I have something very serious I want to talk about with you today. Well...actually not YOU, my blog reader, but with those evil Cake Mix Manufactures.
Look at this pictures...those bars look all kinds of yummy don't they? Well...you can not taste them, but trust me when I tell you they ARE YUMMY! Can you make out what is in that photo? First thing you should notice is the bars, or at least I hope you do. Look in the background, what do you see? An almost empty jar of Nutella, right? Yes...I love me some Nutella, any way, any how...it is perfect in every way. Nutella, I love you, do not change a thing, you are dismissed for now.
What do you notice in the top right corner of the photo? Let me help you out, it is a Confetti Cake mix. More specifically, it is a store brand Confetti cake mix. Here in lies the problem. I love baking with cake mixes. The are quick, simple, cheap and pretty much no-fail. Except when they fail! Let me explain a little.
For some reason, evil cake mix manufactures thought it would be perfectly OK, if they reduced the number of ounces in their cake mixes, and no one would notice. Really? We would not notice? Do you really think we are that stupid? Going from 18.9ish ounces to 15.25ish ounces IS A BIG DEAL! When you need 24 cupcakes and your mix only makes 18 cupcakes...IT IS A BIG DEAL! You are now forcing me to make another mix, ending up with 36 cupcakes instead of the needed 24 cupcakes, then I am forced to eat them all....and then my jeans cry. IT IS A BIG DEAL. When you find a wonderful recipe on Pinterest and it is like 5+ years old, and it starts out with a cake mix....IT IS A BIG DEAL!
I am not gonna get all blogger crazy on you, cake mix manufacture people, but I will be careful of when I use you from now on. For some reason, store brand cake mixes are still in the 18.9ish range, so I will be uses them. Be mad at me, fine, I don't care, but a bloggers gotta do what a blogger gotta do.
Last week, I found a great Funfetti Nutella bar, I could not wait to make it. It looks yummy, it was a simple bar, made from a cake mix. The directions said to make the batter, spread half in a pan, top with Nutella, then top with the remaining batter. Well, guess what, cake mix manufacture people? Let me help you out.
THERE WAS NOT ENOUGH BATTER TO COVER THE NUTELLA! Yeah, that is right, with cake mixes, SIZE DOES MATTER! Thankfully, it tasted WONDERFUL, but looked like, well..a FAIL!
Don't worry your little head though, because my dear friend Nutella, had your back. Did you know that Nutella is MAGIC? I knew it was yummy, and I loved it, but last weekend, while trying out this wonder recipe, I found on Pinterest, I discovered another reason to love Nutella. When you bake it, it turns into this wonderful fudge frosting! WHAT? Yep, you heard me right....that bar is covered with straight up Nutella!
I am in love!
So...I failed last week, well actually, the cake mix failed, because I am perfect in every way, kinda like Mary Poppins, LOL. I tried it again this week, and I am happy to report, these are WONDERFUL! You need to make them, they are soft, and chewy, and the "frosting"....OMG...I love it!
You need to make these, like now, but do it when you are alone, or when the kiddos are asleep, because you will not want to share these, or at least I did not want to, so if you want some, make your own, because these babies are all mine. I love you all more then my luggage, but not more then my Nutella Frosted Funfetti Bars. Sorry...I gotta keep it real here.
Nutella Frosted Funfetti Bars
by The Cookie Puzzle
- 1 Funfetti/Confetti Cake mix (18.9 ounce size)
- 1/3 cup butter, melted
- 1/3 cup milk
- 1 cup Nutella
- sprinkles (optional)
Pre-Heat oven to 350, lightly spray a 9x13 baking dish, set aside. In a medium mixing bowl, combine cake mix, butter and milk until well combined. Press batter/dough firmly and evenly in the bottom of the baking dish. Carefully spread the Nutella evenly over batter, leaving 1/4-1/2 boarder around edge, without Nutella. Sprinkle with sprinkles if desired. Bake for 28 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to completely cool before cutting into 24 bars. Store in air tight container.