*Cake Mix +1 Ingredient Emergency Desserts*
By: TooshieGalore
27 November 2015

When the lights go out, a little dessert makes everything better. These are one pan, quick and easy, cake-mix + one-ingredient-desserts. They will calm any child (young or old) and fix any sweet tooth during an emergency. They are good enough to eat without frosting so they really are just mix+1 ingredient.

If this is your first time making such a cake, I recommend the Angel Food and pineapple as your first – it's fail proof. Then experiment with what your family likes and add a few to your food storage. There are recipes all over the Internet. Search for "dump cake." Here are a few of my family's favorites:

Do NOT make cake mix according to instructions on the box. Lightly coat pan with cooking oil or spray. Dump in the +1 ingredient then spread cake mix on top. Mix well.

Disregard cooking time. Cook until golden brown, or when cake pulls away from pan sides or when an inserted toothpick comes out clean…whichever doneness-test works best in your circumstances.

Desserts may be cooked in a traditional oven, a Sun Oven, or a Crock-Pot (on low). Cooking times in traditional oven will be less than on the box.

NOTES: If it seems too dry, add a couple of tablespoons of water, juice or butter – whatever you have. Two ingredient cakes don't rise as much as regular cakes but they still taste well and have good texture. Regular soda (Coke, Ginger Ale, Mountain Dew, 7-UP, etc.) can replace diet soda. Cheap sodas work just as well and taste just as good as brands. Home-canned foods can be substituted for store bought. Add walnuts, pecans, almonds, coconut, spices or anything else you have on hand…"mix+1 ingredient" is just for the hard times. Also makes cupcakes.

Cakes are generally moist without the need for icing but some (like red velvet) benefit from adding ice cream or whipped topping if available. (IMHO)

Buy cake mixes around the holidays, when they go on sale. After bringing the mix home from the grocery, freeze it for three days. This kills any possible flour bugs. Then open the box, cut off the instructions and trash the box. Next, open the mix bag and slide a vacuum seal bag over it. Now the mix bag has its open end on the bottom. This way, when you vacuum it, the mix doesn't get sucked up into the seal. I like to seal mixes so they lay mostly flat; thus stack easily into a plastic tote. I include box-instructions in the vacuum bag, just in case I want to make it the "regular way." I have cake mixes that are nine years old and still good.


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