Birthdays, Big or Small

It is a new year and, although two months have gone by, there are many days of Birthdays left to celebrate this year. A Birthday is something special and should be celebrated, however, they don’t need to be big, fancy parties every year. Do something small, but still exciting. Decorations, dinner, cake, presents, a few balloons, and for kids the little party hats. Something fun, but something simple.

Instead of forking out all sorts of money to buy a fancy cake from a Dairy Queen or a bakery, why not try to make one yourself. Cakes are actually very simple to make when following a recipe carefully. Here is a simple recipe to try that could help you save money to celebrate a certain someone’s special day.

The Ultimate Chocolate Cake: (


  • 1 package devil’s food cake mix (regular size)
  • 1 package (1.4 ounces) sugar-free instant chocolate pudding mix
  • 1 cup (8 ounces) fat-free sour cream
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup egg substitute
  • 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons confectioners’ sugar

1. In a bowl, combine the first seven ingredients; mix well. Stir in chocolate chips. Coat a 10-in. fluted tube pan with cooking spray and dust with flour; add batter.
2. Bake at 350° for 45-50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pan to a wire rack to cool completely. Dust with confectioners’ sugar. 12 servings.

Happy Baking!






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