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Great Holiday Desserts from Cake Mixes

Updated on March 13, 2013

I enjoy cooking just about every type of food there is, but baking from scratch is not something I particularly enjoy. I have to admit that I rarely bake cakes from scratch. For some reason, I find baking more stressful than relaxing even though cooking other types of foods is one of my favorite hobbies.

Since I don't bake frequently, I usually have to purchase several ingredients in order to even attempt to bake a cake, which means that undertaking a baking project ends up being quite an expensive proposition for me.

Since baking is something I do rarely, it's generally less expensive for me to purchase a high quality baking mix rather than buying all the ingredients I need to make a cake. It just makes financial sense to take the easy way out. That's my story and I am sticking to it!

There are so many high quality, tasty gourmet cake mixes available that I tend to reach for a packaged mix any time I need to prepare a cake for a holiday meal or other special occasion.

Favorite Cake Mix Desserts

Some of my favorite packaged cake mix recipes include:

Barefoot Contessa

I enjoy watching the Barefoot Contessa's Food Network program, and was happy to see that she is now offering a line of delicious baking mixes.

Available flavors include:

  • Chocolate Cupcakes with Peanut Butter
  • Chocolate Ganache Cake
  • Sour Cream Coffee Cake

In addition to these great cake mixes, the Barefoot Contessa line of gourmet mixes include tasty brownie mixes, several flavors of cookie mixes, and easy to prepare frosting mixes.

Canterbury Naturals

Canterbury Naturals offers a full line of premium, all-natural cake mixes. Flavors include:

  • Carrot Cake Mix
  • Chocolate Orange Pound Cake
  • Northwest Apple Cake
  • Pumpkin Cake Mix
  • Sunshine Lemon Cake Mix

Other all-natural baking mixes from Canterbury Naturals include: scone mix, pineapple poppy seed quick bread, chocolate brownie mix, and even a rich and creamy microwave fudge mix.

Dassant International

Dassant International makes a terrific pumpkin spice cake and muffin mix that is perfect for the holiday season. The company also has an Italian orange cake mix. They are both super with hot spiced tea, and is a great breakfast or evening snack for any chilly day. Dassant also makes tasty beer bread mixes.

Tastefully Simple

Tastefully Simple makes a variety of awesome, easy to prepare cake mixes that anyone can make. None of their mixes require more than two ingredients, and they come out perfect every time. The regular line of Tastefully Simple cake mixes includes Nana's Apple Cake and Absolutely Almond pound cake. Additional varieties are offered seasonally.

Read the Fine Print

Even when you use a packaged mix, there is usually more than one way to bake a cake. Most high quality cake mixes offer alternate preparation instructions on their packages. Be on the lookout for great recipe ideas that the manufacturer might have printed right on the box! You never know what kind of creative idea or serving suggestion you might come across.


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    Vondre 9 years ago from Columbia, SC

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