How cute and whimsical is this semi-homemade Snowman Cake! This is another great Christmas Cake to make with your kiddos! They will have so much fun helping you apply the coconut and assorted decorations.
This cake, featured at familydollar.com, calls for a white cake mix, but you could certainly use whatever flavor catches your fancy… red velvet would be a great alternative, as would chocolate or spice. The choice is yours! Also, they suggest the use of melted candy coating to apply as “glue” to make the candy canes stick to the cones. This really isn’t necessary, simply apply small dabs of the frosting to the cones and attach the canes. One less ingredient to worry about! 🙂
Also, I know there are a lot of you out there who would never entertain the notion of baking a cake with a pre-made mix and that’s okay! You can certainly use your favorite recipe to make this cake but, as for me, sometimes I am known to opt for the time-saving convenience of using a pre-made cake mix, particularly during the busy holiday season. However, I do make adjustments to the cake to make it taste more like a bakery cake by following these simple steps:
- Use equal amounts melted, unsalted butter in place of the vegetable oil. The butter gives the cake a much richer, bakery like taste.
- Use equal amounts whole milk in place of the water. This also improves the flavor, as well as the texture of the cake.
- For those of you who like cakes made with buttermilk, use buttermilk powder reconstituted with water as per the instructions in equal amounts as called for in the cake mix. I personally love this stuff and use it frequently since it doesn’t require refrigeration. I don’t know about you, but when I use fresh buttermilk I usually end up throwing some away and I so hate waste! If you have never used buttermilk powder I urge you to give it a try. It is readily available in the baking isle of well-stocked grocery stores.
- Add 1 extra egg to the mix. This makes for an even richer, fluffier cake.
- Add 1 tsp vanilla extract. This also greatly improves the flavor and takes away that “cake mix” taste.
- If you are using a chocolate mix, add 1 tbsp instant coffee granules to the whole milk and warm it in the microwave for 30 seconds. This really livens up the chocolate flavor of the cake.
You will find that if you use the above substitutions you will end up with a cake that no one will ever suspect was made from a cake mix. I promise your secret is safe with me (unless you tell them, of course 😉 )!
Semi-homemade should never mean you have to sacrifice flavor, not in my world at least. And while I generally tend to make things from all natural ingredients, there are those times when I certainly fall back on a semi-homemade recipe. They are true time-savers, particularly during the busy holiday season.
I would love to hear your thoughts on using semi-homemade recipes… do ya’ll love ’em or do you hate ’em? Be sure to let me know.
Until next time ya’ll, have a great day filled with great food and lots of love and be sure to stop back by for tomorrow’s new 12 Days of Christmas Cake and Cheesecake post. I promise it will be another mouthwatering holiday goody!