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My baby starts Kindergarten today. It’s that date you countdown to when you first give birth, it’s the huge milestone each parent looks forward to. The only thing is, once it’s here it’s really scary and exciting all at the same time. To celebrate our daughter beginning Kinder we wanted to celebrate this milestone to help ease her anxiety and to show her we are proud of the young lady she is becoming. We celebrated at her favorite restaurant, gave her a few new books and I baked her one amazing chocolate cake. While I was at Target buying school supplies I noticed a new product in the baking aisle. It’s a new cake mix from Pillsbury Purely Simple that is free of dyes, has no preservatives and no artificial flavors. There is also Pillsbury Purely Simple Frosting, Pillsbury Purely Simple Cookie and Pillsbury Purely Simple Brownie Mix. I immediately thought of a decadent, yet simple chocolate cake recipe I could bake for my sweet girl to celebrate this milestone.
I know that this cake might look super complicated, but I have to reassure you that it took me less than two hours from start to finish. You do not need to be an expert baker to create a memorable and tasty cake. I started with Pillsbury Purely Simple Chocolate Cake Mix, all you have to do is add: milk, eggs and butter. While the cake was baking I had the kids help with baking the Pillsbury Purely Simple Chocolate Chip Cookies and Pillsbury Purely Simple Brownies. These mixes were also simple and came together very fast and within no time I had everything baked. To speed up the cake cooling time I moved the warm cake to the refrigerator and prepared the frosting. My friends always want to know my baking secrets and I have to tell you that using mixes is easier, time saving and usually you cannot tell the difference in taste. This new product does not have that aftertaste that some boxed mixes have and by using simple ingredients like butter, milk & eggs it’s like you baked it from scratch but didn’t have to do any of the measuring yourself.
- 1 box Pillsbury Purely Simple Chocolate Cake Mix
- 3 eggs
- 1 stick butter
- 1 cup milk
- 2 bags Pillsbury Purely Simple Vanilla Buttercream Mix
- 2 sticks butter
- ½ cup water
- 1 tsp almond extract
- ½ cup fresh raspberries, smashed.
- Pillsbury Purely Simple Chocolate Chip Cookies (baked according to package)
- Pillsbury Purely Simple Brownies (baked according to package)
- Preheat oven to 350º.
- Grease two 6" cake pans and dust with cocoa powder
- Prepare cake mix according to package instructions.
- Divide batter evenly between the two pans. Bake for 30 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
- Cool cake and invert. Cut each cake in half and remove the top of the cake to create an even surface.
- In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine Purely Simple Buttercream Mix and butter. Combine.
- Add in water and extract. Mix on high until light and fluffy. *I added a little extra powdered sugar to create a thicker consistency to pipe.
- Place frosting in piping bag fitted with tip of choice.
- Layer your sliced cake with even layer of frosting. On second layer spread smashed raspberries on top of frosting.
- Apply a thin crumb coat to the cake and place in refrigerator for ten minutes.
- Pipe frosting and top with brownies & crushed cookie pieces.
I just made this amazing cake using Pillsbury Purely Simple mixes, what would you make with them? I would love to hear from you!
If you’re interested in trying these new products they’re available at Target and you can currently save 25% off on any Pillsbury Purely Simple product with the Cartwheel app.
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