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Baby Shower Cake

As you remember from Monday, I made Care Bear cupcakes for a baby shower. Well, this was the other cake I made for the same shower! Needed to balance the 80s cartoon fun with a little elegance. I don’t really have much to instruct or say about this cake. It’s a simple square tiered cake, frosted with buttercream, and decorated with sugared roses and flowers (purchased from Vanilla Bean).

A common question that I get about the cake that I make is whether or not I make them from scratch. I don’t. If I’m going to spend hours and hours decorating and making frosting, I need to save time (and a little sanity) with the cake. Cakes using a box mix as a base are consistent, reliable, and predictable. It’s one less thing to worry about! I do, however, enhance the box cake mix by adding pudding mix and sour cream. This results in a more dense and moist cake. Here’s my doctored cake mix recipe!

Box Mix Cakes… Enhanced!
Recipe source: My Baking Addiction [1]

1 box cake mix
1 box instant-pudding mix (4-serving size) — be sure that you MATCH your cake mix and pudding mix flavors!
3 eggs, lightly beaten
3/4 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup water
3/4 cup sour cream
2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 350. Mix all ingredients together using an electric mixer. Mix until smooth. Pour cake mix into a well-greased pan and bake according to box directions. Though I would recommend watching the cake because I’ve found that it usually takes less time to bake than the box directions require.