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I love parties because I love good food. Entertaining is always made better when you can enjoy something sweet. So today I made three recipes that are sure to inspire and all three started from a box.
As a dad of a 5 year old, I’ve learned that sometimes I can’t make everything from scratch. No matter how hard I try, life gets in the way, so I turn to products and brands that I enjoy and one particular brand I keep coming back to is Pillsbury.
If you haven’t tried the new Pillsbury Purely Simple baking products you are in for a treat. They contain no preservatives, artificial colors or bleached flour and I think you can taste it. My wife sent me to the store for one cake mix, I came home with three. Classic right?
I couldn’t help but want to try all three. So I made a recipe that embodies each of my family. First up a delicious and simple strawberry bundt cake, representing my wife.
This cake is simple and airy. With strawberries folded into the batter it has a fresh taste to it. It’s topped with some melted white chocolate chips, her favorite. She loves fresh fruit and the cake lent itself so well.
The cake comes together so quickly, simply follow the instructions on the box, add a few strawberries into the batter and voila, a beautiful bundt cake. The chocolate was melted in the microwave and just drizzled on top. Pure and simple.
Next we have my daughter, a 5 year old who can’t ever make up her mind so desserts always have 7 different kinds of sprinkles. For her I made a delicious peanut butter brownie pizza.
This was super fun to make and a very kid friendly recipe. Take the Purely Simple mix and follow the instructions on the box. Add the mix to an oven safe pan (I used a cast-iron skillet.) While this next step is optional, I like to add a circle of parchment paper to the bottom of the pan for easy extraction of the brownie.
Next bake in the oven. The brownie will essentially serve as the pizza ‘crust.’ Next your ‘sauce,’ the peanut butter. I used about a half a small jar and just layered it onto the brownie, once it had cooled completely. Next add your toppings! This is where you can go a little crazy. We added three different kinds of chocolate chips, all available at Kroger as well as caramel and chocolate sauce.
Bites of heaven and definitely a kid-approved recipe.
Lastly, I love cookie dough. Even in a raw state I love it. So I picked up some Pillsbury cookie dough from Kroger also with a Chocolate Purely Simple cake mix. I followed the instructions on the box, then added a small ball of cookie dough to each cupcake.
After baking the cupcakes I made a delicious cookie dough frosting. I do not include eggs in the frosting, so it keeps well and is safe to eat. The frosting has an amazing texture and you truly free like you are eating cookie dough.
When I shared these creations with friends, many were genuinely surprised the cakes and brownies started from a box. Most just assumed it was homemade from scratch. Maybe next time I’ll let the mixes take the hassle out of baking. The texture, taste and overall quality of the cake truly impressed.
I would encourage you to stop by Kroger and try this Purely Simply baking products by Pillsbury. Make sure to print out this $.50 off 1 coupon for some additional savings.