Spring Funfetti Banana Bread Cake

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My Spring Funfetti Banana Bread Cake is the perfect addition for any Easter brunch table! Actually, this banana bread cake makes a great addition to any Spring Brunch!

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Okay you guys, when I put together this recipe I had Easter and Spring on the brain! I think you can tell by the colors. :)

So,  I was thinking of something that would be fun, delicious and a little different for Easter Brunch, or any Spring Brunch where you have people of all ages gathering. Kind of a tall order, huh?

I think we have a winner here! This banana bread cake is so moist and so tasty, and it is really kind of fun eating a wedge of it with a fork instead of the usual slice. Not that I ever complain about a good banana bread!

Today I share with you my Spring Funfetti Banana Bread Cake…enjoy!

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It’s so nice to see some Srping colors again! Of course many of you see signs of Spring long before I do here in Minnesota, please enjoy it for me!

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Funfetti Gooey Butter Cookies

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My Funfetti Gooey Butter Cookies are incredibly soft made with butter, cream cheese and Funfetti Cake Mix! You will definitely want to make these cookies over and over again!

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I have a little secret to share with you guys, until fairly recently I didn’t really understand this whole gooey thing. Not that I’m against anything called gooey, I just didn’t understand the gooey concept.

So I thought I would learn a little more about gooey cookies, cakes and bars. Not that I’m an expert, but I have read up on this wonderful tradition I understand it much better now!

You can definitely use 1/3 less fat cream cheese in your gooey butter cookies! They will turn out great! As a matter of fact the texture of these cookies is SO soft and SO wonderful…you will want to make these again!

I used 1/3 less fat cream cheese and the cookies were perfect! You know how you grab a cookie because you’re going to eat just one, well that didn’t happen…just sayin. :)

Today I am sharing with you my Funfetti Gooey Butter Cookies, hope you enjoy them!

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Can you see how soft and tender the middle of the cookie is? Love that!

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Funfetti Red Velvet Brownie Sheet Cake

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My Funfetti Red Velvet Brownie Sheet Cakes makes a delicious Valentine’s Day dessert or anytime dessert in no time at all!

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Combos of all kinds seem to be all the rage right now! The combinations being done in the food world are just so much fun! So I decided to put my own spin on some flavors that people usually love! The whole make it your own deal, you know?

With Valentine’s Day approaching soon I just had to make a few fun and slightly different combos of my own!

Did you catch my Red Velvet (Valentine’s) Brookies last week? I had so much fun with last week’s combo dessert I wanted to make another one with a really good frosting!

So, today I have made for you a Funfetti Red Velvet Brownie Sheet Cake with a blush buttercream frosting! Also, in the buttercream frosting I have a hint of cherry and almond to make the buttercream even more incredible!

I guarantee you this buttercream frosting is guaranteed to please! Or you can always use canned frosting if you prefer.

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A couple on details first. Make sure you use a 15 x 10 x 1-inch pan that is 1-inch high to prevent overflow during baking. Spray pan generously with cooking spray.

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First put together the Valentine’s Funfetti cake batter and pour it into the prepared pan. Then put together the Red Velvet brownie batter according to the instructions below. Pour that over the Funfettii batter. Swirl batters together with the tip of a knife, pulling some cake batter to the top surface.

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While that is baking, make your buttercream frosting and set it aside. Take the cake out of the oven, let it cool completely. You can either follow my instructions below or change it however you want to.

2015-01-30-4295Now all you need to do is frost the cake and add a few more sprinkles. :)

Put the cake in the fridge until you serve it. Cut the cake, serve and ENJOY!

Funfetti Red Velvet Brownie Sheet Cake

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1 Valentine’s Funfetti Cake Mix, of any variety of Funfetti

3/4 cup water or milk

1/3 cup vegetable oil

3 large eggs

1 Red Velvet Cake Mix

1/4 cup chocolate milk or water

1/3 cup oil

2 large eggs

3 cups powdered sugar

1 cup butter (preferably unsalted)

3/4 teaspoon almond extract

1/2 – 1 teaspoon cherry extract (start with 1/2 teaspoon, adding 1/4 teaspoon more at a time)

1/4 teaspoon clear vanilla extract

2-4 tablespoons milk

Valentine’s sprinkles, if desired

Directions:

1. Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Generously spray a 15 x 10 x 1-inch baking pan with cooking spray. The sides of the pan must be 1-inch high to prevent overflow when baking!

2. Beat the Funfetti cake mix, 3/4 cup water or milk, 1/3 cup oil and 3 eggs in large bowl using a stand mixer, or with a hand held electric mixer on medium speed for 1 1/2 minutes. Spread evenly in prepared pan. Stir by hand, red velvet cake mix, 1/4 cup water, 1/3 cup oil and 2 large eggs in a medium bowl only until blended. Swirl batters with tip the tip of a knife, pulling some cake batter to top surface.

