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101 Things to Do with a Cake Mix [Kindle Edition]

Stephanie Ashcraft
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Book Description

Move over Betty Crocker--101 Things to Do With a Cake Mix will amaze your friends and leave them Jell-O green with envy! From Snickers Surprise Cookies to Christmas Rainbow Poke Cake, it's the best thing to happen in the kitchen since your last romantic rendezvous! So what are you waiting for? Grab a cake mix, whip up some goodies, and throw some flour on your face so it looks like you spent days in the kitchen.

Editorial Reviews


"For those times you need to fix something fast "from scratch," turn to 101 Things to Do With a Cake Mix by Stephanie Ashcraft (Gibbs Smith, 2002). From Hawaiian Pineapple to luscious Lemonade Cake, the recipes are foolproof ways of faking homemade by using cake mix and on-hand ingredients. (First for Women 2003-02-24)

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Contents Helpful Hints 9 Brownies and Bars White-Chocolate Fudge Bars 13 Lemon Squares 14 Peanut Butter-Chocolate Chip Bars 15 Cheesecake Bars (Grandma Dircks' Specialty) 16 Chocolate Squares 17 Chewy Brownies 18 Cherry Chip Squares 19 Chewy Lemon Bars 20 Strawberry Squares 21 Peanut Butter Brownies 22 Chewy Chocolate Chip Bars 23 Gooey Bars 24 Heavenly Brownies 25 Apple-Cinnamon Bars 26 Butterscotch Chip Bars 27 Reese's Pieces Bars 28 Pumpkin Pie Bars 29 Cream Cheese Bars 30 German Chocolate Bars 31 Cookies Reese's Cookies 35 Chewy Lemon Cookies 36 Sweet Delights 37 Chocolate Chip Cookies 38 Touch O'Honey 39 Peanut Butter-Kiss Cookies 40 Easy Snicker Doodles 41 Butterfinger Cookies 42 Quick and Easy Peanut Butter Cookies 43 Chocolate Butterscotch-Chip Cookies 44 Easy M&M Cookies 45 Choco Sandwich Cookies 46 Fruity Cakes Cherry Pie-Filling Cake 49 Lemon-Lime Refrigerator Cake 50 Apple Pie-Filling Cake 51 Banana Split Cake 52 Pina Colada Cake 53 Cherry-Chocolate Cake 54 Applesauce Cake 55 Fruit Cocktail Cake 56 Pineapple-Orange Cake 57 Mandarin Orange Cake 58 Punchbowl Cake 59 Tropical Getaway Cake 60 Peach Cake 61 Apple-Spice Cake 62 Hawaiian Pineapple Cake 63 Pineapple-Cherry Dump Cake 64 Apple Streusel 65 Cherry Coffee Cake 66 Blueberry Dump Cake 67 Valentine Love Cake 68 Fancy Cakes Dump Cake 71 Strawberry-Banana Gelatin Poke Cake 72 Strawberry Decadence 73 Yogurt Cake 74 Cookies-and-Cream Cake 75 Heath Bar Cake 76 Butterfinger Cake 77 Pudding Poke Cake 78 Cherry Chunk Cake 79 Confetti Cake 80 Chocolate-Lover's Cake 81 Easy Cheesecake 82 Orange-Pumpkin Cake 84 Butterfinger Crumb Cake 85 Swiss-Chocolate Dump Cake 86 Chocolate-Crumb Pudding Cake 87 Upside-Down German Chocolate Cake 88 Lemonade Cake 89 Choconut Cake 90 Chocolate Caramel Cake 91 Marbled Love Cake 92 Caramel-Pecan Chocolate Cake 93 Gelatin Poke Cake 94 Bundt Cakes Lemon Poppy-Seed Cake 97 Death-By-Chocolate Cake 98 Banana Bundt Cake 99 Pistachio Cake 100 Pistachio Pound Cake 101 Incredible Bundt Cake 102 Cream Cheese-Lemon Pound Cake 103 Luscious Lemon Cake 104 Muffins and Breads Oatmeal-Raisin Muffins 107 Easy Banana Bread 108 Banana-Nut Muffins 108 Chocolate-Chocolate Chip Muffins 109 Quick and Easy Cornbread 110 Children's Delights Quick and Easy Apple Crisp 113 Snickers Surprise Cookies 114 Delicious Dirt 115 Ice Cream-Cone Cupcakes 116 Easy Ice Cream Sandwiches 117 Valentine Cookies 118 American Flag Cake 119 Jack-O-lantern Cake 120 Black Cat Cookies 121 Pumpkin-Patch Halloween Cake 122 Halloween Spider Cake 123 Pumpkin Delight 124 Peppermint Cake 125 Christmas-Rainbow Poke Cake 126

