‘Cause You’re Special! Moist Yellow Cake Mix- gluten, casein, & wheat free, all natural

What is my deal? All of my vanilla/white/yellow gluten free cake mixes are all so . . . ho-hum, nothing exciting or good so far. The ‘Cause You’re Special Moist Yellow Cake Mix is no exception. I purchased this 14.8 ounce mix locally for $6.19, and it makes one 8 inch cake.

The mixing instructions were simple and easy. I mixed the batter in a stand mixer with ease. Getting the batter into the cupcake liners was a bit tricky, since it was quite thick, sticky and gummy. My cupcakes were done after 22 minutes, even though the directions indicated to bake for 25-35 minutes. My cupcakes came out of the pan looking like this:

The tops of the cupcakes rose unevenly, so they looked a bit strange. But did they taste good?

This cake mix is very sweet with a nice light texture. The cake was not grainy or coarse, and only slightly mealy tasting from the rice flour. Fresh from the oven, the cupcakes had nice crisp edges that softened over time as the cupcakes cooled. These cupcakes hold their shape well, although the soft and tender tops could make frosting them a challenge. Frost with care please! I imagine a slightly sweet frosting or fresh fruit would go well with this mix.

As I tasted this cake, I had the strange feeling that I had tasted these cupcakes before, but just couldn’t place the association. Then . . . BINGO! I realized that these cupcakes taste just like the “Cause You’re Special Biscuit Mix, only sweeter and a touch fluffier! Unfortunately, after I realized this tasty deja vu, I couldn’t eat these cupcakes without feeling like I was eating a really sweet biscuit.

PROS: moist, nice vanilla flavor

CONS: tastes similar to their biscuit mix, sticky batter

Rating: 3 1/2 stars

Ingredients: Sugar, white rice flour, potato starch, corn starch, baking powder (sodium acid pyrophosphate, sodium bicarbonate, cornstarch, monocalcium phosphate), salt, xanthan gum.

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