Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Cake Mix Fudge

Four things happened at the same time this week:
  1. Steve needed to bring a potluck item to a Cub Scout committee meeting.
  2. I finished watching another batch of lessons from the outstanding Food Photography class I'm taking (affiliate link) and was anxious to do another photo shoot.
  3. Trevor had a friend over for a 6-hour playdate.
  4. I saw a recipe for a version of cake mix fudge for the zillionth time.

Combine those four things and this is what you get:


There are tons of different recipes out there for cake mix fudge and I've always wondered if it is actually any good. This seemed like the perfect time to try it out. I chose this chocolate cake batter fudge recipe from Vanessa Baked and let the kids loose. 


They did a really good job of working together. I like how kid-friendly this recipe is. The only heat source is the microwave, so I didn't have to worry about them using the stovetop like when making traditional fudge. 


The instructions call for putting the fudge into a foil-wrapped dish and refrigerating until it is firm. Not surprisingly, the kids weren't crazy about having to wait. And then I made matters worse by taking the finished fudge into the dining room (the best light in the house) and photographing it instead of immediately serving them!


Since they were clearly going to explode if they didn't get fudge stat, I cut some pieces and let them at it. 


Then I returned to the dining room for more photos. Some of my favorite lessons from Andrew Scrivani's class have been about propping and styling. I don't think I've ever taken an action shot of myself cutting, so that was fun to try. 


Then I put down the knife to see what that would look like. Again, it's not a photo I would ever have thought to take, but I'm happy with it. I like that it shows the brand of knife I use and the fact that I'm left handed. I like the mess of sprinkles around the cutting board. 


I tried some close-ups next. 


And then I backed out slightly to get this shot and the leading image. 


As before, these photos are not processed except for some cropping and, obviously, adding the watermark. While they have plenty of technical flaws, I think the composition is interesting and together they make a more complete story than my food photography used to do.

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5 comments:

  1. That looks soo good! I'm going to have to check out the recipe.

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  2. So how did it taste?!?! Lol

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    1. I can't believe I didn't mention how it was! Good grief. Taste was 9/10 - deep and chocolatey. Texture was 5/10 - not the creamy, luscious texture of fudge. But not bad. Definitely worth eating. :)

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  3. Looks yummy! I'm not a fan of fudge, but since this is made w/ cake batter, this may be an exception!

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