Bulk Barn cake

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Last night, my youngest daughter and her friends came over after school to bake a cake.  Like mother, like daughter, right?  Well, sort of.  My ingredients don’t normally include a cake mix – not to mention an icing mix.  (I’ve never even heard of that.)  On the other hand, I rarely have as much hilarity in the kitchen as they did.  

And I’d never criticize anyone for using a cake mix.  I was about her age when I first started making cakes, and they were always from a mix.  Once or twice, I remember taking them out of the oven as soupy as when they went in.  Perhaps I wasn’t the most accurate of measurers.  (Alas, I’m still not.)

The photo they took of the cake is priceless.  The lighting is poor, the plate is half-off the counter, and the cake is surrounded by dirty dishes.  In other words, it’s a lot like the first photos I posted on this blog.


The Bulk Barn Chocolate cake

Bulk Barn cake mix
Bulk Barn icing mix
6 eggs (!)
Water
Roses and sprinkles from the Bulk Barn
Simple Chocolate Icing (see below)

1.  Stop at the Bulk Barn on the way home from school.  Buy everything you need to make cake and icing, and to decorate the cake.

2.  Mix 800 grams of cake mix with 1 1/2 cups of water and six eggs.  Stir.  Divide among three cake pans and one cake-pop tray.

3. Bake cakes at 375 degrees for 25 minutes.  Bake cake pops according to directions.

4.  Meanwhile, mix one bag of icing mix with some unmeasured amount of water.  Decide it’s a) too runny and b) the worst thing you’ve ever tasted in your life.  Other than the cake you and your friend made last fall.

5.  Get your mother’s icing recipe:

Simple Chocolate Icing

6 Tbsp softened butter
2 1/2 cups icing (confectioner’s) sugar
1/2 cup cocoa
1/4 cup milk
1 tsp vanilla

Beat butter in mixing bowl until smooth.  Add the remaining ingredients, stirring until combined, then beating until smooth.

Frost your cake once it’s completely cool.  Take photos with your friends and divide the cake in three, so everyone gets some to take home.

52 comments:

Valerie said...

Cake mix or not, just being in the kitchen with friends and family is always a fun experience. And sometimes those cake mix cakes are actually not that bad...(just don't let anyone know I said that). :P

Belinda said...

That cake should be falling right into my lap - that's a great photo of them - their faces are awesome!

Brenda said...

I was at Bulk Barn yesterday - love that place!!! That top photo is priceless! Looks like they had a great time.

Jess said...

There's nothing better than cooking with friends! My stepdaughter has had some hilarious experiments with scones and egg dishes :) I bet they had tons of fun.

Ruth said...

That's hilarious! Yesterday I had "cake mix" flavoured frozen yogurt. It was surprisingly delicious!

Carol said...

Looks like they had a great time. And I bet that is one of the best cakes they'll ever eat because of all the fun they had!

bakewithjill.com said...

The roses and sprinkles make the cake! I hope they got to enjoy it and didn't let it fall off the counter.

Joanne said...

They made such a fun experience out of the whole baking process, you can just see it on their faces. They'll always remember that cake!

Claudia said...

My daughter and her boyfriend often bake - sometimes from a mix - sometimes not. And she and her friends used to make crepes regularly. (Not from a mix) And they always have so much fun in the kitchen - it was just grand! I love it all - the cake, the photos and the happiness.

Aarthi said...

YUMMY ONE

Aarthi
http://yummytummy-aarthi.blogspot.com/

LDH said...

Fun in the kitchen is the best! I remember doing something similar with my girlfriend when we were just about the same age and we are still friends 40+ years later :)

Bonnie said...

Oh, but it all looks like such fun! I forget what fun it is to have teenagers running in and out. Bonnie

Tiffiny Felix said...

Kids and Teenagers in the kitchen is the best thing ever :) My first blog pictures looked a lot like that one, too ;)

jhl said...

LOVE their expressions. Priceless! :)

Anna said...

I love this post so much! Looks so fun...I can't wait for my daughter to be old enough to do this :)

Sudha said...

The kids sure had a lot of fun in the kitchen making that cake - never mind the dirty dishes, the fun is all that matters:)Liked the cake too by the way - might not be ornamental and stuff,but still looks delicious!

Neesie Natters said...

Start with a kitchen and a simple recipe, add some friends, a few tablespoons of fun, a full cup of laughter and mix together...a winning combination!
Priceless memories plus you get to eat the treat at the end ;D

Medeia Sharif said...

I had great fun baking cakes as a teen. They also turned out lopsided.

Have a great week.

Cindy said...

One must start somewhere! Looks like they had a wonderful adventure.

Becki Jacobs said...

