betty crocker gluten free cake

June 1, 2009 was a historical day for the gluten intolerant.  Gluten free peeps all over America were able to buy GF cake, cookie, and brownie mixes at their local grocery stores.   I sped like a maniac cautiously drove to my supermarket with grand visions of eating gluten free cake for lunch that day.   Much to my amazement, I arrived at the store and saw not one measly box of gluten free mix.  The gluten-filled mixes mocked me from their shelves.   With a heavy heart, I returned home empty handed and washed down a handful of chocolate bits with some Hershey’s syrup.  Two months later, the day of rainbows and unicorns finally arrived!  I’d procured a box of GF vanilla cake mix that I didn’t have to purchase online, at a specialty food store, or three states over by way of catamaran.

I’d read on several gluten free blogs that the Betty Crocker Vanilla Gluten Free Cake Mix was on the dry gritty side, so I decided to doctor it up a bit.  To the cake mix, I added one cup of sour cream (I used reduced fat) and one vanilla pudding mix.  Here’s my (humble) opinion of the product and my tweaked results:

Pros

  • Ease of purchase (even my local podunk grocery store carries the GF product line).
  • Minimal ingredients = tasty cake in belly sooner rather than later.
  • With the sour cream and pudding mix added, I loved the cake!  My picky, gluten-eating family thought it was delicious as well.

Cons

  • My wondrous gluten free cake mix for $4.00 was sitting right next to a lovely 99 cent box filled with wheat.
  • The box of Betty Crocker gluten free cake mix is 15 ounces.  Betty’s glutenous cake mix is 18.25 ounces.
  • The glutenous Betty Crocker cake mix makes TWO eight inch cakes or 24 cupcakes.  Those who make the gluten free version will get ONE lonely eight inch cake or 18 cupcakes.  Seriously, why do gluten intolerant people get less product for a greater price?  Something seems wrong with this picture.

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