Wednesday, January 26, 2022

Apple Are You Kidding Cake


I love simple good tasting recipes that I can make with easily attainable shelf stable and inexpensive ingredients. Are you kidding cakes are recipes dating probably from the 80's and what people now call dump cakes. Usually made with a bought cake mix and a can of pie filling and 3 eggs. That's it!

I grow lots of different fruits which means I always have pie fillings canned. So this is a simple cake for me. If I don't have the kind of fruit filling I want I can take frozen fruit and add sugar and corn starch and quickly make a filling on the stovetop. 

I buy cake mixes when they are on sale. They must be under $1.00. Many times I buy them when they are $.50 or less. Then I take them out of the boxes to prevent pantry bugs and repackage in vacuum seal bags. I simply make a cut in the mix bag for the excess air to escape, cut out the directions and place in bag and seal. I label type, date I bought and expiration date. The reason I keep expiration date is that if it is beyond expiration I add a teaspoon of baking powder to the mix. These I keep in a large 5 gallon bucket with a gamma lid to keep out any bugs again or mice. 

For this one I simply used a plain yellow cake mix and an apple pie filling. I added the pie filling to the cake mix and 3 duck eggs slightly beaten and stir well to moisten. I added a touch of apple pie spice out of the cabinet and a teaspoon of vanilla. My favorite mix to add to apple pie filling is butter pecan cake mix when I can find it. 

You can add walnuts or pecans if you like. I also sometimes chunk up some cream cheese and shove the chunks down in the prepared batter before I put it in the oven.

I add that to a greased 9 X 13 pan and put in a 350 degree preheated oven for about 35 minutes in my oven. 

Then to 3 cups of powdered sugar I added evaporated milk a tablespoon at a time until it was the consistency to spread as a light icing. Added a couple drops of vanilla also. Spread this on the cooled cake. 

And there ya go. An easy inexpensive moist dessert great for  a snack for the grandkids or a sliver to go with a cup of afternoon hot tea. And the sky is the limit. My favorite is chocolate cake with cherry pie filling and add white chocolate chips. I add chocolate icing with a whole cherries on top of each piece. Or add a chocolate kiss on each piece.  I make these lots when my husband has to have desserts for his American Legion supper meetings. Another good one is blueberry pie filling and lemon cake. Add  lemon icing and slivered almonds. 

Watch for those cake mix sales and stock up on a few. 

Blessings from The Holler

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  1. Hello, CQ!

    I sure love these recipes! It really helps for me to not only know what to grow but also how to use it to make real meals that aren’t too complicated. I use nearly every bit of knowledge you share here! Well, except that I have a bird/feather phobia (like crying jag hysterical kind of phobia) so any chicken/duck posts are just good reading for me. lol

    It’s been so cold here in MO lately. 7 degrees this morning so hoping it’s a little warmer at your house.

    Stay warm and well!

    Thank you for continuing to share with us here!

  2. I love dump cake -- my friend used to make it with yellow cake and cherry pie filling. We planted fruit trees last year but it will be a while before we have any fruit!

    1. Cherry pie filling, chocolate cake mix and chocolate chips. Chocolate Icing on top. Yum

  3. I'm so happy that your posts started showing up in my inbox again. Thank you for taking the time to create them and share slices of your life... and virtual slices of your cake. I love the practical tips, too, on storage. Pantry moths are the pits.

    Best wishes,

  4. Thanks for posting the recipe, made it yesterday and the grands and greatgrands loved it. Used my canned apples and it worked great.


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