Three years ago today, I became a Mommy for the first time. Being a Mommy is the greatest challenge and greatest joy in my life and I wouldn’t trade it for the world. Happy Birthday, Little One!
Lately, the little guy has watched the movie Wall-e nearly everyday (he won’t nap anymore, so during “rest time” he gets to choose a show to watch and can fall asleep if he needs to), so the obvious choice was to make a Wall-e themed cake.
My wonderful husband helped me sketch a bunch of Wall-e’s, and I was able to create a fondant based Wall-e cake for my special little man.
Since we were expecting a lactose intolerant guest at our party, I had the opportunity to try a different kind of cake. Since the cakes I’ve made in the past (both from scratch and the doctored cake mix) required milk, I decided to try a different, milk free cake. I ended up doctoring a cake mix, hoping for a nice firm cake that could stand up to decorating.
The cake I made was delicious. It was super moist and spongy (and the leftovers stayed moist for days). However, it is not a dense cake. I was thankful that this was not used to make a tiered cake. I fear we would have had problems. However, it was perfect for a simple two layer cake for my little boy’s birthday party.
Super Moist Doctored Cake Mix
1 package of cake mix (any flavor)
Eggs, oil, and water as indicated on the cake mix
1 cup all purpose flour
¾ cup sugar
1 tsp baking powder
½ cup canola oil
2/3 cup water
Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Grease the pans you plan to use (I used two 9-inch pans and they were full)
Place all ingredients in the bowl of a stand mixer. Blend on low until ingredients are combined, about one minute. Scrape the side of the bowl and beat on medium for 2 minutes. Pour batter into the prepared pans.
Bake at 325 for the time indicated on the cake mix box. Check the cake. Continue baking at 5 minutes increments until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean. I needed an additional 10 minutes of baking time.
Yield: 6 ½ cup of batter or two full 9-inch pans.