When Stefanie of Red Velvet Stefanie sent me her French toast cupcake mix Teno could not wait to make it. Every day he harassed me to make them – but the mix makes 24 and I’m pretty sure we never need two dozen cupcakes in our house. We compromised when I remembered a recipe I used to make when I was a kid – cake mix cookies.

Now, if you’re using store-bought cake mix you can take that recipe and tweak it to your heart’s content. German chocolate was always my favorite, but I’ve had success with banana cake mix, coconut and walnuts and lots of other combinations.

Since this is a gourmet cake mix, made with actual flour and sugar instead of whatever the balls cake mix is made of, we tweaked my family’s favorite recipe a bit.

We used:

  • French toast cake mix
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup butter, melted and cooled
  • 1 cup quick oats
  • 1 cup white chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup milk

Basically, you mix everything together and bake it for about 12 minutes. Not too tough, but Teno and I made a video to show you how. After you watch, keep reading to find out how you can bake along with Stefanie when she competes on Food Network’s Cupcake Wars July 27th.

That was a family production, by the way. Tony was our camera man. And yes, Teno says bad words and I’m trying to make him stop so just don’t encourage him please.

So – ready to bake along with Stefanie? Awesome, because she’s going to send one of you her Cupcake Wars Surprise Pack! The pack includes mixes for the four recipes Stef used in competition – did she take home the $10,000? You’ll have to tune in to find out! Leave me a comment about the first thing you ever baked all by yourself and I’ll choose one random winner to bake along with Stef with their very own Cupcake Wars Pack. (I’ll pick a winner one week from today. Open to US addresses only, please!)

Thanks everyone! Congrats to our winner Samantha!