Every year, when we were kids, mom baked us a birthday cake. She used, of course, a Betty Crocker or Duncan Hines mix. Best birthday cake in the world. But I am stubborn, so I always find more complex ways to make things. A friend of ours is having a birthday today, and I’ve never used a cake mix. So WTF, I’ll try it.

Never looks like the picture on the box, but easy to do. It’s hidden in the microwave. And because I had to level it (used to make ice cream cakes at a Baskin Robbins) I know for a fact that the cake tastes pretty damn good.