A Fancy Twist on Yellow Cake Mixes

Do you like fancy dessert cakes? Are you looking for a few simple recipes that you can make at home that taste just as good as a store bought cake? If so, I think you will enjoy these easy recipes.

Before we get to the recipes, I would like to share a few important baking tips with you.

Baking Tips:

1. Invest in a cake tester. You can pick up one for less than $ 6.00 at most kitchen stores.

2. Do not over bake! I remove mine from the oven 3-4 minutes before the recommended time. They will continue baking in the pan.

3. Do not grease and flour your baking pans unless the recipe calls for it.

4. Always let them cool before frosting.

Banana

2 small bananas
1 box of yellow cake mix
1 box of instant banana cream pudding mix
4 eggs
1 c. water
1/4 c. oil
1/2 c. chopped nuts, optional

Slice bananas into a large mixing bowl. Beat until they are well mashed, then add in the remaining ingredients. Mix with a mixer at medium speed until all ingredients are blended together. Pour into a well greased and floured 10 "tube pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 60-70 minutes, let cool in the pan for 20 minutes before removing. Sprinkle with confectioners sugar when cake is completely cooled.

Lemon

1 box yellow cake mix
1 box instant lemon pudding mix
4 eggs
1/4 c. salad oil
1 c. water
1/4 c. confectioner's sugar

Combine and blend all of the above ingredients (except for the confectioner's sugar). Beat at medium speed for 2 minutes. Pour into greased and floured baking pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes or until done. Cool for 15 minutes in the pan and then turn it out onto a wire rack. Sprinkle with confectioner's sugar. Let cool and enjoy.

Strawberry Jello

1 box yellow cake mix
1 box strawberry flavored gelatin mix
1 pkg. dream whip

Follow directions on box and bake cake in a rectangular baking pan. Make gelatin according to directions on the package. Once it is done baking, poke holes all over it using a large pronged fork, then pour gelatin all over cake focusing on the holes. Put dream whip on top as icing. Refrigerate for 2 hours before serving.

Lemon-Lime Jello

1 box yellow cake mix
1 box lemon flavored gelatin mix
1 box lime flavored gelatin mix
1/3 c. reconstituted lemon juice
1 c. confectioner's sugar

Add gelatin granules to the dry cake mix. Proceed to mix cake, following the directions on the box. Pour batter into a 9 x 13 inch floured and greased baking pan. Bake according to package directions. Mix lemon juice and confectioner's sugar together. When it's done baking, prick the surface with a fork. Pour lemon and sugar glaze over the top of the cake. Let cool before serving.