Saving the Holidays with Uplifting Deals

Whether your holiday plans include a part of one or a house so stuffed with people that the kids are all relegated to sleeping bags, Uplifting Deals helps you save while enjoying the best of the season!

For cold evenings, we love warm appetizers, easily made popped into the oven or on the stovetop. These Asian dumplings take care of both the carnivores and vegetarians in your life, and more choices abound in our store freezers. Stop by and shop in our frozen foods section.

Find our Asian BBQ Dip recipe here!

Chips and other snacks fill those bellies while dinner preparations get underway.

One trick is to have something stowed away for the kiddos who need something more substantial after playing with the cousins in that chilly air. Pop a frozen pizza in a corner of the oven (or the toaster oven—even better!) to warm them up and fill them up before they run back outside.

And, if you’ve planned to serve a favorite of the holiday feast – the green bean casserole – get on over here!

All the main ingredients for an amazing green been casserole can be found in our aisles: cream of mushroom soup, green beans, french fried onions.

Everyone loves the dessert table! You’ll find candy for your candy dishes and cookies for the cookie platters. 

But the centerpiece of the dessert table is always a cake on a stand. And don’t tell your gourmet Aunt Susie, but a cake mix turns out perfect cakes!

Doesn’t feel fancy enough for you? Here’s our easy twist for a cake filled with tropical flavors, a refreshing ending to the heavy meals that pepper this holiday season.

(We amended this recipe from the Peach Cake in Anne Byrn’s The Cake Mix Doctor.)

Mango-Pineapple Cake

1 4pk Mango-Pineapple Fruit Cups packed in 100% juice

1 package (15.25oz) Vanilla Cake Mix

1 stick (8 tablespoons) butter, melted

4 large eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease & flour two 9-inch cake pans.

Strain mango-pineapple fruit cups, reserving the juice. Puree the fruit until smooth in a food processor or blender.

Combine cake mix, butter, eggs, vanilla, and fruit puree in a large mixing bowl. Blend with electric mixer until combined and then scrape down the sides of the bowl. Continue beating on medium speed for two minutes, until the batter is well blended. Divide the batter equally between your two prepared pans and put in the oven.

While the cakes are in the oven, heat the reserved juice over medium heat until it is reduced by half.

Bake for 30 minutes, or until the cakes are golden and spring back when lightly pressed with your finger. Remove from the oven and cool in the pan on racks for ten minutes. Then, turn the cakes out of the pans onto racks.

While the cakes are still warm, poke holes in them with a toothpick. Brush and pour the reduced juice over the top of the cakes so the layers soak up all the juice. Let the layers cool completely.

Frost the cake with a store-bought frosting or your favorite recipe for white icing. Adding coconut to the frosting will enhance the tropical feeling.

Remember, Uplifting Deals has everything you need to enjoy the holidays!

Yeah, I’m not waiting until Christmas for a piece of this cake. 

For an added bonus, try it with this hot chocolate recipe!

Happy Holidays!