Do you ever see these different flavors of cakes or such in the grocery store and think “Seriously? What will they come up with next?” Those were my initial thoughts when I saw the Caramel Apple Cake Mix by Pillsbury. But I love caramel apples so much that I thought, what the heck! I’m going to get it and make an Easy Caramel Apple Bundt out of it! I think flavors like caramel and apple need a denser cake like a pound cake or bundt cake. Or maybe it’s that I think fall flavors need the heavier cake. I don’t know for sure. I just knew the idea was saying bundt.
And while I was buying, I grabbed the Caramel Apple Frosting by Pillsbury too. I just had to try them together… I just had to! Hehe And as my normal thought process goes, I started to think how I could make it bigger and better. I mean, isn’t bigger and better always the way to go? And then, I sighed, and reeled myself back in. “Just try the cake this time and decide if it’s even any good. Then and only then, you can start messing with it if you really think you need to.”
So, I stuck to the basic simple bundt cake recipe from a box mix. Nothing extra, no special bells or whistles. Just basic goodness. And as soon as I opened the cake mix, the smell of caramel apples hit my nose. Holy caramel apples! It.smelled.a-maz-zing! That made me feel a little better about not doctoring it up. And then after I got the cake in the oven and it started baking and the kitchen started smelling like this amazing warm caramel apple scent… I knew I was done for!
When it was done, I pulled it out of the oven and it took every ounce of restraint I had to not start picking at it. I mean, really, who’s going to notice a hole in the bottom when the cake is flipped out of the pan? It won’t show in the pictures and I doubt that any of my baking donors will notice. And even if they do, I doubt that they would think twice about it. But I was good. I didn’t get into it.
When it flipped it out of the pan, it was gorgeous as usual. I’m telling you, try this Homemade Pan Release! I’ve never, ever had an issue with any bundt sticking with this stuff! And then I took the tub of frosting and just warmed it up in the microwave a little. It works well as a drizzle like this. It started to set up a little as I was working with it so I did spread it a little. But I’m okay with that. I like homemade to look homemade. I like it to have little flaws or a little personality so I know that someone put some time into it.
And after all the pictures were done, I treated myself to a bite of the cake. Ok, maybe it wasn’t one bite. Maybe it was 3 or 4 but who’s counting! Hehe Then my teenager came home and polished off a quarter of the cake in one sitting. I think that means that it was good! Especially when he was asking for a second piece almost before the first one was gone.
And yes, the baking donors gave it two thumbs up as well. Wondering what I mean by baking donors? Well, when you have a baking blog, you need to find people who will take some of the baked goods off your hands so you don’t eat it all yourself or turn your family all into diabetics. And sometimes, when I’m on a baking binge… I need several baking donors. I have a few family members, a few friends at work and a few friends at home that “help” me out when I need them. That would be such a tough job, huh?!?
I hope they don’t ever expect to get paid for this! But boy, what a job that would be! Sign me up!
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