Happiness from a Box

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The first time I ever held a spatula and a mixing bowl was in high school. My mother had a recipe for Chocolate Crinkle that she wanted me to try.  The recipe was already premixed in box she bought from the supermarket. I forgot the brand but my first try at baking was a success.

My mom is the baker in the house.  Her goodies has helped support my brother and I finish our degrees in Architecture and Dentistry, respectively. I couldn’t count how many bags of flour, crates of eggs, and kilos of sugar she has painstakingly mixed together just to help augment the family income.

In turn, I would be in charge of greasing and dusting her pans with flour. As soon as the pastries cooled, I would slice the brownies, coat the cheese mammon and wrap all of them in plastic sheet. Coming home from school, I will be welcomed by trays of my mom’s goodies waiting to be wrapped.  I could wrap and stack all her products, roughly 100 to 120 pieces, in less than an hour and be ready for delivery the next day.

I have been getting flour on my hands again in the past months. I have been trying some of my mother’s recipes and some I’ve searched online.  But I have fancied some local premixed pastry packs from the grocery stores too. If I had the prompting to bake something, I would rush to the supermarket and grab my favorite local brand from the shelves.

Doing my weekly grocery shopping, I chanced upon Maya’s Whole Wheat Carrot Cake mixture in a box. I wondered, could a 50-peso premixed carrot cake be any good? I took the bite.

To make  Maya’s Whole Wheat Carrot Cake you will need:

  • 1 pack of Maya Whole Wheat Carrot Cake Mix 400 grams
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 3/4 cup grated carrots approximately 175 grams

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Grease an 8-inch square pan. Mix all the ingredients together and pour in the greased pan. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean when inserted. A cream cheese frosting recipe was also included in the box.

simple ingredients

simple ingredients

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premixed carrot cake

premixed carrot cake

after 30 minutes

after 30 minutes

see the carrots? soft and light cake

see the carrots? soft and light cake

The verdict:

We loved it! The recipe yielded a decent, soft and airy carrot cake! An easy-peasy recipe that didn’t fail to put a smile our faces. Not enough time to make the frosting though as it was consumed instantly 🙂