Never Downplay a Good Shortcut

19 Nov
From pumpkin bars

Cake mixes, full of crap that is clearly not good for you, are a brilliant shortcut for every I-need-something-to-bring-to-tonight’s-event-and-it-is-already-5pm moment. Fear no more. Keep a few cake mixes on hand and you will be saved time and again.

On the top shelf of my bookcase (above the real Bibles) are reads like The Cake Mix Bible, 101 Things to do With a Cake Mix, and 101 More Things to do With a Cake Mix (can’t have too much of a good thing, right?). According to these books, you can do anything with a cake mix. Banana bread, muffins, cookies, pancakes, biscuits, bars, brownies, cornbread, and much, much more can all be made with a cake mix. 

These pumpkin bars are made with a cake mix. Try them, and then go buy one of those books above (I recommend this one first, it’s the best and Amazon has it used for $1.90 right now).


From pumpkin bars

Pumpkin Pie Bars

makes about 15 bars.



1 (18 ounce) package yellow cake mix (reserve 1 cup)

1/2 cup margarine or butter, melted

1 egg


2 cups pumpkin

2/3 cup milk

2 eggs

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

1/2  teaspoon nutmeg

1/2 cup brown sugar


1 cup yellow cake mix (reserved from crust)

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1/4 cup sugar

1/4 cup margarine


Grease a 9×13 pan and preheat oven to 350.


Mix all but one cup of the cake mix with the melted margarine/butter and egg. Press firmly in pan and prick with a fork. Bake 8 minutes until just lightly brown.


Mix pumpkin, milk, cinnamon, nutmeg, 2 eggs, and brown sugar. Pour over crust.

With a fork, mix the one cup of reserved cake mix, cinnamon, sugar, and margarine together untill crumbly. Sprinkle over filling.


Bake at 350°F for 40-45 minutes. Let cook before cutting into bars.

Like pumpkin pie, these are really good cold with whipped cream!


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