Product Details

  • File Size: 808 KB
  • Print Length: 130 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1586852175
  • Publisher: Gibbs Smith (August 1, 2002)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #313,975 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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95 of 96 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Family-Oriented Fun With A Cake Mix December 3, 2002
'101 Things to do with a Cake Mix' is as unique and fun as it's packaging. The book comes in a 7 1\2' by 5 1\2' size, with spiral binding and a plastic cover. The packaging makes the book extremely useful ' no propping the pages open or worrying about wrecking the cover by dropping cake batter all over it. All cookbooks should be this easy to bake with!
The book is great for a wide range of bakers, but parents will value this book as a treasure chest of family fun. The final chapter of the book is 'Children's Delights.' The recipes include 'Delicious Dirt', which is a recipe for a chocolate pudding cake, covered with 'dirt' (crushed Oreo cookies). There are seasonal recipes for holiday activities, such as 'Valentine Cookies,' 'American Flag Cake,' 'Halloween Spider Cake,' and even a 'Peppermint Cake.' The children's chapter will guarantee fun for cooking with your children during the holidays.
While baking from this book, two recipes in particular stood out: 'Heavenly Brownies' and 'Sweet Delights.' 'Heavenly Brownies' (page 25) is a classic cream-cheese brownie recipe, without the brownie mix. Ashcraft substitutes a chocolate cake mix in place of the traditional brownie mix. These brownies bake wonderfully, they are moist and decadent. The 'heavenly' twist in the name makes them ideal for church bake sales and Sunday school classes. I pack them in tins and give them away as 'care packages.'
The 'Sweet Delights' recipe (page 37) is a sure kid-pleaser. My test audience was my one-year-old nephew. He gobbled these cookies down, leaving behind nothing but a chocolate-covered giggle and fudgy handprints on his highchair. The cookies are moist, chewy, and don't involve measuring a large amount of ingredients.
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38 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pistachio Cake with Orange Cream Icing December 5, 2003
Stephanie Ashcraft's mother taught her "that anything could be made with a cake mix." It does seem to be true. This tiny, easy-to-read cookbook has recipes for everything from Chocolate Chip Cookies to Peppermint Cake. Stephanie teaches a cooking class entitled "101 Things to Do with a cake Mix" for Macey's Little Cooking Theatre in Provo and Orem, Utah.

There are a few helpful hints on page 9 that teach you a few tricks about baking cakes, making chewier cookies and keeping fruit fresh. I've never used glass or stoneware baking dishes for cakes, so that is a new idea for me. I've been buying my cake pans from "Jane's Cakes & Chocolates." The results were rather stunning when I used the pans she sells.

What amazes me about this cookbook is the sheer simplicity of the recipes and the absolute beauty of the results. Some of the recipes you might enjoy:

White-Chocolate Fudge Bars
Easy Snicker Doodles
Lemon-Lime Refrigerator Cake
Apple-Spice Cake
Valentine Love Cake (strawberry juice soaks into the cake)
Orange-Pumpkin Cake
Oatmeal-Raisin Muffins
Easy Ice Cream Sandwiches

It was quite by accident that I tried the recipe on "page 101" and took the cake to our Thanksgiving party. The recipe was for Pistachio Pound Cake and it turned out to be "Moist, chocolaty, pistachio, dream cake." My relatives were impressed. It is not every day that I try a new recipe and then bravely take the cake to a party, but this book looked like a winner. The ingredients are little more than a white cake mix and pistachio instant pudding. In fact, I made this so fast, I thought for sure I'd missed a few steps.

