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A Valentine’s Day Quickie

Three Ingredient Cupcakes

You can blame that title on  my sister. Sometime last summer, we were discussing the content found on this blog. She suggested posting more recipes that would be easy to pull together when the week and its many obligations are in full swing.

As nice as a dish may look or as delicious as a recipe may sound, who hasn’t shut the door on something after a glance at the ingredients list (Forty-four ingredients for soup?!) or time requirements (What do you mean this needs to sit overnight?!).

I joked I could title a series of quick-to-prepare recipes Evening Quickies. This led my sister to don her best Issac Hayes voice and say, “Well, you’re blog is called looooove.”

Three Ingredient Cupcakes

If you find yourself wanting to do something nice for someone today but have not yet decided what that something is, well then, you are probably out of luck. Unless you are up for baking cupcakes from a box of cake mix, a box of pudding mix and milk. I don’t know though. All that mixing and baking seems like a lot of effort.

And then you have to make a frosting which requires a whopping four ingredients. Another box of pudding mix and the milk has to come back out along with heavy cream and powdered sugar. Plus, whipping it up requires two mixing bowls. Just thinking about the effort involved makes me tired.

Three Ingredient Cupcakes

Next to cupcakes, one of my favorite things to make for people are mixed tapes. I am not so sure how excited people are to receive my mixes, but that is another point altogether. I especially like making mixed tapes that follow a certain theme, though I have made only two.

I gave my Dad an Ohio mix that contained songs with Ohio in the title (somewhat surprisingly, there are quite a few). I also made my niece a Jolene mix that contained songs with Jolene in the title (also quite a few).

Three Ingredient Cupcakes

Because I like you guys as much as I like those two characters, I have made you a love music mix*. In my defense, quite a few cookbooks nowadays include musical pairings along with their recipes. So if you burn your cupcakes, turn to plan B and burn a CD instead. Happy Valentine’s Day!

  1. Gonna Make You Love Me – Ryan Adams
  2. No One’s Gonna Love You – Band of Horses
  3. Crazy in Love – Beyonce
  4. Too Afraid to Love You – The Black Keys
  5. Skinny Love – Bon Iver
  6. Lovesong – The Cure
  7. Heartlines – Florence + The Machine
  8. Baby, I Love Your Way – Peter Frampton
  9. Shake Your Love – Debbie Gibson**
  10. I’m So In Love With You – Al Green
  11. Cupid’s Chokehold – Gym Class Heroes
  12. Valentine’s Day – Linkin Park
  13. Is This Love – Bob Marley & The Wailers
  14. I Love You – Sarah McLachlan

* I am not in the know about good music. In fact, I have been criticized for my musical tastes. The only criteria for this mix were the words “love, heart, cupid or valentine” in the title. Listen at your own risk.

**Sorry, my inner third grader could not resist.

Valentine's Day Cupcakes

Three Ingredient Cupcakes with Whipped Pudding Frosting
Serves: 12
  • For the Cupcakes
  • 1 box (3.4 oz) instant pudding mix (I used coconut cream)
  • 1½ cups cold milk
  • 1 box yellow cake mix
  • For the Frosting
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • ¼ cup powdered sugar
  • 1 cup cold milk
  • 1 box (3.4 oz) instant pudding mix (I used coconut cream)
  • sprinkles for decorating
  1. Whisk together the instant pudding and the cold milk.
  2. Sprinkle in the cake mix and use a spoon to mix until well combined.
  3. Fill each well of a paper-lined cupcake tin about ¾ of the way full with batter.
  4. Bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes. A toothpick inserted into the centers of the cupcakes should come out clean when done.
  5. While the cupcakes cool, prepare the frosting.
  6. Whip the heavy cream with the powdered sugar until soft peaks form.
  7. Whisk together the package of instant pudding and the cold milk.
  8. Fold the pudding into the whipped cream and pipe or dollop onto cupcakes. Garnish with sprinkles, because sprinkles make everything better.
The delicate nature of the frosting makes it best to eat these cupcakes within 24 hours.

