I’ve only used one pre-packaged cake mix in the last year. It happened to be King Arthur’s Deliciously Simple Chocolate Cake Mix which they sent me in celebration of my blog turning a year old. The cake was chocolate flavored, and was absolutely delicious. It tasted as if it were made from scratch, but only took a few minutes to throw together. People who I shared the cupcakes with raved about them. I imagine they would have never suspected they were a mix if I hadn’t said anything, and the fact that they were a mix didn’t seem to detour anyone from chowing them down.
I have never made a strawberry flavored cake mix before. I’ve always been a little worried that a strawberry cake would have an artificial strawberry taste to it. As I was strolling through the grocery store recently I happened upon a display of Pillsbury cake mixes. Feeling a bit creative, but not overly ambitious, I bought the strawberry flavored mix to experiment with.
I made the cake batter according to the directions on the box. I tasted the batter just before pouring it into the cupcake tins, it was then, that I decided to add a teaspoon of my Madagascar Vanilla Extract to the batter. I really liked the results that adding the vanilla yielded – I think it toned down the strawberry flavor just a bit. I also decided to add a dollop of homemade strawberry jam into the center of each cupcake before I baked them. As the cupcakes baked, the jam settled into the bottom of each cupcake leaving a super moist, and flavorful bottom.
To save calories, and keep the cupcakes lighter, I topped them off with light whipped cream just prior to serving.
My opinion, the Pillsbury’s cake mix yielded delicious, moist cupcakes too. These would make great, happy endings at a picnics or barbeques this summer. What is your favorite cake flavor, and how do you feel about using cake mixes?