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‘Cause You’re Special! Golden Pound Cake Mix- all natural/ wheat free/ gluten free/ casein free

Posted on | April 9, 2008 | 2 Comments

gluten free poundcake

When our family drives to Virginia to visit family, we try to pick up our daughter’s favorite treat for the ride home- Ukrop’s pound cake. Their bakery- and everything else they make, is simply yummy. We love the smooth, slightly sweet flavor, and I especially like that the pound cake hardly crumbles. This is ideal for a long drive home in the car- the less crumbs the better.

Obviously I cannot have their pound cake anymore, so when I saw that ‘Cause You’re Special made a golden pound cake mix I had high hopes for a yummy, portable sweet treat for myself and my family. This 16.5 ounce gluten free pound cake mix sells for $6.99 at my local natural foods store.

Mixing the batter was a breeze with my Kitchen-Aid mixer. Just combine 3 large eggs and 3/4 cup butter or margarine. If you want this to be dairy and casein free, simply substitute the butter with the baking spread of your choice.

gluten free poundcake

The batter is thick, smooth and very sticky. I used a spatula to smooth it into the pan, but ended up smoothing most of it with my fingers dipped in water because of the stickiness. After baking for 75 minutes and – ta da! The first gluten free pound cake to ever grace my countertops.

gluten free poundcake

This gluten free pound cake has a thick and semi- soft crust. The top of the pound cake is slightly crisp and flaky with an ultra-sweet flavor. The texture is smooth with a few nooks and crannies, and does not crumble or fall apart and slices easily. When freezing slices of this gluten free cake, I would recommend eating it before it completely get to room temperature. I found that when allowed to completely thaw, the texture seemed mealy and mushy. Not good. For best results, I suggest consuming the pound cake fresh within 24 hours.

However, the flavor closely resembles the ‘Cause You’re Special! To me, the flavor is a very sweet rice flour flavor with butter blended in for richness. If you like this company’s other products, then you will probably like the pound cake as well.

Overall, this mix is OK, but not exactly the gluten free replacement for Ukrop’s that I was hoping for.

Pros: dense, smooth, texture comparable to traditional pound cake

CONS: lack of original flavor – tastes just like their biscuits and vanilla cake, so-so results from freezing, strong rice flavor, really sweet

Rating: 3 stars

Want to try this mix for yourself? Click below:

‘Cause You’re Special – Golden Pound Cake Mix


Ingredients:sugar, white rice flour, potato starch, tapioca starch, xanthan gum, salt

Check out my other ‘Cause You’re Special! reviews:

Cause You’re Special! Moist Yellow Cake Mix

‘Cause You’re Special Hearty Biscuit Mix

‘Cause You’re Special! Lemon Poppyseed Muffin Mix

‘Cause You’re Special! Famous Pizza Crust Mix

‘Cause You’re Special! Chocolate Fudge Brownie Mix


2 Responses to “‘Cause You’re Special! Golden Pound Cake Mix- all natural/ wheat free/ gluten free/ casein free”

  1. GFN Richard
    April 9th, 2008 @ 6:49 pm

    At least it doesn’t fall apart! … We have been trying to find a way to just bake regular bread for our work lunch sandwiches that doesn’t crumble by the time lunch comes. Not sure, maybe it’s our poor baking skills :P
    It seems that gluten free breads do not last at all unless frozen, we miss having a loaf of bread last the week :(

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  2. Karen
    April 11th, 2008 @ 1:27 am

    I hear you Richard- I just HATE bread that crumbles apart! If you find a brand you like, please let me know so I can try it too.

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