Image source: Betty Crocker
Image source: Betty Crocker

Savvy B. Cake. Savvy B…These are a few of my favourite things!! And this is a recipe I’ve been meaning to try for a while to see if it really is fabulous – or not. It involves Betty Crocker packet cake mix. Not usually something I use in the kitchen. But if it means I can quickly get a fix of wine and cake in the same mouthful then I say WHY NOT!?!?

Did you know that Betty Crocker was not a real lady? She was the brain child of a marketing company who realised that they would sell more cake mix if women could relate to their product. So they created Betty Crocker, the perfect 1950’s house wife, with her perfectly clean house, perfectly groomed children, perfect husband with a perfect job coming home to his perfect family.

It wasn’t until World War 2 that many women considered work outside the home as an option. But the war brought a need for labour that it couldn’t fill with men as they were all away fighting. Suddenly woman were capable of other things aside from raising children, cooking and cleaning and baking cakes!

And you know what? Women liked the independence that having a job brought, so when the war ended many did not meekly go back to the kitchen – they stayed in the workforce and began breaking down barriers to allow the fabulous ladies today the opportunities we so often we take for granted. There are still barriers but slowly we continue to move forward and remove them…can you hear me roaring yet?!

WTF does any of this have to do with your recipe Michelle??

When our sisters of the 50’s started working and finding independence there remained an expectation that all of those other things would also continue to happen. The house would be cleaned, the children washed, the cocktails made and – of course – cakes would be baked.

Betty Crocker brought convenience to the kitchen of the very busy lives of the modern woman. Women could still produce freshly baked cakes but in a third of the time. Just by adding eggs and water to the mix.

Flash forward to 2015…and now just add eggs and wine!! And a couple of other things too, but you get my drift…

Turns out, this is very fast to whip up, and is seriously delicious. Now, I’m off to make cocktails!

Sauvignon Blanc Cupcakes

Original recipe from Betty Crocker



1 box Betty Crocker™ SuperMoist™ White or Yellow cake mix
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup Sauvignon Blanc wine
1/2 cup vegetable oil
3 eggs
2 teaspoons grated lemon peel


6 cups icing sugar
1/3 cup butter, softened
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup Sauvignon Blanc wine
1 teaspoon grated lemon peel


Yellow decorator sugar crystals
Edible yellow pearls


1. Heat oven to 175 C. Place paper baking cup in each of 24 regular-size muffin cups. Make cake batter as directed on box, using cake mix, water, 1/2 cup wine, oil, eggs and 2 teaspoons lemon peel. Divide batter evenly among muffin cups (about two-thirds full).

2. Bake for about 20 minutes or until a toothpick or skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean. Cool in the pan for 10 minutes; remove from pan to a cooling rack. Cool completely, about 30 minutes.

3. In a large bowl, beat icing sugar, butter and salt with electric mixer on low speed until blended. Beat in 1/3 cup wine and 1 teaspoon lemon peel. If it is too thick, beat in more wine a few drops at a time. Ice the cupcakes. Sprinkle with yellow sugar and pearls.