I seriously made pumpkin gingerbread with a box of Trader Joe’s Deep, Dark, Gingerbread Cake Mix and 1 can of organic pumpkin. The cake mix has real ingredients that I can pronounce, no hydrogenated oils and no high fructose corn syrup. The pumpkin tastes great and adds moisture, without fat.
Easy Shmeasy Recipe:
Mix 1 boxed gingerbread cake mix and one 14 ounce can of puréed pumpkin together until combine. Bake in a greased and floured 8×8 inch pain at 350 F for 35 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean.
These two ingredients made 18 small servings with 88 calories per serving. They are fat free if you skip the icing. Enjoy these perfect little bites bursting with ginger and molasses flavor. Gingerbread tastes like Christmas to me.
I dressed these up with a drizzle of melted real white chocolate and cut them into small bars. A sprinkle of powdered sugar or a decadent spoonful of whipped cream would be a welcome addition.
I’m taking these easy, fast, low fat and delicious treats to my friends at Fiesta Friday. I don’t even feel bad about using a mix and a can. It’s Christmas time and I’m busy creating a Holiday Challenge so I have no time to quibble about a boxed mix. I need to think up 12 more challenges, people. Any ideas?
Besides my virtual friends know that I can’t bake and I get my sugar fix every week at Fiesta Friday because these bloggers can bake!
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Beautiful , who knew?
Right? Easy and tasty.
Well, there’s nothing wrong with using instant mixes. 😉 I, too, uses an instant cake mix if I am in a hurry and want to eat one. 😀 These look beautiful.
Thanks Jhuls. I don’t keep baking supplies in the house usually so a mix is perfect. There are some scary cake and frosting mixes on the shelves so always read the ingredient list. Stay clear of hydrogenated oils ie transfats and high fructose corn syrup. I hope the HFCS lobby doesn’t shut down my blog for mentioning the fructose. 😦
Trader Joe’s has the best products – I love to shop there. Pumpkin puree is a great substitute for high fat ingredients and I bet your cake was good. Who cares if it’s a mix – you are giving us all ideas on what to make when we need a quick and delicious dessert. Happy FF #46 🙂
Thank you for hosting Judy. Yes, I buy way too many specialty foods at TJs usually as treats because I prefer to avoid processed foods. This was as close to natural as I found get with a boxed cake mix.
Love the cake. very nice for the holidays!
Your angel food cupcakes were perfect for the holidays too.
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