Have you ever heard of cake croutons? Perhaps you have even had them, or made them yourself. Well, the other day I noticed that I had a box of patriotic confetti cake mix. I knew I should make something with it this weekend or else it would be sitting on the shelf for a long time.
Well, I "happened" to flip through a Paula Deen magazine from last Christmas and noticed I had a page earmarked. I checked it out and on that page was an ad for cake croutons that I had found interesting, and had never heard of before. The light bulb went on and I decided that I should make my own cake croutons using the confetti cake mix:)
It was straight forward and simple...
1. Bake the cake (9x13) and let it cool completely.
2. Slice it in half down the center.
3. Slice each half in half, horizontally.
4. Use a serrated knife and slice long strips in one direction and then the other, to end up with cubes.
5. Place all the cubes on baking sheets in a single layer.
6. Bake at 200 degrees for about 4 hours (I alternated the pans on top/bottom rack every hour), or until nice and crunchy.
7. Let cool.
You end up with golden, sweet, crunchy goodness! The possibilities for cake croutons are endless! You can make them any cake flavor that you prefer (from scratch or from a box)...chocolate, red velvet, vanilla, banana, peanut butter. I'm sure you get the picture:) And what can you do with them? Use them to add a bit of sweet crunchiness to pudding, yogurt or hot chocolate. Throw a handful on a salad or dip them into a chocolate fondue. Add a bit of pizazz to a shake by topping it with cake croutons.
I topped some ice cream with them and the crunchy contrast of the croutons to the creamy, melty ice cream was soooo good! Don't they look festive? Perfect for any occasion!
I actually think my favorite way to eat them may be to snack on them plain, right out of my hand! But be careful, they're pretty addictive!
Have a wonderful 4th of July!