3. Bake 30 to 35 minutes or until toothpick inserted comes out clean. Cool completely on wire rack.

4. Using a stand mixer, or a hand held mixer beat the powdered sugar, flavored extracts, and milk together. Beat for about 3 minutes, or until desired consistency is achieved. Frost cake, decorate with sprinkles and refrigerate until serving.

Makes 16-24 servings

 *If you want a brighter frosting simply add red food coloring 1 drop at a time beating after each addition.

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Funfetti Cake Batter Dip

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Try my easy Funfetti Cake Batter Dip to share with your family and friends. People of all ages LOVE this dip!

Funfetti Cake Batter Dip 2015-01-19 4244 This Funfeeti Cake Batter Dip is a wonderful  dip when you’re going to be serving people of all ages. There are a million different versions of this dip out there, each one varying just a little bit.

Now that we’ve tried this dip a few different ways I’m sharing my favorite Funfetti Cake Batter Dip with you today.

It always so nice to have a simple recipe that’s good enough to serve for a special occasions yet simple enough to be made and enjoyed as a snack, or for dessert any day of the week!

2014-01-19 4261 Just a friendly reminder, you are using just the dry Funfetti cake mix, not the usual ingredients to make a cake. :)

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Valentine’s Funfetti Cupcakes: Done Two Ways

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Today I did something a little different. I used the same cupcake two different ways, both of which are simple & delicious!

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Being that Valentine’s day is almost here I thought I would make my guys another of their favorites – Mini Cupcakes.

I apologize in advance to those of you that like an exact recipe to follow. I know some people don’t like just going with the flow, and I’m sorry.

Today’s recipe is very loosey goosey. Let’s just call it a guide, more than a recipe. How’s that? If you don’t already cook or bake like that, you will. Most kids have no problem telling you what they like and what they don’t.

As you can see in picture one, on half of the Mini Cupcakes I used a glaze with cute Valentine’s sprinkles of course. On the other half I used pink vanilla frosting with different Valentine’s Day sprinkles.

We were equally divided on here on which one we liked best. So I guess it’s like they say – everyone likes something different. You know how it is, everyone really does seem to like something different. :)

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So here are most of your basic ingredients. Of course I don’t have the oil photographed or the soda I used in the glazed cupcakes.

If you already bake with yogurt at times, you know how wonderful it can be in the right recipes. The best part is you get a hint of the flavor, but it’s very subtle. Plus it’s a great way to add a little more nutrition, yes even to cupcakes.

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As you can see the yogurt barely changes the color of the cupcake batter.

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One of the pans fresh out of the oven. They smell wonderful!

Valentine’s Funfetti Cupcakes      

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Ingredients

1 Pillsbury Funfetti Cake Mix

water, egg & oil as called for on back of cake box

1 (6 oz.) container yogurt, I used Yoplait Strawberry Banana

Powdered Sugar

Vanilla extract

Water, or soda, I used Sierra Mist Cranberry Splash

1 container pink vanilla frosting, or your favorite vanilla frosting recipe colored pink with a few drops of red food coloring, you could even add a little extract here (strawberry, or whatever) to give the frosting a special flavor

Valentine’s Sprinkles, if desired

Megamommy Note: By adding strawberry banana yogurt to the batter you will get a hint of strawberry banana flavor and a slightly pink color. 

Most kids like the flavors of both strawberry and banana. But, when you make these cupcakes again later on, experiment with different combinations to see which your family likes best.

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray mini muffins cups with nonstick cooking spray; set aside.  Prepare cake mix following package directions. Fold one (6 oz.) container of yogurt into cake batter.

2. Bake for time recommended on back of cake mix. For mini cupcakes this is usually 15-20 minutes or until toothpick inserted into center comes out clean. Cool in pans apx. 10 minutes. Remove to wire racks; cool completely.

3. Frost mini cupcakes with vanilla frosting (or any flavor) you choose. Decorate with sprinkles. Or follow steps listed, to glaze some, or all of the mini cupcakes.

For Pink Glaze:

1/4 cup milk, or any flavor soda you want

2 cups powdered sugar

1 tsp. vanilla (omit if using flavored soda)

In a mixing bowl combine ingredients with a whisk. Stir until glaze is smooth. You could heat this slightly on the stove, but there’s really no need to heat the mixture. When adding the liquid to the powdered sugar, keep in mind you want the glaze thin, but not too thin.

Simply dunk each cupcake in the glaze with a fork, or by hand. Place mini cupcakes on a rack to dry. Decorate with sprinkles. Allow to dry for approximately 15 minutes, or until no longer wet.

Makes 48-60 Mini Cupcakes

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