Fun Cake Squares
February is a special month. As all of us know, it’s the month of love (Valentine’s Day), and for those of us in Louisiana, it’s Mardi Gras! My family has lots of activities going on this month, including parades. We attend the parades that are family oriented, and my grandchildren get enough beads and “stuff” to share with many others.
These two February events include food. I love to prepare traditional dishes and theme foods. Making special memories with our families adds that special touch, so make sure you include your children. Allow them to help plan, decorate, and prepare the food.
My family tells me I find a way to celebrate anything, but isn’t that what makes life special (celebrating the big events and the daily ones as well)? Doing things together as a family makes everything special and fun.
I have a versatile cake square recipe that can be prepared for any celebration. What makes it easy is that it starts off with a boxed cake mix. I have prepared this recipe two ways to show the versatility. I’ve prepared a red velvet square which can be used for any time you want to express your love and a King Cake Square for Mardi Gras. So include your family in the celebration preparations and allow your creativity to shine. Don’t forget to always celebrate the family table!
FUN CAKE SQUARES
FOR THE CAKE:
1 box cake mix
1 stick butter, softened
In a large mixing bowl, beat the cake mix, butter, and egg with an electric mixer on low speed. Press the cake mixture into a prepared 13 x 9-inch pan; set aside.
FOR THE CREAM CHEESE LAYER:
Two 8-ounce blocks of cream cheese, softened
½ cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
In a mixing bowl, beat the cream cheese and sugar on medium speed until creamy. Add the eggs and vanilla; beat to combine. Spread over the cake mixture. Bake at 350 degrees for 40 minutes.
For whenever you want to let someone know they’re loved (or for your next Valentine’s Day treat): Use a red velvet cake mix and decorate with heart-shaped sprinkles.
For the King Cake: Use a classic yellow cake mix. You can add one teaspoon of cinnamon to the cake mixture part of the recipe. Decorate with purple, yellow and green sugar sprinkles.
By: Debbie Greenhill
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