Monday, March 7, 2011

March Cake Odyssey

Yet another snow day last week gave me reason enough to bake this cake.  Snow and ice?  No problem.  I've got cake.  Being that I always keep a couple of cake mixes on-hand for "emergencies" and the rest of the ingredients are cupboard staples, it was a snap to throw this afternoon snack/dessert together with ease.  Yet another tasty recipe from Ree Drummond's Tasty Kitchen.

Honeybun Cake
Here's What You Need:
1 box yellow cake mix
4 eggs
1 cup sour cream
¾ cup vegetable oil
1 cup brown sugar
2 teaspoons cinnamon
2 cups powdered sugar
6 Tablespoons milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Here's What You Do:
Preheat your oven to 325 degrees.  In a large mixing bowl, combine the cake mix, eggs, sour cream, and oil until well-incorporated. Be sure not to over-mix, a few lumps are A-OK.  Set the bowl aside.

In a separate bowl, mix together the brown sugar and cinnamon until well-blended; set aside.

Pour half of the cake batter into a greased 13×9 pan, spreading the batter out into a thin layer. Add half of the brown sugar/cinnamon mixture to the top. 

Jenna helped with this step.

Be sure to cover the entire layer of batter.  Pour the rest of the batter on top, and spread the batter until the cake is even. Top the cake off with the rest of the brown sugar/cinnamon mixture. Now, here's the really fun part!  Take a knife and swirl the batter.  Be sure you aren't "mixing" the ingredients together. 

Expert "swirling" at its best!

Bake for 45-50 minutes, or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.

To make the glaze, mix the powdered sugar, milk, and vanilla.  Use a small whisk to get all of the powdered sugar lumps dissolved.  When the cake comes out of the oven, immediately pour glaze onto the hot cake. 

Be sure to cover the entire top of the cake with the glaze, tilting the cake pan if necessary.  Serve this cake warm and I guarantee you that you will be loved and adored by whomever has a taste. 

This cake is over-the-top, ridiculously delicious.  It is also over-the-top, ridiculously easy.  Add this to your repertoire today.  You'll be the hit of the next potluck!

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