Next Level Baking

How might you upscale boxed cake mix and pre-made frosting, you ask?

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Begin with homemade Sweet & Spicy Pecans.

You will need:

1/4 c brown sugar

3/4 t salt

3/4 t chili powder

1/4 t cinnamon

1 egg white

1 c pecans

*If you like more savory than sweet, increase the salt & spices & decrease the sugar.  Make this your own!

Preheat oven to 300 degrees, spray a baking sheet or cover with parchment paper.

In a small bowl, mix sugar and spices.

In medium bowl, beet egg white with fork until fluffy.

Add pecans to egg white; mix until coated.

Slowly sprinkle sugar & spice mixture into pecans; coating evenly.

Pour onto baking sheet (or parchment) and separate.

Bake 30-35 minutes.  Cool 5 minutes.

Next, you mix boxed cake mix with 1 can pure pumpkin.  Nothing else; just the pumpkin!  Disregard all other ingredients on the packaging!!  Bake as directed.

When cake is cooled, cover with frosting.

Top with your Sweet & Spicy Pecans!

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And just like that, you have upscaled the nutritional profile of the cake mix with your pumpkin and have the textures, flavors and Wow! factor with your Sweet & Spicy Pecans!

Let me also add, the scent of the baking pecans is oh-so-Fall!

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