Not many people know this about me, but I love to bake. Back when this blog was a baby I would make one baked good a week as a selfish way to satisfy my sweet tooth and share with friends and coworkers. After a while I started to question my baking hobby. Mostly because I'm a person who loves leftovers and hates waste and I constantly felt the need to eat every last crumb of whatever I had made, even if I didn't want to. As great as that first slice of cake or square of brownie was I didn't necessarily want to keep indulging day after day. My sweet tooth needed a vacation and now my baking passion comes out for birthdays or when I'm delegated to bring dessert to a party. That's all fine and good but my cravings haven't gone away. There are days when all I think about is being able to enjoy a warm baked good from my own kitchen and I have to trample my temptations in lieu of going to the store for ingredients, getting all my baking equipment dirty, and making a huge cake I can't finish just because I wanted one serving in the moment.
Duncan Hines® Perfect Size for 1® has answered my sweet tooth dreams while solving my woes of baking for myself and having leftovers with their cakes and muffins. The cakes and muffins come in a variety of flavors - from chocolate brownies to cinnamon coffee cake and strawberry shortcake - and just one serving per pouch allows you to mix up a personal-sized warm treat that can be ready in about a minute. How perfect is that? So perfect that I had to get my friends and family in on the goodness with a "pick your cake, pick your toppings" themed cake dessert bar.
Each Perfect Size for 1 flavor is delicious on their own but when I was choosing between the options at my local Kroger I started thinking, “How good would it be to add some fresh berries, ice cream, or whipped cream to make the perfect little cake next-level delicious?” Minutes later I was adding toppings to my cart and making dinner plans with friends where I would be taking care of the dessert. The only thing better than a personalized sized cake is getting to dress it up with your favorite toppings!
Because it’s summer I picked Perfect Size for 1 flavors that are perfect for the season: Strawberry Shortcake (the obvious), Lemon Cake (so fresh), and Confetti Cake (a nostalgic classic I couldn’t pass up). For toppings I went with: fresh strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries, home made whipped cream, vanilla bean ice cream, mini chocolate chips, and rainbow sprinkles. Baking a Perfect Size for 1 is as easy as grabbing a mug, emptying a pouch of mix, and stirring in 3 tablespoons of water. Then a minute and ten seconds in the microwave and it’s ready to be topped and enjoyed!
To say that my friends loved getting to pick a Perfect Size for 1 and dress it up to their own specifications is an understatement. People got creative – some started mixing the fruit into the batter before microwaving or substituting the water for milk – but everyone had similar reactions of, “This is the perfect portion,” and “The warm, fresh-baked cake I always want but never get.” Below are examples of flavor and topping pairings that happened:
- Perfect Size for 1 Strawberry Shortcake with fresh whipped cream, strawberries and chocolate chips (the traditional strawberry shortcake with a little crunch of chocolate!)
- Perfect Size for 1 Lemon Cake with fresh whipped cream, raspberries, and blueberries
- Perfect Size for 1 Confetti Cake with vanilla bean ice-cream, whipped cream, berries and sprinkles (the confetti cake of our childhood is as delicious as you remember!)
Cake is by far my favorite baked good and I love that now I can indulge in a personalized-size serving whenever I want and not wait for a special occasion to bake a whole cake! So easy and so satisfying. And of course, I’m going to be trying out some of the Perfect Size for 1 muffin varieties…blueberry muffin, banana bread and cinnamon coffee cake all sound too perfect for a warm breakfast treat.
Next time you’re in Kroger I highly suggest getting a box (or two, or three) of Duncan Hines Perfect Size for 1 from the baking aisle and indulging in the warm, delicious goodness. You can thank me later.