Every week I watch How To Cook That with Ann Reardon on The YouTube. A few weeks ago she made ten things using a cake mix. I was intrigued by the Cafe style biscuits. Could I make them and would they meet MrsDrWho's approval?? I decided to bake them. As it has been hot, I also appreciated that they only needed 10-12 minutes in the oven. Ann's recipe doesn't say how long to bake the biscuits, so I searched other similar recipes. I did bake mine for the full 12 minutes, and they are deceptively soft and harden up on cooling.
My cake mix didn't have extra choc chips, so I added some. I was able to find a cake mix with frosting, which the recipe calls for. I should have listened to Ann, because I could have applied more Smarties/M'n'Ms. I only put 4 biscuits on a tray because I wasn't sure how far they would spread. Four was enough.
I measured the mixture using a 20ml Australian tablespoon and there were about 24, so I made each biscuit 2 tablespoons. I had a smidgen of mixture left over but not enough for another biscuit. It may have been that I added the choc chips.
MrsDrWho approved. I don't usually use a cake mix, but they have improved and don't have a cake mix "taste" really. They were very easy to make and cooked very quickly. I think they could be frozen baked, or unbaked.
Cake Mix Chocolate Smartie Biscuits makes 12 large biscuits
- 1 chocolate cake mix with frosting
- 125g (1/2 cup) butter
- 1 egg
- extra choc chips if you want
- Smarties or M'n'Ms to decorate
Preheat the oven to 180*C, I chose 170*C fan-forced. Line 3 trays with baking paper, or 2, and then use one tray again!
Melt the butter in the microwave, let it cool, and then whisk in the egg.
Pour in the cake mix, frosting and extra choc chips if you are using them.
Mix together with a spoon until the cake mix and frosting is thoroughly incorporated.
Measure out the biscuits: 2 x 20ml tablespoons. Roll the biscuits into a ball, place on the tray leaving a lot of room for expansion. Flatten slightly with the heel of your hand and then apply more lollies than you think you will need.
Bake for 10-12 minutes. Cool on the tray and then move to a rack. Keep in an airtight container. These really are like the huge cafe biscuits that are always in giant jars on the counter. You only need one. Or two!!!