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Betty Crocker Cake Mix to the Rescue

Updated on October 12, 2014

The Cake Mix for Busy People

Everybody in Tokyo seems to constanly be on the move all the time. With most of my friends being in a creative field that includes never-ending projects and deadlines, it's a rare treat that we all are able to get together at the same time.

Last Saturday night, two of my closest friends just happened to be free and decided to invite themselves over for dinner. I had been working all day and had been in a state of stress all week so I decided that a nice meal with friends would be the best thing to do. As usual they would be bringing the wine while I make dinner.

I decided on a Pan-Asian theme for the meal. The menu consisted of a seafood salad with Hawaiian salt, curry croquettes with marinara sauce and grilled salmon with a teriyaki-corn relish. The menu decided, I headed to the supermarket to get the ingredients for my dinner and rushed back home to start cooking. While doing last minute preparations I realized I was missing something-the most crucial part of the entire meal.

I had completely forgotten about dessert! As my mind panicked and scrambled for quick ideas, I started to hyperventilate. At this point, I decided that taking a nice hot shower would be the best thing.

Betty Crocker to the Rescue!

Taking a quick shower never fails to rejuvenate me. Once I got dressed, I started to look around my cupboards to see if I had anything I could use for dessert. That's when I found a box of Betty Crocker Cake Mix I had been saving for a rainy day.

After brainstorming for a full two minutes, I figured cupcakes would bake faster. I also had some nice powdered green tea that I purchased on a recent trip to Kyoto and it was nearing its expiration date. It was quickly decided that green tea cupcakes were going to be the finale to my meal.

I have to say that I'm surprised at how easy it is to make a good-tasting cake with Betty Crocker cake mixes. All I needed was 3 eggs, oil and water. You basically mix these basic ingredients and then pop it into the oven to bake. While my cupcakes were in the oven, I quickly made the green tea frosting combining powdered green tea, some cream, butter and confectioner's sugar. My cupcakes were done and decorated with the frosting in about 30 minutes.

The great thing about Betty Crocker's French Vanilla cake is that it has a rather subtle flavor that pairs well with other flavors. I sometimes like to simply eat the cake with some fruit preserves for a delicious afternoon treat.

A Fabulous Dinner with a Sweet Ending

In the end, my dinner turned out great and my dessert came out quite nice considering it was something I whipped up at the last minute. My friends and I enjoyed the dinner and while my salmon was a bit overcooked, the cupcakes were a hit.

The cake turned out moist and had a good flavor that didn't overpower the green tea frosting. In the future, I would like to experiment with other flavors such as chocolate and lemon. I love to cook and I do enjoy making cake from scratch now and then. But when I'm pressed for time, Betty Crocker is always a good bet.

Green Tea Cupcake Recipe

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These are the green tea cupcakes I made for dinner. They turned out pretty good too.
These are the green tea cupcakes I made for dinner. They turned out pretty good too.

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I'm always busy whipping up easy recipes in my tiny urban kitchen in Tokyo. Here are just a few you might like.

Do you like using cake mixes for baking? What's your favorite flavor? Please feel free to share your thoughts.

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      Dhookraj Singh 3 years ago

      Strange that I should come across this page.The only time I baked a cake I used Betty Crocker mix.

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @MarcellaCarlton: Yes, although I try to stay away from mixes, they are a big life saver now and then.

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      MarcellaCarlton 3 years ago

      My husband has a thing for white cake with white frosting. So easy with the Betty Crocker mixes!

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @lollyj lm: Ahhh that sounds so yummy. Lemon Glaze!

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @VinnWong: I know!

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      Laurel Johnson 3 years ago from Washington KS

      My family's favorite is Lemon Glaze cake made with Betty Crocker lemon cake mix. It's always moist and tasty. Loved this lens!!

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      VinnWong 3 years ago

      These are so hard to find in Japan! Thanks!

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @Merrci: Thanks so much!

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      Merry Citarella 3 years ago from Oregon's Southern Coast

      Fun lens!

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @WriterJanis2: these cake mixes are just so convenient And tasty

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      WriterJanis2 3 years ago

      I love using this.

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      Mommie-Moola 3 years ago

      I use them sometimes. You know what goes good with cake? MILK! ;)

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @Pat Goltz: I almost wish I didn't have a sweet tooth so I envy you for not liking sweets. On the other hand, I love being in love with sweets. :) Thanks for the comment!

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      Pat Goltz 3 years ago

      I like the idea of green tea cupcakes. I don't bake at all or eat sweet things much, though.

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @LornsA178: Aww thanks so much. Glad you enjoyed it.

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @conniec123: Hey Connie. Thanks for the comment. My mother never baked so it's surprising why I like to. Baking and cooking is almost therapeutic for me. Hope you're having a great day!

