We had an old friend come to dinner this weekend and I had been running around with my kids all week during their spring break. (Dear old friend, if you’re reading this, I’m not saying you’re old, I’m just saying we’ve known you a long time. Ha! Especially since we are all the same age.) During this school-free week, I had a special day with each of my children. I try to fit in special time for each but in a regular school week, it’s tough. Friday was one of my twins’ turn to have a special day with mommy and we spent the morning at the Marin Art and Garden Center picking up rose petals and smelling the roses and just having good mommy and little one time in general. (Those petals went into a really fun project. Stay tuned for that…)
Afterward, we went to lunch and then I need to pull it together for dinner with our friend. I had planned what I was going to buy for dinner, etc. but “gasp” I forgot about desert! Seriously, how did I do that? That is usually the first thing I plan. Now, I didn’t have a lot of time that afternoon, so I needed something quick and easy. I saw a jar of salted caramel sauce, several different brands, in fact, and decided that had to be involved in the dessert. Yum… Hmmm… I had been hearing about those soda cakes where you buy a box of cake mix and add one can of soda. Have you heard of that? Google it or look it up on Pinterest. It’s all over the place. I’m not a big soda drinker. I gave up diet coke twice for lent about 16 and 17 years ago and that did the trick. I never drink it. Although root beer is my weakness and I drink it occasionally as a treat. So I saw a bottle of cream soda, picked up a box of French Vanilla cake mix and that was that. Now the meat, a few veggies and, oooohhh, Padrone peppers. I’m buying those too. Done with the shopping part.
These are the ingredients:
French Vanilla Cake Mix
Creme Soda (I used Boylan’s) They happen to spell their cream soda, “Creme Soda.”
Sea Salt Caramel Sauce (I used Stonewall Kitchen)
I was in a specialty store and was able to choose between several brands. I know this brand so I chose them.
I had been wanting to see what all the hype of this soda cake was. I was really hoping it would work since I was trying it out on company. Maybe not a good policy but luckily it worked out.
I mixed the cream soda and the cake mix and put it in the oven. Super easy! That’s what I needed that day.
Just before serving, I heated the caramel sauce in the glass jar in the microwave for 20 seconds and then drizzled a 1/3 of the jar over the cake. Then sliced it and spooned what had accumulated in the middle over our pieces of cake.
Here is the consensus. We loved it! It was very, very moist. The texture was good. My husband said that he would rather that the cake just be a circle, an 8 or 9 inch round. I think I would prefer that too. When you buy a box mix, one of the configurations they offer for baking times is 2 nine inch rounds. I’m not sure how the batter would have done with 2 pans. I don’t think the cake rose all that much. But, before I tried it (before I knew that) I thought maybe putting it all in one round pan may have been too thick and taken a long time to bake which would have made it brown more than necessary on top. Now I don’t think so. I didn’t have time to make a filling so I stuck with the bundt at that point. It was delicious and we all had some for breakfast the next morning, kids included. Dad was the hero that let them have cake for breakfast. Gotta live a little.
In a pinch, it is a great dessert. And yes, you could definitely serve it to guests.
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