Monday, February 1, 2010

Weekend discoveries.

I heard Hungry Girl on Rachel Ray saying you could healthy-up a chocolate cake mix by substituting a can of pure pumpkin for the egg and oil. Suspect, but willing to do anything to maintain a relationship with a good chocolate cake, I tried it this weekend. I used a Betty Crocker SuperMoist Devil's Food cake, the amount of water specified on the box, and a can of 100% pure pumpkin puree.

While I wouldn't say you don't notice a thing... it's good! The batter is thicker and stiffer, and the resulting cake isn't as springy, but more dense and moist. The flavor is spot on; there really isn't any tell that there is PUMPKIN in it. (When I tasted the batter, you really COULD taste it, so I was bracing for a failure. But, you can't taste it in the finished product. Really.) With a buttercream vanilla icing on top, it's a fantastic slice of chocolate cake heaven. (If anyone knows of a way to make a healthier icing, I'd like to hear it. But it better be good.)

The 1/2 cup of oil and 3 large eggs that the recipe calls for contains over 1200 calories, mostly fat, a lot of cholestrol, etc. The can of pumpkin contained 120 calories, and good things like fiber, vitamins, minerals, etc. A friend tried it in a spice cake, and the results were likewise good.

So... eat cake!

And... Ikea helps organize my studio! For years I've had punches and other tools stored in a deep bin, which of course means you can never figure out just what shit you have to work with. No more! I saw a similar solution online somewhere, and last time I was at IKEA I bought a slew of BYGEL components (rails, baskets, etc.) and tada! 


  1. I've made it with applesauce, but never pumpkin, so I will have to give that a try as well. Made killer cookies last night: cake mix, 1/2 c applesauce -- add raisins or choc chips if desired -- bake 9 minutes and they will be very moist. Love the reduction of fat!

  2. What size can of pumpkin? I'm assuming the smaller size?

  3. Hmmm. "Normal" size? haha! Seriously, it was probably about a 16 ounce can. Same as the other pie fillings that were there.