Gluten Free Reviewer Grocery

Monday, October 10, 2011

Gluten Free Baking Mix: Cherrybrook Kitchen Gluten Free Dreams Chocolate Cake Mix

PRODUCT NAME:                     Gluten Free Dreams Chocolate Cake Mix

BRAND:                                    Cherrybrook Kitchen

COST:                                      $4.45

SIZE:                                        16.4 oz

COST PER OZ:                         $0.27



ORGANIC:                                NO


VEGAN:                                   YES

GLUTEN FREE FACILITY:         NO        

LOCATION OF FACILITY:         Massachusetts

SHELF LIFE:                            1 Year                                   

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I love to bake.  My gluten allergy diagnosis meant that I had to rediscover and research how to bake again.  I love making things from scratch and seeing how the chemistry of it all comes together and creates a fun, and sometimes unexpected, outcome.  When I go to the store to get my myriad of flours and starches, I notice that there are more and more baking mixes popping up in the baking isles that are gluten free.  Most of the time I am weary, because I think all of us have had bad experiences with mixes of all kinds, glutinous or gluten free.  But every once in awhile you need something quick and fast and ready to go in a few minutes that you can toss in the oven and have it ready.  So what do you do?

I’m going to point you in a good direction: Cherrybrook Kitchen Gluten Free Dreams Chocolate Cake Mix.  I made up a batch of cupcakes with the mix.  It was super easy and I had the whole thing together and in the baking cups in 5 minutes.  I usually add things to mixes, like extra spices, some chai or cocoa, or liqueur, or whatever strikes my fancy, but this time I just wanted to try it out bare bones and simple. 

I think a simple good chocolate cake is really tough.  It’s either too sweet or too fluffy, but this mix is pretty darn good.  It’s spongy and light, not dense like a lot of gluten free baking.  The chocolate is a Belgian cocoa powder, which is more like a bittersweet cocoa in its smell and flavor.  I appreciate that it’s not too sweet because you can add honey or agave nectar to the mix and adjust it yourself if you want to.  Also, the dark chocolate flavor allows more leeway in the kind of frosting you pair with the cake mix.  This would be fabulous with anything from peanut butter, cream cheese, to raspberry frosting.  I sampled my batch with the Mimicreme Healthy Top Whipped Cream, which has a tasty nuttiness to it and it was a great match.

I also think experimenting with filling these cupcakes with something would be a good idea.  All in all, I really love this mix but I want to stress that it’s an excellent thing to start with.  In a pinch, this is a great chocolate cake mix, but I think its real use is as a base to add to.  It doesn’t want much, but a little creativity can go a long way and make something honest to something extraordinary when you’ve got something that’s this good to springboard off from.

The Cherrybrook Kitchen company is very allergen conscious, paying attention not only to gluten free, but nut, dairy and eggs as well.  They have various lines of their products, not all of which are gluten free so when seeing their products make sure you see the wheat and gluten free labeling.  Their website is very detailed and provides a lot of allergy information.  

Taste: Good chocolate cake, dark bittersweet chocolate flavor and not too sweet.  Is good on it’s own but would be amazing with some creative add-ins.
Labeling:  Clear gluten free label and friendly packaging.  The instructions for how to make the recipe are both printed as well as instructed by pictures.  I love instructions with pictures.  It makes the whole thing homey and straightforward.
Packaging: Cardboard box with baking mix wrapped in plastic inside.
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Texture:               5                             
Taste:                   4                             
Value:                  4             
OVERALL:            4.3         

Reviewed by Krisztina L

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