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1-2-3 Cake!

BOY OH BOY, do I have something for you guys…

  • THREE ingredients
  • MINIMAL dirty dishes
  • MAXIMAL couch relaxation

One cake so moist and delicious, I couldn’t you can’t help but be appalled by the inadequacy of your fork to do its job.

Amateur hour

Now, when it comes to cooking and baking, the majority of the time, I’m a make-from-scratch kinda girl.

But dash it all, sometimes that childhood Betty Crocker vanilla birthday cake taste is EXACTLY what I’m looking for.

I’d heard of using instant pudding in cake-mix cakes along with the typical add-ins, but I wanted something even easier.  After a bit of Google-rummaging, I found a few recipes that nixed almost everything but the instant pudding.

The recipe that will unfold before you is winning amalgam of those few.

Back to Basics

Not only does this recipe take all of five minutes to whip up before popping in the oven, it’s significantly HEALTHIER than a traditional cake-mix cake. No butter, no oil and MOST IMPORTANTLY, a serious reduction in sugar.

Before we dive in, let me just express that in my opinion, moderate use of butter and heart-healthy oils like canola and coconut is PART OF A BALANCED lifestyle. Despite my love of all things sweet, however; I will almost always be an advocate of less sugar in recipes. 

Why’s that?

1) It’s not good for your sweet lil’ body

2) Most recipes call for more than necessary to make a great-tasting product.

3) There’s nothing scarier than being at the whim of your dentist and his drill. Just sayin’.

Ok, now on to the good stuff!

Start by preheating your oven to 350 degrees, and grease a 9×13 in. baking dish or a round cake pan–we used melted butter, but you can use canola oil or other spray if you like (‘we’–roomie Carina co-chaired this project with me!).

Empty your packet of instant pudding into a bowl along with two cups of COLD milk, and whisk vigorously for about two minutes, or until the mixture begins to thicken.

Bring back that elbow grease!

Open your box of cake mix and slowly add it into the pudding along with one teaspoon of vanilla extract (optional).

Still with me?

Once the batter is just barely incorporated, stir in any goodies that you like. Carina and I opted for spring-time sprinkles!

Around this time, that familiar and intoxicating scent of reproduction cake batter will start makin’ you a little light-headed.

You’re getting sleeeepyy…

Stay strong. It is  important that you taste the batter while remaining aware of your surroundings. You CAN be in control of the situation–we’re not bobbing for apples here, people. Stick with a mixing spoonful. Remember that there is more to come.

Now, just pour the batter into your greased baking dish and pop it into your preheated oven.

Finish line.

Alright, you have some time to regroup.

I would recommend beginning to check on your cake after 25 minutes, and every 5-10 minutes thereafter. It can take up to 40 minutes, depending on your oven. You want to be able to stick a toothpick or fork in and have it come out with a tiny bit of dough–not completely clean.

When AREN’T sprinkles a good idea?

Once out, use the stamina you built during that re-grouping period to LET YOUR CAKE COOL FOR AT LEAST TEN MINUTES.

Not gonna lie, 10 was ALL we gave it.

We topped our slices with another version of protein frosting! This brilliant version was inspired by Carina’s fabulous mom, and I gotta say, it knocks version 1 outta the park.

PROTEIN FROSTING 2.0

  • 2/3 container Cool Whip
  • 1/2 17.6 oz container Greek Yogurt
  • 2 tsp sugar-free vanilla instant Jello Pudding

Stir together and MARVEL. This stuff is addicting.

Schmeared on a piece of 1-2-3 Cake?

Get my good side.

I think I blacked out. 

1-2-3 CAKE!

  • 1 box sugar-free vanilla instant pudding (we used Jello)
  • 1 box yellow cake mix (we used Betty Crocker Super Moist Butter Yellow mix)
  • 1 container sprinkles or add-in of your choice. White chocolate chips? Coconut? Sky’s the limit.
  • 2 cups cold milk (we used skim but anything will work except soy, which cannot be used with instant pudding)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract (optional)

This cake could also be made using CHOCOLATE cake mix and chocolate instant pudding, or whatever combination your heart desires!

EASY PEASY and absurdly tasty, this cake is the perfect solution when you’re in need of a quick party dessert, or when you just need to experience the miracle of having an ENTIRE cake before YOU in a matter of minutes!

Can’t blame a guy for trying.

Now all you need are some party hats and a scary clown to complete the time warp!

Let me know if you give this incredible recipe a try, and have a great Saturday night!

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