Saturday, September 16, 2017

Needs A Little Somethin' Somethin'

Seize the moment. Remember all those women on the Titanic who waved off the dessert cart.
~Erma Bombeck

In recent post, I mentioned that I had gotten a good deal with these Duncan Hines Perfect Size for 1 cake mixes. After my store card savings and double coupons, I paid 29 cents for each of these boxes.  I didn't realize until I got home that there were 4 cakes mixes in each box.  So 16 individual cakes for approximately 8 cents each.  Wow!

Last week, I was in dire need of something sweet so I baked one of the Chocolate Lovers Cakes in a mug.  Actually microwaved it.  It was simple to do.

Open box/package.
Pour into a large mug.
Add the recommended amount of water.
Stir until well mixed.
Microwave for allotted time.(a few minutes).

Well, let's just say that next time, I may wave off the dessert cart if this cake is on it.  It was... okay.  Was it worth 8 cents?  I guess so (said with little or no enthusiasm).

Number one, my mug must have been bigger than the one shown in the picture because the cake only rose to about 1/2 the mug.  I found the cake a little dry.  I added the correct amount of water (could be because the mug was bigger but I don't think so).  The cake also really stuck to the inside of the mug.  I wonder if buttering the mug would fix that problem.  Hmm...

What would I do differently next time?

Lightly butter the mug before adding ingredients.
Add a small dollop of sour cream to the mix to help it not be so dry.
Maybe add a few chocolate chips to the mix for a little extra somethin' somethin'.
After cake has baked, top with a scoop of vanilla ice cream (and/or Hershey Syrup!).

On second thought... maybe I might not wave the dessert cart away so quickly if I can fix the problems.

So my advice on this product, if you can buy it for little or next to nothing, it would be worth trying.  At it's regular price of $3.49 a box, I'd pass.


  1. Thanks for the honest appraisal Gina. I might pick some up for the grands as an after school snack. We will add your suggestions.

    1. Arlene, let me know if they like them. They are a quick treat.

  2. Hi Gina~

    I'm going to take your word for it and not buy them, I'm not much of a fan of packaged cake mixes anyway . . . :0)

    Hugs and Love,

    1. Barb, I'd rather make one from scratch as well. Still... it is so hard for me to walk away from a great savings deal! :-)

  3. Thanks for the info, I always wondered about these, I also have a few recipe's off of Pinterest to make a cake in a mug but never have tried it, may have to give one a try :)

    1. Connie, let me know if you like them. I'll check out Pinterest and see what ideas people have.


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