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10.25.2011

GF Chocolate Cake Mix (Product Review)

Sometimes you just want a chocolate cake, and sometimes you have a purpose to make a chocolate cake.  I have made four different gluten-free, dairy-free, soy-free chocolate cake mixes.  My family and I made lots of friends having these cakes around for the past month of baking!  All the mixes tasted great, and I used the same chocolate frosting mix for all of them Pamelas Dark Chocolate Frosting Mix.  When we noticed differences from one cake to the next, it was just about the cake. 


All the cakes were made in the same small cake pans.  All the cakes had chocolate frosting.

This Dark Chocolate cake mix was nice if you don't like all that sugary light chocolate taste.  It doesn't have any refined sugar!  It is going to be about 40g of carbs per slice.  This is an average carb count for the cakes (with frosting) that  I had my family taste test.  I made some adjustments to the ingredients: Add 1 cup rice milk, 3 eggs, and 1/2 cup vegetable oil. DO NOT ADD THE 1 CUP OF WATER as the instructions say, you will end up with a mushy mess.  Everyone liked this cake, and all the taste testers who weren't gluten free couldn't tell the difference.  This mix runs around $7.80 a bag. Here is a link to the web site CLICK HERE you can find this cake mix in many health food stores.

Next I made Pamela's Chocolate Cake Mix, there are lots of variations on Pamela's web site CLICK HERE TO SEE.  This cake was voted "most like a brownie" tasting.  This cake was very moist, and again the mainstream crowd didn't even know it was gluten free, when they found out they were very impressed.  I did some variations on the ingredients: Add 1 cup water, 2 eggs, and 1/2 cup oil,  DO NOT ADD ANYMORE MOISTURE or you will end up with a MESS.  I don't know why these gluten free mixes ask for so much moisture, DON'T BELIEVE THEM, always start with half the recommended milk, or water then slowly add more as needed.  This was my personal favorite.  This mix runs about $5.50. 


Bob's Red Mill Chocolate Cake Mix might be the healthiest out of this bunch, it is made with garbanzo bean flour which is lower in carbs for you diabetics out there.  It is only 24g of carbs per slice, I counted my daughters slice (with frosting) at 35g. This cake wasn't the sweetest, but was still a crowd pleaser.  I made some ingredient modifications:  Add 1/2 cup butter flavored spectrum shortening, 1 cup rice milk, 2 eggs, 2 tsp vanilla extract.  DO NOT ADD ANYMORE MOISTURE!  This cake bakes up well.  This mix is easy to find at most stores now, and it runs around $4.00 a bag, making it the most economical mix to buy.  Click here to visit the web site. 


This frosting mix is very easy to use.  I have discovered some tips on mixing it up.  DON'T add all the moisture at once.  Add only two tablespoons of water and beat the mixture in your mixer until it comes together.  You can always add more, but you can't take any water out. You can CLICK HERE to visit Pamela's site.  This mix is going to run you around $5.00 a bag.




So throw a couple of these cake and frosting mixes in your pantry, you never know when you will need to whip up a gluten, dairy, soy free cake.  These are so easy to make and taste so good.

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