Well, there are really only three steps and 8 ingredients.
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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy June 16, 2003
By Linda
I just loved this book. So often we get cook books that say easy as 1 2 3 and they end up being as hard as 98 99 100!! One of the best things about the book is most of the ingredients you will have in you cabinets, no running around to speciality shops to find items you never heard of. I get more compliments when I make one of the cakes, I have more people ask me for the recipe, and when I bring a cake to a party there is never any left over. I would rather cook than bake but with this book I am baking more. I cant't say enough about it, just buy it and you will be the hit of the party.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 101 things to do with a cake mix September 13, 2002
What a great book! The recipe's are so simple and make you (the cook) look like a gourmet cook! Many of the recipe's use items you already have on hand so you can take a regular cake mix and turn into a FABULOUS homemade desert. I found this book to be a great wedding gift, a "have-to have" book to send off to college with your college student, and easy enough for young children to make and share with pride.
This book is a MUST for busy people on the go who want to make a wonderful desert without all the fuss.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE BEST COOKBOOK FOR BAKING EVER! July 6, 2006
I tell you what, this cookbook RULES. I got married with ZERO skills in the kitchen, and I married a man who loves good baked goods. I was like "Sheesh! HOw do I learn how to make yummy stuff, when I haven't clue one how to begin, & we're broke.... it's not like I can experiment with expensive ingredients & make a bunch of mistakes & turn out gross cakes."

THIS BOOK was my total salvation & I am not kidding! I literally use it EVERY WEEK. I have had this book for probably 4 years and I have developed A GREAT reputation as an EXCEPTIONAL breads & cake baker!! NO KIDDING.

I bring refreshments at church every other week for after service, & people RAVE about my stuff & can't wait until I am Treats Lady the next time.

YOU HAVE GOT TO TRY the corn bread. It is THE EASIEST thing in the WORLD to make; my children can make it. And it tastes soooooooo good! The loaves bake up so pretty; I even give it as gifts. One lady was like "What makes this SO GOOD? DO you put cream in it? butter?" NOPE! NEITHER!

And I don't give ANYONE my recipes from this book OR give this book as a gift. because the recipes are SO EASY that it would blow my cover as a great baker! I just tell everyone the recipe is a SECRET whenever I bring a super-good treat somewhere!!

My mother in law is a total from-scratch cook & does all recipes the LONG way. EVEN SHE cannot duplicate the results I have gotten from THIS BOOK!

EASY! FUN! And I have NEVER had a recipe flop from this book.

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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great little book for anyone's kitchen
Great little book for anyone's kitchen. A must have for any baker! Simple directions, few ingredients and great delicious sweets!
Published 23 days ago by MichelleL
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love the recipes.
Published 24 days ago by Linda Parker
4.0 out of 5 stars Shortcuts are nice.
Good ideas for quick recipes.
Published 1 month ago by jkj
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Fantastic book
Published 1 month ago by Judy Maltby
4.0 out of 5 stars Cookbooks for a new 14 year old cook
I bought these cookbooks for a 14 year old young man that I am mentoring in the Big Brother program. Every young man needs to know how to cook before they leave their Mom's home. Read more
Published 1 month ago by SlickUser
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT recipes
This is an awesome book with really good recipes in it. I made the cookies in my Pampered chef brownie pan! They were SOOO GOOD. Tasted like chocolate covered strawberries! YUMMY
Published 2 months ago by Cathy
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I love to 'CHANGE" RECIPES JUST A BIT. This and all the other "CakeMix" books are geat...
Published 2 months ago by Joanne S. Simon
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great! I would recommend this seller.
Published 3 months ago by Ree
4.0 out of 5 stars Add a couple of cake mixes to this book and ...
Add a couple of cake mixes to this book and give it for Christmas presents....that would be different, but creative.
Published 3 months ago by Ruth Wyatt
5.0 out of 5 stars Happy
I have had a lot of fun with this book. It has some great ideas and recipes in it. My daughter also loves it.
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More About the Author

Stephanie Ashcraft, author of numerous cookbooks including the best selling 101 Things To Do With A Cake Mix, lives outside of Tucson, Arizona with her husband and 4 children. Cooking is her hobby gone out of control. She and her books have appeared in numerous television programs, radio shows, newspapers, and magazines nationwide. She loves teaching people how to save time and money in the kitchen. Stephanie has a bachelors degree in Family Science from Brigham Young University.

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