Posted on | March 9, 2012 | 2 Comments
Nuts.com provided this gluten free chocolate cake mix to test out. Nuts online, now known as nuts.com, is an internet based company. They originally sold variety of nuts, but have expanded to dried fruits, snacks and baking mixes. They now have gluten free mixes. This 1 pound cake mix mix retails for $3.49, and should make 18 cupcakes or an eight inch layer cake.
I examined the package, and it struck me as odd was that the directions were not on the package. I had to go on the website to find them.
To prepare I first creamed 1/2 c softened butter. Next I added the cake mix, 1 c buttermilk, and two eggs. After mixing well I added 1/3 c hot water and 2 t vanilla extract. Since the batter was fairly thick, it was challenging to scoop the dough into the muffin tins. The directions state that 18 cupcakes can be made, but I only made 12. I baked them in a preheated 350 degree oven for 15 minutes.
When I pulled the cupcakes out of the oven I noticed how much they rose. I filled them about 4/5 full and they peaked an inch above the cupcake wrapper. Sadly, my cupcakes rose quite unevenly, so all my cupcakes appeared very lumpy.
I let my lumpy and bumpy gluten free cupcakes completely cool and decided to give them a taste test. I noticed a mild, understated chocolate flavor. It wasn’t too sweet, and I thought with frosting it would be perfect. There wasn’t a strange gluten aftertaste at all, like some GF products can have. The cupcake was a little spongy, and the texture was close to a gluten cupcake, closer than I have had in a long time. The cupcake didn’t crumble when I bit into it. I loved this cupcake! It does not taste like a gluten free cupcake. In fact, I served these at a social gathering of gluten eaters. Not a single cupcake was left over!
I have to say that I was skeptical of this mix because it came from a nut company, but these are fabulous. I am excited to try other nuts.com products.
Rating: 5 stars
Pros: not too sweet chocolate cupcake with a spongy texture, great price
Cons: directions aren’t printed on the package
Review submitted by Kristina
Ingredients: evaporated cane juice, sugar, unsweetened cocoa, garbanzo bean flour, potato starch, tapioca starch, whole grain white sorghum flour, fava bean flour, baking soda, xanthan gum, sea salt, cream of tartar
Nutritional Snapshot: 110 calories, .5g fat, 24g carbohydrates, 12g sugar, 2g protein
Want to try this mix? Visit the nuts.com site for ordering details.