Monday, January 31, 2011

How to Turn Trader Joe's Vanilla Cake Mix into a Dark Chocolate Cake

I made a chocolate birthday cake this weekend and I didn't have a chocolate cake mix on hand...and I didn't feel up to measuring everything out for a chocolate cake. (Chocolate cake is not my strength to begin with!) Anyway,  I decided to try an experiment and use Trader Joe's Vanilla Cake Mix and turn it into a chocolate cake. It has all the flavorings in it already, so I figured if I added some dark chocolate cocoa powder, it should do the trick, right? Well, I made the cake per the instructions on the side (added two eggs, a stick of melted butter, a cup milk) and then I added 3/4 cup of Hershey's dark chocolate cocoa powder to the dry mix. I mixed it all together and it looked like a nice, gooey chocolatey cake batter! There was no way anyone would be able to tell that this wasn't 100% homemade! I love Trader Joe's Vanilla Cake Mix--it is so versatile and convenient! Who would have thought this cake mix could be transformed into a chocolate cake?! It totally worked!!!

Because I hate frosting (unless it's a cream cheese-based one or just plain whipped cream), I decided to make a chocolate sauce to pour on top of the chocolate cake instead. It worked great!

Ingredients for Chocolate sauce:

1 cup Nestle Semisweet Chocolate chips
3/4 cup heavy whipping cream
1 teaspoon vanilla


In a double boiler (I just put a metal bowl on top of a small pan of simmering water), add the chocolate and cream and stir until chocolate chips are melted. Stir in the vanilla at the end.

Pour generously over each individual slice and enjoy! You can also use this chocolate sauce over ice cream, fruit or cookies!

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