Cake Mix Cookies

Cake Mix Cookies

Yesterday, I returned to my “normal” life after enjoying a relaxing, rejuvenating vacation. I got to spend time with my family, visit with some friends, swim, and read at my leisure. Despite a sinus infection or toothache (culprit remains under investigation) that resulted in a trip to an out-of-network doctor’s office and a pair of broken flip flops that resulted in a mile walk through the city while barefoot, I had a wonderful time.

I also accidentally dropped one flip flop from my remaining (and favorite) pair. It was given away by fellow beach combers to teenagers hiking along the beach before I realized it was missing. That resulted in a slightly broken heart and the need to shop in Mom’s closet.

Oh, and did you hear about that storm called a Derecho? It tore off roofs, took down massive trees, and knocked out everyone’s power. Yet still, I had a wonderful time. It’s amazing what a change of scenery and being around people you’ve loved for as long as you can remember can do to your spirit!

Cake Mix Cookies

I enjoyed reading the comments about where everyone would like to or plans to visit. Thanks to all who entered June’s  round of 2012′s 12 Months of Giveaways, and congratulations to the winner who left comment number 10, Corrie! Not so lucky this time? I plan to cheer you up with a super-delicious cookie recipe made from cake mix. And don’t forget to check back on July 12 for this month’s giveaway.

Now about those cake mix cookies. Just like the shoes from her closet, I pirated these cookies from my mom. She baked them and placed them on a platter. I saw them sitting on the counter unattended and thought, “that’s content I can use while I get back up to speed!” So I snapped some pictures as I sampled more than my fair share. Shameless.

In need of more recipes that make use of cake mix? Then check out my Things to Make With Yellow Cake Mix post or Pinterest board. Enjoy!

Cake Mix Cookies

Cake Mix Cookies
Recipe type: Dessert
  • 1 Box Cake Mix
  • 2 Eggs
  • ½ Cup Vegetable Oil
  • optional, chocolate or other chips
  1. Combine the ingredients in a large bowl and stir vigorously until well mixed.
  2. Place spoonfuls of dough onto a cookie sheet.
  3. Bake at 350 degrees F for 8-10 minutes.
Suggested combinations include yellow cake mix with chocolate chips (seen here) or chocolate cake mix with peanut butter chips.

Things to Make With Yellow Cake Mix

Hazelnut Chocolate Chip Cake

Yesterday, I posted a Hazelnut Chocolate Chip Cake I made with a yellow cake mix. I typically try to avoid baking with not-from-scratch ingredients, but yellow cake mix is a vice. There are just so many delicious recipes that call for yellow cake mix!

On that note, I would like to share a few of my favorite yellow-cake-mix-creations I have read about on various blogs. Some I have made, others I have not – but I can assure you I am looking forward to eventually trying them all.

Cake Batter Truffles From Fearless Homemaker

Photo use courtesy of Amy at

Like sprinkles?

Try cake batter truffles, Rice Krispie treats, or cake batter popcorn.


Cake Chews From Life With The Lushers

Photo use courtesy of Kathleen at

Cookies more your thing? Indulge in some cake chews, or try Rolo cookie bars.

Want something more substantial? Then you might like cornbread  or pancakes.


Cake Batter Cookie Dough from Willow Bird Baking

Photo use courtesy of Julie at

And can you ever go wrong with cake batter cookie dough that’s not only delicious, but also safe to eat (no raw eggs)? Didn’t think so.

If you don’t want to use a store bought yellow cake mix, you can make your own cake mix at home with all-purpose flour or white wheat flour. Homemade cake mix presented in a jar makes a gift as thoughtful as it is sweet.

Hazelnut Chocolate Chip Cake

You can see all of these delicious creations on my Ideas for Yellow Cake Mix board on Pinterest. And if you come across any more fun recipes using cake mix, please leave me a comment to let me know. Enjoy!