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      LornsA178 3 years ago

      Nice story telling, I enjoy reading your lens. I love Betty Crocker cake mixes too.

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      Connie Clyburn 3 years ago

      I like to bake when I have time. It's fun to get in the kitchen and create yummy things to eat and it reminds me of days long ago when I was younger and used to watch my aunts bake and cook. Thanks for this great lens!

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @Tarra99: Wow, it's so encouraging to see so many people relying on Betty Crocker and not just me. Thanks for commenting!

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @emma_07: Thanks so much

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @CharMarie: Thank you CharMarie

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @emma_07: I appreciate it emma.

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @VspaBotanicals: Thanks Vspa. So glad to see you again. :)

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @mbgphoto: Aww thanks so much for those kind words. This was a fun lens to make!

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @Jennifer Lawyer: I just had one of the best red velvet cupcakes at a newly opened cafe. YUM!

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      federico-biuso 3 years ago

      Interesting Lens... thanks for sharing!!!!

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @federico-biuso: Thank you for visiting federico. Much appreciated. :)

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      Tarra99 3 years ago

      When I was working and incharge of the "birthday cupcakes" I always chose Betty Crocker cake mixes...so fast and easy!

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      CharMarie 3 years ago

      Nice lens!

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      emma_07 3 years ago

      great lens.

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      VspaBotanicals 3 years ago

      Cake mixes are excellent. Excellent lens!!!

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      Mary Beth Granger 3 years ago from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA

      What a great lens! You made a cake mix sound so interesting...great story. I always keep cake mixes on my shelves for emergencies..but never thought of writing a lens about them. Congratulations on you fun creativity!

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      Jennifer Lawyer 3 years ago

      So much possibility in a boxed mix! Thanks for sharing...now I am craving cupcakes! :)

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @ktrainer1: Aww thanks for reading!

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @tammywilliams09: Green tea flavor is really good if you like the taste of it. I also feel less guilty eating anything made with real green tea because of its health benefits. :)

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @Adventuretravels: Haha. That's pretty funny because the first few times, I didn't tell my friends that I used a cake mix. They kept praising my baking skills. I ended up telling them the truth because just like you, a few of them started to ask for my recipe.

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      ktrainer1 3 years ago

      Fun read! Thanks for sharing :)

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      tammywilliams09 3 years ago

      Thanks for sharing your story. I never tried a Green Tea icing before so I am glad that it went well. Sometimes I would use cake mixes but rarely bake now.

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      Giovanna Sanguinetti 3 years ago from London UK

      Yes I do - I had to make cakes for my son's school, they were fundraising. So I bought chocolate cake mix, and it was so good that people started asking me for the recipe! I know that sounds like a tale everyone tells -but in my case it's true! In the end I had to own up.

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @RowanChisholm: You know, I could probably still manage to eat the whole thing, but then I'll probably feel like throwing up afterwards. I do dream of eating a whole cake though but only in my dreams. Hope you're having a great day Rowan!

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @artbyrodriguez: Wow, I'm surprised so many people have cake mix standing for emergencies. It's so good to know I'm not the only one that's crazy about dessert!

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @DLeighAlexander: I have to try angel food. I can't seem to find that in my area.

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @favored: Oh no, am I starting to become predictable? ;) That thing in the middle is actually a green tea chocolate ball I found at the store right across my building.

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @giltotherescue: Hey thanks giltotherescue!

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @Susan Zutautas: Ohhh pineapple sounds wonderful! That's something I'm going to try next time.

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @bdkz: Haha. Thanks so much. I tell you she really did save the day!

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      Rowan Chisholm 3 years ago from Washington state

      I remember making cakes from mixes when I was 8 or 9 years old. I could manage the whole thing...unlike a cake from scratch which was still a bit beyond me. (I was doing cookies from scratch, but cakes were harder.) My favorite was chocolate.

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      Beverly Rodriguez 3 years ago from Albany New York

      I like the Angel Food Cake, too. I have a box of that standing by! I'm a dessert person, so I enjoyed your Betty Crocker article.

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      DLeighAlexander 3 years ago

      Great story! Can't have a dinner party with no dessert; your cupcakes sound delicious! My favorite cake mix is Angel Food.

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      Fay Favored 3 years ago from USA

      All I had to do was read the title and I knew it was you! What is that in the middle of the cupcake? Always fun reading your articles. Now I want cupcakes :) Just so happens I have that same cake mix and like you, was saving it. Green tea is something I would have never thought of using.

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      Gil Hildebrand 3 years ago from New Orleans, LA

      Great tea frosting. Sounds delicious! Way to save that dinner.

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      Susan Zutautas 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I like to make cake box cookies. I try to use a different flavor cake mix each time I make them. I add chocolate chips, nuts, cherries and sometimes pineapple to give a different taste each time.

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      bdkz 3 years ago

      This is a great story. Love that Betty Crocker saved the day!