Every story has a beginning, and this one starts with me pouring over recipes I found on Pinterest, naturally. Following my birthday last month, I came across this particular dessert recipe, and I knew I needed to try it out. My birthday had already come and gone, so I needed an excuse to make a birthday treat... and who better to try this out on but Midge Baird? She had been such a WILLING and POSITIVE participant in my baking forays earlier this month, plus her birthday fell on October 17th, so I thought what better person to make this for?
So here is where the story gets interesting. Several weeks ago, Stephen had mentioned that his sisters were planning on having a SURPRISE birthday dinner for their mother this last weekend. I knew this dinner would be a great time to spring the blondies on Mothers Baird, so I showed up on Saturday night with a bag full of birthday presents on one arm, and a pan of these cake batter blondies on the other. Little did I know the surprise would be on me that night...
Long story short, I ended up getting engaged to my most wonderful boyfriend... errr... fiance on this night, and... I DIDN'T EVEN GET TO TASTE THESE BARS. They were eaten up before I could even finish dancing around and screaming about my ring... so they must've been good! I'll have to try these again for myself sometime, but the Bairds insist they were delicious. Here's the recipe that APPARENTLY will get you engaged:
#39: Cake Batter Blondies (as found on cookiesandcups.com... another FABULOUS Blog... she's pretty funny)
- 1 box vanilla cake mix (I used Funfetti)
- 1/4 cup vegetable oil
- 1 egg
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1/2 cup white chocolate chip
- 1/2 cup mini marshmallows
- For the marshmallow buttercream icing:
- 1/2 cup butter, room temperature
- 1/2 cup Marshmallow Fluff
- 2 cups powdered sugar
- 1 tablespoon milk
1. Preheat oven to 350°
2. Prepare a 9×9 pan with baking spray.
3. In a large bowl combine cake mix, vegetable oil, egg and milk. Mix on medium low speed until the ingredients are just combined. Batter will be dense.
- And very hard to resist eating at this stage. Be forewarned.
4. Stir in your chips and marshmallows until distributed evenly.
5. Spread in your prepared pan
6. Bake for 25 minutes until center is just set.
- Again, I had to keep this pan in the oven just a little longer, but I think I might have gotten a little over zealous. I kept it in for an additional 20 minutes, or about 45 all together. I should've taken it out after about 40 minutes, the top was a little to browned for my taste.
Marshmallow Buttercream Frosting directions:
1. Mix butter and Fluff until smooth on medium speed until smooth.
2. Slowly add in powdered sugar with mixer on low.
- Or it'll end up all over the counter and apron... not that I have ANY personal experience with this...
3. Add in milk and turn speed up to medium and mix until all combined and smooth.
4. Color frosting if desired.
- I tried teal, it turned out 'dishwater green,' apparently no one noticed.
5. Spread over cooled blondies.
There you have it. Super simple, and luckily still crowd-pleasing...
The blog's photographer captured them much better than I did...
And here's my ring... in case you haven't seen it. Engagement? MISSION ACCOMPLISHED.