This is how I can turn a simple cake mix box into a nice dessert. Now don’t get me wrong, I make cakes from scratch just like all my Nietas. However, there is that time when I have tons of things to do and can’t do the scratch thing. So, I use nice ingredients to take the cake mix box to another level. This time I soaked the loaf cakes with a Godiva Liquor simple syrup that I made. Bonus, my Mareikita decided to help me and she made the icing. Yummmm!
Approximate Prep and Cooking Time: 1 hour
Approximate Cost: $12.86 or .99 per cake
Difficulty Level: X Easy ____ Intermediate ____ Advanced
Servings: 8 loafs + 5 regular cup cakes
Ingredients for the cake ($4.48)
1 box of Super Moist French Vanilla Cake Mix ($1.50)
3 eggs (.48)
1/3 c. Peanut oil (.90)
1 c. evaporated milk (.90)
1 c. dark chocolate chips (.70)
Ingredients for Godiva Simple Syrup ($1.75)
1 c. water
2/3 c. sugar (.25)
2 tbsp. Godiva Chocolate Liquor ($1.50)
Ingredients for the Dark Chocolate Frosting ($6.63)
2/3 cups Hershey’s Dark Cocoa ($1.80)
1/3 cup Evaporated milk (.33)
3 cups Powdered sugar ($1.25)
1 stick of unsalted butter – melted ($1.25)
1 tbsp. Pure Vanilla ($2.00)
Directions for the cake
Preheat your oven at 350 degrees.
Lightly coat the bottom and sides of the loafs cake pan with non-stick cooking spray or butter.
Make the cake according to the box directions; however, remember to substitute the water with evaporated milk and use peanut oil.
Bake according to the baking time directions in the package.
Cool for 10 to 15 minutes before removing from pans.
Directions for the Dark Chocolate Frosting and How to soak the Cakes
Prepare by using the frosting recipe in the back of the Hershey’s Dark Chocolate Powder box. Is very easy.
Soak the cakes with at least 1 tbsp. of the syrup and let them rest to absorb it for about 15 minutes.
Slice the cakes in half and fill with icing.
Then place the tops back and spread frosting completely over the mini-loaf cakes.
Garnish with fresh washed strawberries.
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