I'm not sure when boxed cake mixes were invented. Maybe the 40's or 50's when women were beginning to join the workforce in droves. I'm sure the women of those days loved this little kitchen helper as much as many of us do now. How wonderful to be able to make dessert after getting home from work without a lot of fuss. Now, fast forward a few years and look at all the amazing flavors you get from boxed mixes. Not just cakes anymore! You can make biscuits, whoopie pies, cream-filled cupcakes, the list goes on and on. And so many of these companies are actually doing a good job in improving the tastes.
Did you know that America's Test Kitchen did a blind taste-test once that included a boxed
brownie versus one from scratch and folks overwhelmingly chose the boxed one. Most folks could not believe they preferred the box mix. I really do enjoy making baked goods from scratch some days. Maybe on a lazy day when we are all home from work, I pull out a bunch of ingredients and get going. It's a relaxing and enjoyable process for me but one I often don't have the time for. I just love experimenting with boxed cake mixes. I get the pleasure of baking a yummy dessert but I can whip it up fairly quickly. And this next recipe is an example of that. A nice spice cake mix that tastes like fall with a little cream cheese swirled in to give it some texture and a lovely sweet concoction drizzled on top. Mmmmmm....
1 box spice cake mix
(ingredients needed to make cake: eggs, oil & water)
1 block (8 oz.)cream cheese (softened to room temperature)
1/2 cup white sugar
1 egg white
1/2 cup mini chocolate chips (optional)
1 can sweetened condensed milk
Preheat oven to 350F degrees. Spray 9x13 baking dish with nonstick flour cooking spray. Combine spice cake mix with ingredients called for on back of box. Pour cake spice cake mix into bottom of baking pan. In a medium bowl, beat together the cream cheese, sugar and egg white (will be thick). Drizzle mixture over spice cake mix. You can gently pour it or use a spoon to drizzle it.
Using a butter knife, make swirl patterns (sort of in a figure 8 pattern).
My baby, Alex, decided this needed chocolate chips. This part is optional but we ended up really enjoying the chocolate in this. You could also use white chocolate chips or cinnamon chips or even nuts. Sprinkle chocolate chips over batter.
Bake for about 35-40 minutes until an inserted toothpick comes out clean. Allow to cool for a few minutes before serving. Now for the fun part! You can eat this cake just as it is - but- if you want to take it to a nutha level, then you gotta go with this last step. Open your can of sweetened condensed milk (you can pour it in a bowl and heat it up for a few seconds in the microwave first if you like), then drizzle it on top of the slightly warm cake.