I threw this together last Saturday to have ready for family dinner on Sunday afternoon. I was told by my 20-year-old brother, who happens to read our blog, that it was ‘domestic four worthy’ so here we go.
It all started with wanting to try something from Pinterest. Yeah, I actually try some of those things I pin. Sometimes.
Anyway, have you seen the Greek Yogurt cake mix idea? You take a regular box cake and mix it with one cup of Greek Yogurt and one cup of water and bake. Interesting right? Well as luck would have it, I had purchased a 32oz tub of Caramel Greek Yogurt thinking it would be wonderful. And it was, but VERY sweet and after trying it a couple times decided it wasn’t for me. Problem was, now I had a rather large tub of pricey yogurt and no way to use it. Thankfully Hilary had noticed the Greek yogurt cake mix thing, so I picked up a box of Devil’s Food Chocolate Cake and decided the caramel would go perfectly with the chocolate cake.
I baked it in two 9″ pans and was pretty happy with the results of the experiment. The cakes cooked down pretty small and they didn’t rise as much as a normal cake.
It also creates a cake that is very dense, more of a brownie consistency incase you were going to try this one out yourself. Like I said, overall I was pleased with the results.
The next question was, how do I top this? I considered just a caramel and chocolate drizzle (was thinking Rolo) but decided I needed something for between the layers. After a quick text to the sisters 😉 I decided on both. I made a very simple cream cheese frosting for between the layers and the top (no sides) but flavored it with some caramel. Then I took caramel and melted chocolate and drizzled them across the top of the cake and down the sides a bit.
Then, because of the cream cheese, I put it in the fridge overnight. That necessary action may have been the kicker to the success of this cake. It allowed the frosting to mix a bit with the cake and created a trifle-type consistency. Hilary also mentioned it reminded her of a cake pop texture if you’ve had one of those.
Either way, it was GOOD and I’ve already decided to give it another try… with peanut butter. Because really, who doesn’t like chocolate and peanut butter. They’re pretty much meant for each other.
Happy Hump Day!
1 box of cake mix
1 c Greek Yogurt
1 c water
~ bake as instructed on box
Caramel Cream Cheese Frosting:
I started with our Whipped Cream Cheese Frosting (halved) but instead of the vanilla I added caramel until I was happy with the taste. I ended up using a lot, you may be happy with less.
~ I layered the cakes with the frosting and then topped with drizzles of caramel and melted chocolate.
~ If you have time, overnight in the fridge puts this one over the edge!