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Cake Batter Up and Down the East Coast

Say hi to two of my best buds

We go way back. Back to a time before big sunglasses were cool.

Back to a time before we were even cool.

Ok, we’re still not cool.

Even though we like to think we are.

You see, unfortunately for me, my two best buds live in NY and DC.  So when they both have birthdays around the same time and I don’t get to celebrate with either of them, I do the next best thing.  Bake for them and send lovely care packages!  I almost nixed the idea of baking, but then I remembered I mailed Cabato a birthday card last week with the promise of a sweet treat coming in the near future.  So, rather than recovering from the Phillies Challenge with vegetables and water, I recovered with Funfetti.  Yes, more Funfetti! I had to use up the rest of the cake mix from the Rice Krispie treats. Lies. I finished that box up last Friday at lunch when I made myself a crapload of cake batter pancakes.

What treats did I decide to make these fine ladies?  Why Cake Batter Muddy Buddies (or Puppy Chow) and Cake Batter Pudding Cookies, of course! Let’s start with the muddy buddies. Sidenote: I made these on a rainy, dreary day with no sunlight, sooo my pictures are crap. Just a heads up!

Cake Batter Muddy Buddies

Ingredients

  • 5 cups Rice Chex cereal
  • 10 oz white candy melts (or vanilla Almond Bark or white chocolate)
  • 3/4 cup Funfetti cake mix
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • sprinkles

Directions

Measure out 5 cups of Chex, put in a medium mixing bowl.  In a larger bowl or Tupperware container, mix together the cake mix and powdered sugar.  Set both bowls aside.  We have to move fast with this one, so it’s best to have all of your ingredients ready.

Pour the candy melts into a microwave safe bowl and heat for 30 second intervals at 50% power, being sure to stir the candies every 30 seconds to avoid burning and botching the whole recipe.  Alternatively, you can use a double boiler on your stove.

Once your vanilla candy melts are melted, pour into the bowl of Chex and mix until the cereal is covered in vanilla goodness.  Then add however many sprinkles make you happy and stir some more.

Slowly pour the Chex mixture into the cake mix/powdered sugar mixture

Put the lid on your Tupperware and give it a good shake.  You can also just use a big bowl and mix everything with a spatula or place in a giant ziploc bag and shake it up.  However you decide to do it, it should look like this when you are done.

Taste test half the batch a few pieces to make sure it’s acceptable to mail to your friends.  Realize how delicious it is, contemplate keeping it for yourself, remind yourself you ate 9 hot dogs the night before, come to your senses, and place in two baggies to mail to Lynns and Cabato.

Now, onto the cookies!!

Cake Batter Pudding Cookies

makes about 30 cookies (or more, depending on amount of  dough consumption)

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup Funfetti cake mix
  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 (3.4 oz) package of instant vanilla pudding
  • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 cup sprinkles

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Gather all of your ingredients together for a cool group shot.

Cream together butter, brown sugar, and granulated sugar.  Once that is good and creamy, add in your packet of pudding and Funfetti,  Blend in vanilla and eggs.

In a small bowl, mix together flour, salt and baking soda.  Slowly pour into your batter and mix until just incorporated.  Pour in your sprinkles (don’t be shy) and mix a little more.

Roll dough into balls (or use a dough scooper doohickey <—technical term), place on baking sheet, and bake for 10-12 minutes.  I found 11 minutes to be the magic number.  Let cool for a minute and then transfer to a cooling rack.  Take some horrible pictures.

There were an uneven amount of cookies, so I ate three to even them out…because one is never enough.  Put your cookies in little baggies and, along with the muddy buddies, place into the lovely care packages for your two lovely ladies.  And since you really really miss your friends because they are the best around, take some time reminiscing by going through old pictures and finding ones of the three of you.

Cue photo montage of why we are the best of friends:

We accept each other’s inappropriateness

We don’t discriminate due to height

And we’re great at standing in descending height order 

We’re really good at being awkward

Maybe a little too good at it 

We used to be great at underage drinking

But then we grew up…and became really good at legally drinking

We have great taste in baseball teams

We’re all unable to pull off being thugs 

We’re always on the same page when it comes to coordinating colors and outfits

But mainly we’re awesome because we love, support, and teach each other so much everyday, and I am eternally grateful to have known these two fine biotches for the past 13 years.  Here’s hoping 27 is your year, ladies!

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