I am always going through the pantry trying to use up anything that I think has been in there too long. This box of white cake mix caught my eye. I am always craving a dessert, so why not.
I would have loved to have made a rainbow cake. They look so pretty but Christian hates anything with food coloring. He thinks it is very unnatural & too many chemicals. He won’t even eat the sugar cookies that I make at Christmas because of the colored frosting! If you want to make a rainbow cake or not sure what it is, see it here on Martha Stewart’s website. My next thought were mini cakes. They seem to be popular right now. I think they are also called smash cakes because parents make them for a child’s first or second birthday. The child has their own little cake to eat and make a mess of.
I prepared the cake mix as directed on the box & poured the batter into the small, round pans. The cake box filled eight small pans, so it made four mini cakes.
As the cakes were baking, I prepared a simple chocolate frosting.
Look how pretty they are out of the oven. They look like oversized muffins!
Each mini cake I made a bit differently. The first one, I cut the rounded top off for the base.
My favorite cake filling…strawberry or raspberry jam with nutella.
Then I put the second layer on top & frosted the whole thing. The following three mini cakes were some variation of the first.
I was less than pleased with the final decorated cakes. Christian’s biggest complaint about me reading tons of cooking & home blogs is that I expect everything to look just as perfect as I see on the blogs. If they can make a beautifully decorated cake, I think I can as well. I then get really upset when it doesn’t turn out that way. I know that I cannot expect this but I do. Therefore, I am only going to show one picture of the cakes.
Or maybe two. Christian telling me that the cake tastes good even though it doesn’t look perfect!