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Gluten Free Essentials Kids! Speedy Bake Yella Vanilla Cake Mix- gluten, wheat, nut dairy free

Posted on | August 13, 2007 | 2 Comments

gluten free essentials kids yella vanilla cake cupcake mix

Gluten Free Essentials- THANK YOU for sending this vanilla cake mix my way to review- I just adore it! This mix is specially marketed to children-smaller portions and simple prep makes for a fun and kid friendly product. Go Go Gluten Free!

This mini mix makes one 8×8 cake or six cupcakes- just add applesauce, butter and an egg and you are ready to go. The package even has instructions for a toy oven! Any Easy Bake ovens out there? I opted to make the cupcakes version and used White House natural applesauce in this recipe with fantastic results. The batter was easy to mix and prepare and was an average consistency. I had no problem scooping spoonfuls into the cupcake liners. After baking 30 minutes, the tops of the cupcakes seemed “firm to the touch” so I took then out and let them cool, as instructed on the package.

gluten free essentials kids yella vanilla cake mix

When cool, these cupcakes were super moist- almost too moist, in fact. I don’t think they would t0lerate any type of frosting without crumbling and rippling the smooth cupcake tops. As I took a bite, the cupcake couldn’t hold it’s shape and somewhat collapsed in the cupcake liner; that is how moist it was. I think baking for 2 or 3 minutes longer would help reduce this problem and produce a firmer product.

The texture was identical to a “regular” gluten cake; it was very light, smooth and flavorful. The applesauce added a mild pleasant sweetness, and masks any vanilla flavor that might be in the cake. Now, the cake doesn’t taste like applesauce, but it is not a true vanilla flavor, either.

This mix is so good, I enjoyed it without any type of frosting or topping; it is perfect as-is. These are great as a dessert, snack, or even breakfast item, and could pass as both a “cake” mix or a “muffin” mix. I will definately buy this mix again.

PROS: excellent flavor and texture, not too sweet, kid friendly in every way

CONS: not a true vanilla flavor, too moist- add a few minutes to the bake time for best results

Rating: 4 1/2 stars

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Ingredients: sorghum flour, rice flour, sugar, (GF) baking powder, guar gum, baking soda, cornstrach and salt

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2 Responses to “Gluten Free Essentials Kids! Speedy Bake Yella Vanilla Cake Mix- gluten, wheat, nut dairy free”

  1. Kim
    January 8th, 2010 @ 7:27 pm

    I thought I would leave so advice about trying new cake mixes. If you make it a batch of cupcakes you can remove three or so at a time at different intervals in cooking. One set at the lowest reccomended cooking time (if done), one or two sets somewhere in the middle, and one at the longest cooking time. This way you and your family can find your favorite texture for the nest time you make it, or know that it’s just terrible no matter how it’s baked, lol. I hope this helps! Also, don’t forget to write down a reminder of which time worked best for you :)

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