Posted on | April 9, 2008 | 2 Comments
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.
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.
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
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