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Cake Recipes for the Frugal Baker

When I start thinking of cake recipes I see chocolate, spice, chocolate, carrot, double chocolate, cream cheese, strawberry, cherry, chocolate. Mouth watering yet? Mine is! But if you’re planning on stopping by your favorite bakery for one of those $15 quarter sheet cakes to satisfy your raving craving, better check your budget. What if you can't decide between double chocolate strawberry or carrot cake supreme? Pay $30 for both? Of course not!

You can whip up those same cake recipes for just $5! And for just $3 you can make them gourmet! Confused? Gourmet doesn't mean 'formal' decorating. It means delicious with a touch of pretty!

Now let me see, I just saved you $24. You owe me big time. So, for starters, you can use my recipes to save yourself more money and then use the rest of this site to save even more money! And once you have enough saved up to put a down payment on a house, pay off your car or some credit card debt, then we’ll call it even.

If you have a family of four and your grocery bill is about $500.00 per month or more, you can save about $300.00 per month. That’s $3600.00 in just 12 months! I don’t know about you, but I feel pretty good about having my cake and eating it too!
So c'mon, let's have some cake!

Low-fat Mocha Cake

1 Chocolate cake mix
1/2 cup applesauce
3 eggs
1/2 cup strong coffee
1 Drizzle Icing recipe (below)

Preheat oven to 350° and grease and flour Bundt type pan. In large mixing bowl on medium speed, mix together cake mix, applesauce, eggs and coffee until moistened. Beat on high for 2 minutes. Pour into bundt pan and bake 30-35 minutes or until toothpick inserted into center comes out clean. Cool completely before icing.

Drizzle Icing

2 Cups powdered sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp water (drops at a time as needed for consistency of honey)

Whisk all ingredients together until smooth. Drizzle over cake.

This icing recipe can be used for more than just cakes. Try it on sugar cookies, cinnamon rolls, scones and funnel cakes! I placed the cake in a pie tin and drizzled on the icing. After about 30 minutes the icing was dry to the touch so I wrapped the cake in plastic wrap and took it to a potluck. I'm pretty sure it was a big hit because I didn't get a piece! I guess it's true, friends don't let friends eat extra calories.

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