Recipe: The Cake Mix Doctor is in

Having more fun with boxed cake mix

Boxed cake mix makes me feel like a slacker. But making cakes from scratch can be time-consuming. Enter the Cake Mix Doctor!

I got Anne Byrn’s book, The Cake Mix Doctor, as a gift. I was skeptical at first. But I’ve seen the light over the years. Her use of extra ingredients to make cake mixes more fun and tasty is really quite life-saving at times. She usually adds milk or uses butter instead of oil or adds in some special ingredient to spice a cake mix up.

This time I tried the Sweet Potato Cake with Coconut Pecan Cream Cheese Frosting. Whoa baby, was it good! It takes a regular old spice cake mix and adds in canned sweet potatoes (with a few other add-ins). It ends up being a very moist spice cake, with a little extra taste. The icing is divine too. (I changed that up a little by sprinkling the coconut on top and placing walnuts on the top with it, and not mixing it in. I decided on walnuts over pecans because they were cheaper this week.) Overall, the cake was a success with the family. Here’s the pictures:

Sweet Potato Cake with Coconut Pecan Cream Cheese Frosting

Sweet Potato Cake with Coconut Pecan Cream Cheese Frosting

Interior shot of Sweet Potato Cake with Coconut Pecan Cream Cheese Frosting

Interior shot of Sweet Potato Cake with Coconut Pecan Cream Cheese Frosting

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