You want to bake a cake but you are in no mood of doing it from scratch? You can always opt for a cake mix & then innovate on it with some ingredients from your pantry. Initially I was apprehensive about using a cake mix but during the three months of my stay in Sherbrooke, Canada this was the only way to avoid buying huge packs of flour & baking powder. I have been living a life out of a suitcase for the last six years so in order to keep my passion for cooking alive, I do use a lot of short cuts. One of the recent additions to the short cut methods list is using a cake mix as a base for baking.
I bought a Betty Crocker super moist chocolate cake (Devil's food) mix from Walmart. I must say that Walmart does have a wide range of cake mix, thus making it difficult to know which one to choose. I landed the above said mix in my cart by sheer instinct.
Now for my form of innovation with the cake mix.
I baked a Choco-Banana Cake & of course was quite satisfied with the final result, if not I would not be sharing this recipe.
- 6 tsp melted unsalted butter
- 1 smashed very ripe banana
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1 cup vanilla flavor almond milk
- 1/3 cup vegeable oil
- 3 eggs
- 216g of betty crocker super moist chocolate cake mix
- A pinch of salt
First whisk the three eggs nicely with a pinch of salt.
Now add the sugar & whisk nicely. The texture of the mixture will look creamy.
Add the vegetable oil slowly while whisking the mixture continuously.
Now add the Betty Crocker chocolate cake mix. Fold in the cake mix into the batter. Make sure there are no lumps in the batter.
Add the melted butter & give it a good whisk.
Then add the vanilla flavored almond milk slowly while whisking the batter continuously.
Finally add the smashed ripe banana. Do not whisk the batter anymore. Fold it in the batter. Give atleast 25 folds. This will make the cake more spongy.
Grease the bottom and sides of a non stick cake mould with butter.
Pour the batter in the greased cake mould.
Preheat the oven for 10 minutes at 360°F (180°C)
Bake the cake in the pre-heated oven at 360°F (180°C) for 45 to 60 minutes (the baking time depends on the depth of the cake mould).
Check whether the cake is done by inserting a toothpick in the center of the cake. If the toothpick comes out clean then the cake is ready.
Unmould the cake & let it rest for 30 minutes.
Slice the cake, place it on a plate & voila your Choco-Banana cake is ready to be devoured.