutes or until golden brown at the top.

Chocolate Ganache-y Frosting

3 ounces bittersweet chocolate
1 cup heavy cream

Chop the chocolate into teeny tiny pieces. Put in a medium bowl.
Heat the cream over medium-high heat or until just simmering.
Pour cream over chocolate.

Stir until completely incorporated.
Refrigerate for at least 2 hours.
When cake and ganache are cool, frost. Voila!

7 thoughts on “Yellow cake mix Helen Jane style

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    Jen says:

    I am normally a horrible snob about cake mixes, but in college a friend used to make a version of this cake but with the addition of poppyseeds and lemon zest. Yummy.

    Now, where is that recipe for the wine cake?!? I also need to try the smitten kitchen red wine cake recipe: http://smittenkitchen.com/2011/09/red-wine-chocolate-cake/

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    Meow says:

    I am the daughter of a 2nd generation pastry chef/baker and I secretly love unfrosted yellow cake from a box (I don’t like frosting). My grandma made a Kahlua cake that is beyond beyond. The base was yellow cake.

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