That first picture is hilarious! So cute:-)..I don't make cakes from a mix, however Trader Joe's has one along with a frosting mix that I have heard is wonderful. I would love to try it, however I hate missing an opportunity to make a cake from scratch. Looks great, though.

lapetitepancake said...

hahah I think my favorite part is that they split the cake into thirds. That's what friends are foooooor...
Unfortunately, my best cakes are still the ones I make from a box. I have yet to perfect the spongy cake-like consistency. *sigh*

yummychunklet said...

You always have to start somewhere when baking. A mix is good as any other way. Funny story!

shaz said...

Awww, how gorgeous. I love that first photo, looks like the cake almost didn't make it.

Joanne said...

Future food bloggers in the making? The first cakes I made were definitely from a boxed mix and definitely involved canned frosting. And they were definitely delicious, not gonna lie. :P

Inside a British Mum's Kitchen said...

I love it when my daughters venture into the kitchen - your photo is wonderful!
mary x

Mary said...

Oh my goodness, I am laughing so hard right now. This is an awesome post. I LOVE it!

Kitchen Riffs said...

That top photo is fantastic! Good job at capturing their expressions. And a fun post all around. I love posts like this - although I'm not a cake mix person, I absolutely use some convenience foods and actually serve them to people (Lipton Onion Soup dip, anyone?). Fun read - thanks.

Simply Life said...

ha, I love this post- I always loved (and still do) baking with friends!

Pacheco Patty said...

I love the top photo! Just goes to show how fun it is to bake and decorate a cake!

Lizzy said...

Their cake is so cute!!! And I'm certain they had a ton of fun making it...especially with the soupy first batch of icing :)

Charlie Holmberg said...

Ha, nice. That's cool that you do cakes--my mother has always been super into cake decorating...

The Golden Eagle said...

I love the last part of the instructions. :)

Elaine said...

Ah, memories. Very cute post!

julie said...

Ha ha! Great post Beth. I love that pic of the two girls holding the cake like it's a hot potato. The whole thing is so "teenage girl." :)~

Stina Lindenblatt said...

I had to decorate a cake for food science in my senior year. My partner and I couldn't finish it in class, so I did it at home. We named it a natural disaster, for that's what it was. Fortunately, my partner wouldn't have been able to do any better, so she was okay with it.

Something tells me the teacher wasn't. I'm blanking out on that part of the memory. ;)

Katerina said...

Well, Beth if yoou think this is not a good photo just go and check my first photos when I started blogging. My husband always makes fun of them. This might not be a very professional photo but it sure depicts a reality that happens in all kitchens when we cook, plus it is spontaneous and definitely shows how much fun you all had there!

sally said...

I love it! Their cake looks like the ones that I used to make. I definitely started with boxed mixes too.

Lynda said...

I remember baking with my best friend when I was in school-we made some royal messes, but we had so much fun. Great memories are made in the kitchen!

Kristen said...

The memories of baking with friends are priceless. How fun that you captured it in a post.

Pam said...

I love it! The last photo is so great - it looks like my first blog photos too.

Janet Johnson said...

Oh, but so much personality in that picture! Love it. I'm afraid I'm a box mix type person and pre-made frosting (no mixes here). But maybe I'll have to make an exception for this cake. It looks yummy!

Janet Johnson said...

OR, now that I READ the recipe more closely, I guess I can stick to the box mix after all. :)

Barbara said...

As long as they had fun, Beth, that's all that counts! And it looks like they had a blast. I have one favorite recipe that has a cake mix as an ingredient. They make some good ones now!

Kayte said...

Just so much fun to see what they created! Great post.

Jeanne said...

I'm more of a fan of "real life" photos (the ones that include dirty dishes and such) than over-styled photos. There's no question that baking a cake produces plenty of dishes, so why hide that fact? Both photos show how much fun this project was, and I love the bit about the horrible runny icing mix! Good job, mom, for saving the day with your icing recipe. :)

Miriam said...

Love that picture!! Sounds like it was fun too :), Miriam@Meatless Meals For Meat Eaters

Natasha Price said...

That must have been a fun experience!

Sue said...

I love it~They had so much fun and I'll take a slice of that cake any day! :)

Jill Colonna said...

Love this post, Beth. Hilarious. Yes, that photo with the dishes etc is fantastic, cake mixes and all. I also love that first photo of them pulling at the cake!

comfortablydomestic.com said...

Oh my goodness! I was cracking up the entire time I was reading this post. How great that your girls have a love of baking & share it with their friends. This brought back wonderful memories of baking with my girlfriends back in high school. I'm pretty sure that our cakes turned out much the same way. And I *know* their photo is miles better than many of my blog photos! :)

nancy at good food matters said...

love these photos! funny funny post. I remember making cakes like that, back-in-the-day.

Deanna - Teaspoon of Spice said...

This post is hilarious - love the photo looking like they are going to drop the cake. I have dreams that this will be my little girl in about 10 years -having friends over to bake :)

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