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DIY Sweets Mixes June 19, 2012

Filed under: baked goods,dessert,mixes — meier1014 @ 12:03 pm

I am very much against prepackged baking mixes. They are filled with all sorts of chemicals, they’re over priced, and frankly I can just as easily make somethng from scratch that will taste way better. But, while feeding my pinterest addiction I noticed just how many recipes call for cake mix, or cookie dough mix, and they want it in the powdered form, not in batter form. So for the longest time I haven’t been able to make all these recipes that I wanted to make. Until I had an epiphany today. Why not MAKE the mixes myself? Genius, right? So I went back to pinterest and found a couple recipes for yellow cake mix and sugar cookie mix, compared them to the recipes I have for yellow cake and sugar cookies. The mix recipes I came up with are pretty simple, and I bet you have all the ingredients on hand.


Yellow Cake Mix


2c flour

1.5c sugar

1tbl baking powder

1 (3.4oz) box of pudding mix (I used vanilla, but you can use any flavor you want. Pistachio sounds amazing…)


Combine ingredients (I used my food preocessor to make sure it was well combined and the ingredients were more uniform) and store in an air tight container. This recipe is equal to one starndard box of cake mix.

To make this as a cake:

1 recipe yellow cake mix

3/4c milk

1tsp vanilla

1/2c butter, softened

3 egg


-Combine ingredients and mix with an electric mixer for 2 minutes.

-Grease and flour your baking dish

-Bake at 350F

8-9″rounds: 20-25 mins

13×9: 35-40 mins

Cupcakes:12-15 mins

Bundt: 45-50 mins


Sugar Cookie Dough Mix


1 1/2c Flour

3/4c sugar

1/2tsp baking powder

1/2tsp baking soda

1/2tsp salt

Combine and store in an airtight container

To make cookies:

1 recipe cookie mix

1/2c butter, softened

1 egg

1/2tsp vanilla


-Combine ingredients

-Bake at 350F for approx 9-11 minutes



Cinnamon Swirl Sourdough Banana Bread June 10, 2012

Filed under: baked goods,sourdough — meier1014 @ 1:17 pm


I love banana bread. My mom has been making it for as long as I can remember, and it was one of the first things I learned how to bake. There are so many ways you can make banana bread, so many things you can add, and I think I have tried the majority of them. But I was looking at Pinterest (Hello my name is Anna and I am a pinterest food & drink category addict) the other day and saw two things I had never tried when it came to banana bread. Sourdough and cinnamon swirl. They were two different recipes and the both looked amazing. Plus I needed to feed my sourdough AND had bananas in the freezer waiting to be used. So what else was there for me to do besides make banana bread? Since my sourdough needed to be fed I decided to look into the sourdough banana bread version. But I couldn’t get the idea of a cinnamon swirl out of my head. So I said to myself “why not combine the two?!?!!” I did, and OH. MY. GOSH!!!! The results were outstanding!!! It was super moist, and delicious. The only downfall was that the swirl messed with the integrity of the bread so it was a bit hard to cut and a bit messy to eat. But oh man, the mess was worth it!

Cinnamon Swirl Sourdough Banana Bread
1/3 cup shortening
1 cup sugar
1 egg
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1 cup mashed banana
1 cup sourdough starter
1 tsp vanilla

Cinnamon Swirl
1/3c brown sugar
1tbs cinnamon

-Cream together the shortening and sugar, add egg, and mix until blended.
-Stir in bananas and sourdough starter.
-Add vanilla.
-Sift flour, measure again with salt, baking powder, and soda.
-Add flour mixture and walnuts to the first mixture, stirring just until blended.
-Combine brown sugar and cinnamon in a bowl and set aside.
-Line a loaf pan with parchment paper
-Pour 1/3 of banana bread batter into the lines loaf pan, sprinkle 1/3 of the cinnamon sugar over the top, and repeat (it should end up batter, sugar, batter, sugar, batter, sugar)
-Bake in 350 oven for 1 hour or until toothpick comes out clean.
-Cool before slicing.


I spread a bit of cream cheese frosting over the first piece I had and it was banana bread HEAVEN!