Baking up memories
Cakes and more for Mother’s Day
baked from scratch and the busy people who relied
THE CAKE MIX DOCTOR is in—and just in
time for Mother’s Day. Anne Byrn, whose The
Cake Mix Doctor cookbook sold 1. 6 million copies,
is back with The Cake Mix Doctor Returns (
available at Costco.com), a guide on turning mixes into
masterpieces. Here, Byrn shares some thoughts on
baking, as well as three favorite recipes from her
Q: Given the recent economic times, do you
really think that people are getting back to simpler
things, like baking at home?
A: No doubt about it. Not only is it less expensive to bake and cook at home, but the act of preparing food in your kitchen helps more than just
your bank account. It creates community, tradition
and family memories, all silver linings of a poor
Plus, when times are hard and families cut back
on discretionary activities to save money, they have
more time to spend in the kitchen preparing healthy,
Q: How has baking changed in the 10 years since
the first Cake Mix Doctor?
A: When my first Cake Mix Doctor was published, some asked why I would want to begin a cake
with a mix. There were two camps: the purists who
on a mix. Today those lines are blurred and there is
less discussion—purists are busier nowadays.
And interestingly, beginning a cake with a mix
can be less expensive, especially when you buy the
mixes on sale and stock up on baking supplies at
Costco like I do. In addition, cakes have gotten
smaller—cupcakes—and a bit healthier, baked in
Bundt pans with no frosting or using unsweetened
applesauce and other fruit purées for some of the oil.
Q: We’ll put you on the spot: Give us your top
three Mother’s Day desserts.
A: Let me just say this from experience (I have
three children): Moms appreciate anything you
bake. They would rather have a leaning, wonderfully sloppy home-baked cake any day than one
from the bakery.
So, I’ll recommend three cakes I’d love someone (hint, hint) to bake for me on Mother’s Day:
Whoopie Pies, A Lighter Stacy’s Chocolate Chip
Cake and Nancy’s Cinnamon Swirl Coffee Cake
(recipes included here). C
The Costco Connection
Costco sells a variety of mixes for baked goods,
along with other fine ingredients, from eggs to
vanilla, for all of your baking projects.
1 package ( 18. 25 ounces) plain
chocolate cake mix
8 tablespoons ( 1 stick) butter, melted
1 large egg
2 cups confectioners’ sugar,
1/4 cup vegetable shortening
1 large pasteurized egg white
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla
Place a rack in the center of the oven and preheat the oven to 350 F. Set aside 2 ungreased
Place the cake mix, butter and egg in a large mixing
bowl and beat with an electric mixer on low speed
until the ingredients come together in a stiff mass,
1 to 2 minutes. Form the dough into 1-inch balls
with your hands or scoop the dough into balls. Place
the balls of dough on baking sheets 2 inches apart.
Bake the cakes until they are still a little soft, 10
to 12 minutes. Remove from the oven and let the
cakes cool for 5 minutes. Transfer the cakes to wire
racks to cool completely, 30 minutes longer.
Place the confectioners’ sugar,
shortening, egg white and vanilla
in a medium- size mixing bowl
and beat with an electric mixer
on low speed until just combined, 1 minute. Spoon about
1 teaspoon onto the flat side of
one cake. Top the filling with a
second cake to make a sandwich. Repeat with the remaining
cakes and serve. Makes about
18 whoopie pies.
Notes: The filling in this recipe is uncooked and
uses a raw egg, so make sure it is pasteurized.
Or, sandwich soft ice cream between the cakes
and store them in the freezer. Coffee, mint chocolate chip and vanilla are all delicious.
38 ;e Costco Connection MAY 2010