During the last couple of my Tesco weekly shops I have popped a free from cake mix into my trolley. Before I continue, the recipes I create and include in my blog are, on the whole, healthy. This one isn’t particularly healthy but it’s not something we have everyday. Plus, in my opinion, life is to be enjoyed, everything in balance etc, etc…
So getting onto the cake mixes. There is a chocolate cake mix and a vanilla one. I obviously needed to try both (for research purposes)! I made both cake mixes into cupcakes as they are more practical in my house, little hands, and therefore will get eaten. After speaking to other allergy parents on social media, two packs are required to make a really decent sized whole cake, which is worth noting. Both mixes require you to add 125g butter/dairy free alternative, three eggs (or flaxseed eggs), and 20ml water. I found for both mixes that I needed to add roughly 30ml more liquid. This maybe due to using flaxseed eggs in place of eggs, but the batter was definitely too dry to mix without the extra liquid. I added dairy free milk but you could always add more water.
We all really enjoyed the taste of the chocolate cake mix. I found it chocolately without being too rich. It also had a light texture which isn’t always achieved with a gluten and egg free batter. The vanilla cake mix was a little bit more synthetic tasting however it worked really well with the cookies in our hidden cookie cupcakes. These cupcakes included a surprise cookies and cream biscuit which you can find in the biscuit aisle at Tesco. Dairy, egg, nut and soya free, it’s great to find a product which little one can share which isn’t specifically free from, and therefore much cheaper! I’ve popped the recipe below.
Little one test
These are great to use with children. Little one really enjoyed helping to mix the batter, however her favourite part was popping the cookies into the muffin cases. I’m going to pretend it was a learning opportunity. Well, we did count the cookies out as we went! The mixes would be ideal to have in the cupboard for just in cases or for a rainy day activity. They are also pretty adaptable so you could make a variety of cakes/cupcakes with them.
I’d love to see how you transform the cake mixes. Let me know through the website or social media!