Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Stuff I've made from Pinterest

Guess what?  I've actually made something in real life (IRL) from stuff I've pinned on Pinterest.  It's a miracle.  Well with all the fun ideas I get from that site it's amazing that even a few get turned into real life Robin.  Yet again if you are into: food, cooking, desserts, crafts, weddings, events, holidays, kids, babies, fashion, art, photography, retro, decorating or DIY you'll love Pinterest.  

This goes along with the Fall Pinterest Challenge that fellow bloggers Sherry & Katie are hosting.  Other bloggers!!!  Hey! Leave a link in the comments section so I can check out your Pinterest accomplishments! 

First up this two ingredient cake.  Like I've mentioned here if you've been on Pinterest even for 5 minutes you've seen this pinned.   Basically it's basic box cake mix with just canned pumpkin.  That's it.  No eggs, oil water or whatnot.  Technically that could make it vegan if the ingredients of the cake mix or homemade cake mix (hey that exists!) were vegan.  Here is the pin:

Here is my version: 

As you can see I went with a 'Butter Pecan' Betty Crocker cake mix and some organic canned pumpkin.  I got the cake mix from my local salvage grocery store for $1.43.  Yeah the box is dented so that's why it's so cheap.  But nothing but classy semi organic-ness with the Trader Joe's organic pumpkin. 

I literally just dumped the cake mix and can of pumpkin in my mixer.  Done.  Well... honestly I added a bit of sugar.  I tasted the batter and I thought it could be better.  About 1/4 cup probably.  No offense to the original pinner or poster but it needed something.  Probably due to the fact that I chose butter pecan as my flavor!  Who even sells that in regular stores?  

I baked it in a bundt pan since I was throwing Fall Fest 2011 and it needed a pretty presentation.  It came out kinda on the small side.  I also got a small can of cream cheese frosting at Fresh to Frozen for $1 and microwaved it so I could drizzle it on the cake.  I used very little.  

The texture was great!  Still is.  Very moist and cake like.  The taste?  Well... I enjoyed it (still am) but it's not for everyone.  Dear husband spit out his one and only bite.  Pretty sure it was the butter pecan and pumpkin combo that made it an unusual cake.  Next time I'll go with basic yellow, white or maybe spice cake mix.  

I've made a few more things from Pinterest that will be making a semi organic appearance very soon.  


  1. That cake is making me hungry! Putting cream cheese frosting on it is a terrific idea. I'm definitely going to have to give this one a shot, with yellow cake mix of course :)

    And thanks so much for stopping by my site!

  2. My sister made this as well, but as cookies (you just spoon the batter onto a cookie sheet). I would have to say I don't think it is so much your combination of flavors, since she made it with yellow cake. I thought it tasted very "floury" but the texture is great and fluffy.

  3. That looks MEGA yummy! Thanks for visiting my site today!

  4. I have seen that posted on pinterest too but it's so hard to find tinned pumpkin over here in Australia. I will definitely try to make it though!

    I have posted about a yummy salad recipe that I had pinned so if you have 5 Minutes to spare please pop by! I would be honoured if you could also link up your post to my weekly Pinterest Linky Party as this post is just fabulous! I have also created a Pinning Bloggers Master List at my blog that you might be interested in joining.

    Best wishes and happy pinning!
    Natasha @ 5 Minutes Just for Me

  5. I've done this with brownie mix & pumpkin and it makes a very dense brownie...healthy(ish) but I agree it changes the taste & texture!!

  6. I just tried this last week with a spice cake mix. I didn't care for it, but I couldn't put my finger on why. Maybe it did need sugar???

  7. I make this with spice cake mix and we love it; seems like the spices work just right with pumpkin. It comes out very sweet and very, very moist. I make muffins out of it (bake at 350 for 25 minutes). Perhaps you'd like that better than as a cake.

  8. Thanks for the comment on my Nighstand Makeover!

    I have made "pumpkin muffins" with spice cake mix, a can of pumpkin and a few shakes of cinnamon and nutmeg. I then grease 2 cupcake pans, fill with equal amounts of batter and bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes. They come out as bite size pumpkin deliciousness.

  9. I make muffins with basically the same recipe all the time. I use a Spice cake mix, add the can of pumpkin and scoop into muffin cups. They are my kids favorite fall snack, and I've been asked to make them for classroom parties for over six years now. I think the Spice cake mix makes them delicious!


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