Betty Crocker – Bake Your Stress Away!
Baking is a relaxing hobby, don’t you agree? From the measuring, sifting and mixing, to the scent of freshly baked cakes in my living room, it’s one of my favourite things to do. But I have a very active lifestyle, and am always busy going for meetings or eating out, so I can’t dedicate as much time for baking as I want to. So sometimes, I weave in using Betty Crocker cake mixes and baking becomes so much easier!
Betty Crocker, one of the brands under General Mills, is recognized as the biggest cake mix brands in the world. This is the best choice especially for new bakers. When I started baking, I have zero experience and thought that when I add some flour, eggs and sugar, something delicious will appear in the oven. Of course it is not true, because the proportion of each ingredient matters.
When the girlfriend who just moved into her new house wanted to experiment with the oven, I bought her a few boxes of Betty Crocker cake mix as I thought this is the easiest way to learn. It indeed makes her more confident and changed her perception that baking is not that difficult after all. Betty Crocker bake mixes are ready to use, with minimal ingredients to be added. In this blogpost, I am sharing with you two simple recipes – Carrot Cake, Berry Cookies & Cream Cupcakes.
For this recipe, I used Betty Crocker yellow cake mix, added pecans, shredded carrots and some seasoning, and it is ready to go into the oven. Honestly, the scent is so alluring that all of our wanted to dig in immediately after it came out of the oven. The cake is so soft and moist!
- 1 box (15 oz) Betty Crocker™ Gluten Free yellow cake mix
- 2/3 cup water
- ½ cup butter, softened
- ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
- ½ teaspoon vanilla paste
- 3 eggs
- 1 cup finely shredded carrots (2 medium)
- ¼ cup finely chopped pecans
- 4 oz cream cheese, softened
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 2cups powdered sugar, sifted
- 1 teaspoon milk
- Heat oven to 350°F. Grease bottom only of 9-inch square pan with cooking spray.
- In large bowl, beat cake mix, water, butter, cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla paste and eggs on low speed 30 seconds. Beat on medium speed 2 minutes, scraping bowl occasionally. With spoon, stir in carrots and pecans. Spread in pan.
- Bake 40 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean. Cool completely, about 1 hour.
- In large bowl, beat cream cheese, butter, and milk with electric mixer on low speed until smooth. Gradually beat in powdered sugar, 1 cup at a time, until smooth and spreadable. If frosting is too thick, beat in more milk, a few drops at a time. Spread frosting over cake.
If carrot cake is too challenging for you, then this cupcake is sure to make you jump with joy. The cake mix is so versatile that you can practically bake anything with it. If you prefer the classic chocolate cake or cupcake, just pour in the cake mix and combine water, vegetable oil and eggs (measurements are on cake mix box). If you want something more fanciful, you can add in different flavours to pair with the cake mix. In this case, I bought some berry flavored cookies to add into my cupcakes. You can also use mint cookies as well. Results? Very satisfactory! I baked on Saturday and left some cupcakes till Monday, it still taste so moist and soft!
- 1 box Betty Crocker SuperMoist chocolate cake mix
- Water, vegetable oil and eggs called for on cake mix box
- 2 cups of berry-flavored creme-filled chocolate sandwich cookies (about 2 package of 10)
- 1 package cream cheese, softened
- ¼ cup butter, softened
- 3 cups icing sugar, sifted
- Heat oven to 350°F. Place paper baking cup in each of 27 regular-size muffin cups.
- Make cake mix as directed on box, using water, oil and eggs. Coarsely chop cookies. Reserve 1 cup chopped cookies for garnish. Gently stir remaining chopped cookies into batter. Divide batter evenly among muffin cups.
- Bake 20 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes; remove from pans to cooling racks. Cool completely.
- In medium bowl, beat cream cheese and butter with electric mixer on medium speed until creamy. Reduce speed to low. Add powdered sugar, 1 cup at a time, beating until frosting is smooth and spreadable. Frost cupcakes. Sprinkle with reserved crushed cookies.
With Betty Crocker, my baking time is reduced and I can spend more time relaxing and not having to fuss about the proportions and measurements. Especially for the girlfriend who is new to baking and always wanting to try out, she loves Betty Crocker now as it is so easy to use. Everyone can bake yummy bakes!