It's your birthday? I'll bake you a cake! It's your anniversary? I'll make your wife assorted truffles. It's your going away party? You'll get a stellar cookie tray. I've successfully managed to make people baked goods in lieu of purchasing real gifts for quite some time now. I make fancy pastry, luscious eclairs, and immaculate cheesecakes in a jiff. However, I'll always ask you your preference first... because I mean some nut jobs out there don't like chocolate or coconut, CRAZIES! Sadly, I come across this answer far too often... "What kind of cake do you want for your super special occasion? I'll bake you anything in life!" *moment of silence* "Funfetti."FUN-FREAKING-FETTI. My heart drops and my blood boils. Now now, don't get it twisted. Funfetti cake with that gooey icing and those even gooier sprinkle chunks is incredibly delicious, I am by no means trying to deny funfetti of any glory. But really dudes, I can make you anything on this planet and you want cake minx, out of a box?! Gah! You child!
[Now back to the point of this entry]
this cake... a highly requested cake comes out of *sighs* a box. This cake is Cherry Chip by Betty Crocker. I long long ago made a four layer Betty Crocker (2 boxes in 4, 8" rounds) with the suggested Betty Crocker White Chocolate Almond Frosting, and it was delicious. Like, the entire cake gets devoured in 30 seconds delicious. The cake is moist, bakes up beautifully, and has some a great flavor it doesn't even need icing (but really the icing is awesome too). It's the perfect amount of sweet and the cherry is not over done. It's a keeper, for sure.
Though, this cake is tricky, very stealthy actually (if I can cake be stealthy) because it comes and goes. Sometimes it can be found in stores and a lot of the time it's MIA. It's like... VIP cake mix or something. The rapper of cake mixes. It's only in stores when it wants to be. I actually saw online that random bloggers were reaching out to one another trying to track down this specific cake and frosting. My local grocery store got the cake mix in, but no icing... so I decided I was going to make authentic fancy expensive as gold French Buttercream with authentic European butter.
I make this in a giant vat at work... using a whopping 10 lbs of Euro butter so I thought I'd give it a whirl at home. To make a long story short... I poured hot eggs into stupidly expensive imported European butter and made the richest most delicious... soup goo on the planet. After my giant brain fart and slight mental break down I decided to throw it in the freezer and hope to God it would thicken... and it did. However, not the way it should be. Does it taste fabulous? Absolutely. It just didn't have that flawless texture of French Butter Cream. So rather than reveal my awesome recipes on this dud I'll save it for a better more luxurious cake.
But I'll share with you this little tip... if you're ever upset with your icing or just don't feel like taking the time to make it super pretty flip over chocolate chips (the bigger the better) and stick em to that cake with your mediocre icing! It makes a really great and simple finish and is super super quick, and of course it tastes delicious it's CHOCOLATE!
If you can find this cake mix in your store pick it up, you won't regret it!
-Bake and enjoy my friends.
P.S. I'll be at the National Restaruant Association Convention in Chicago this weekend, so get ready for our first trip of the summer!