When we go food shopping, one of my favourite aisles in the supermarket is the home baking aisle. I love looking at all the different cake toppers and ingredients and planning what delight to bake next.
I’m forever buying recipe books, particularly baking ones, and trying out new recipes but it can sometimes be a bit of a faff getting all the ingredients together and sometimes buying everything separately can add up to quite a bit (Madagascan vanilla pods and rose extract anyone?!) so when I saw boxes of Betty Crocker cake mix reduced to less than 50p each I decided to give them a whirl and experiment with a few different cakes.
I wanted to see if these pre-mixed ingredients would give you the same quality finish as other recipes but I also wanted to put my own twist on each of the boxes I bought. I pushed aside my baking snobbery and popped a few products in my trolley.
I can totally see the appeal of these mixes – they are cheap, someone has done the weighing for you and if you aren’t a very confident baker then they can be a great way to get started.
However, there is another side of me that thinks you are essentially just paying someone to weigh a bit of flour and sugar out for you, which you can easily do yourself, and secondly you aren’t completely in control of what is being added to your food.
Anyway, back to the shopping…I purchased:
Chocolate Swirl Cake Mix
Caramel Cupcake Mix
And Blueberry Muffin Mix
I have decided to break these posts up into a little three part series and today I will be talking about the Chocolate Swirl Cake Mix.
I was going for lunch at a friend’s house last month and offered to bring a pudding so adapted this mix to make a chocolate orange swirl cake.
The instructions on the box were really easy to follow and all the packets inside were clearly labelled. The only additions I made were the zest and juice of an orange to give the cake a bit of citrus bite.
Just before baking in the oven, you had to separate the batter and add cocoa to one third then dollop this chocolate flavoured mixture on top of the plain stuff and swirl it through using a knife.
This looked so pretty that I couldn’t wait to see it when it was cooked!
The marble pattern looked fantastic and it smelled amazing as it was baking.
Here is a picture as we cut into it and we served it warm with a drizzle of single cream.
I have to say I was really impressed with this cake. The swirly pattern made quite a statement when it was on a plate and the cake itself was lovely and moist. I think the orange flavour really added to the cake mix, as I imagine it may have been a bit plain and stodgy without it, but that’s just my guess.
So far, Cake Mix 1 – Baking Snobbery 0!
Tomorrow, onto the cupcakes…