The Cake Mix Doctor bakes GF
A few weeks ago, I received a copy of The Cake Mix Doctor Bakes Gluten-Free, by Anne Byrn to review. Anne takes typical boxed cake mixes and adds in other ingredients to make a boxed cake homemade.
If you’ve read this blog for any length of time, you know that I’m not a baker. Sure, I can produce a decent cookie every once in a while (provided the recipe is simple enough a 4 year old could make it), but I don’t have major baking skills. Which is why I was pretty stoked to play around with this cookbook, which has 70+ recipes from muffins to brownies to cake.
The first recipe I made was the Devil’s Food cake with buttercream (although I opted for chocolate frosting since Matt claimed he wouldn’t eat anything vanilla and I was counting on him to eat at least half the cake so the rest didn’t end up going straight to my butt).
Yes, I know my cake is lopsided, the top layer is larger than the bottom, and there are weird holes in it. That isn’t Anne Byrn’s fault, as she couldn’t have anticipated that I would forget the timer on the oven because I was engrossed in the newest Angry Birds.
But the taste? Definitely better than just box mix chocolate cake (I used Betty Crocker’s GF chocolate cake mix, by the way). Matt even ate his fair share.
Cake holders? Not at this house. Frosting spreading skills? Nope. (More frosting in the mouth than on the cake? Yep.)
All in all, a good shortcut book for those of us that who would rather pay Betty Crocker to measure the flour, sugar, salt, etc. and save some time, but don’t want to simply eat boxed cake mix cake.
For those of you in the Dallas area, Anne Byrn will be in our area:
Tuesday, April 26, 2011
7:00 – 9:00pm
A Real Bookstore
113 Prairie Road
Fairview, TX 75069
Hope to see you there!
Disclaimer: I received the book to review for free, however I purchased the cake mixes and other ingredients with my own money. All opinions are my own.