I love this whole take one thing and make it into something else trend: cronuts, crouton cones, ramen burgers, ice cream bread. It’s both playful and more importantly, tasty. So I thought I’d try my hand at a transformation of my own with one of my favorite desserts: cake. And here’s what I wound up with: Red Velvet Cake Quesadillas. It’s like a quesadilla with a "tortilla" made with cake mix and the filling replaced with frosting. Drool. I started with a traditional tortilla recipe, but mainly followed the directions more so than the ingredients.
Red Velvet Cake Quesadillas
- One box Duncan Hines Decadent Red Velvet Cupcake Mix
- 1/3c milk, lukewarm
- 1t oil
- 4t water
- 4T butter, softened
- Empty cake mix into large bowl. (Keep the frosting mix for later).
- Whisk together oil and milk. And slowly incorporate milk into cake mix until you get a slightly sticky dough (you may not need all of the milk).
- Turn dough out onto a surface dusted with flour and knead vigorously for about 2 minutes, adding flour until the dough is no longer sticky.
- Return dough to bowl, cover with a damp cloth, and allow to rest for 10 -20 minutes.
- Divide dough into 8 balls of equal size, cover them, and let them rest again for about 20 minutes.
- Meanwhile make the frosting: Mix softened butter with electric mixer on high for 1 minute until light and fluffy. Add frosting mix to butter while mixing on low speed. Then add water while mixing. Mix on high for 2 minutes, scraping the sides of the bowl as necessary.
- Dust a clean pastry board or working surface with flour.
- Using a flour dusted rolling pin, roll out each of the 8 pieces of dough from the center out until the tortilla measures a little less than 1/4 inch thick.
- Transfer the tortillas to a dry preheated griddle (350 degrees). When a tortilla begins to puff slightly, allow it to cook for 30 seconds, flip it, and cook briefly on the other side.
- Let the tortillas cool slightly then spread frosting on four of the tortillas and sandwich them together using the other four. Slice as you would a quesadilla and enjoy.
While my execution left much to be desired, these turned out surprisingly well. It’s a really fun and different way to eat cake. If you’ve got the time (and the tortilla rolling skills), you should definitely give it a go.