Product Review:The Pure Pantry Wholegrain Dark Chocolate Cake Mix

This Pure Pantry mix was purchased on sale at my local grocery store for $5.99. This gluten free cake mix usually retails for $6.99- $7.99.

I am ecstatic about the improvement in gluten free cakes. One of my all time favorite cake mixes is the chocolate cake mix from Pamela’s Products. It was the first time I had a GF cake that tasted good and didn’t fall apart. How would this cake mix compare?

This mix can make chocolate cake, chocolate cupcakes, or chocolate pound cake. I made chocolate cupcakes. To prepare, I first blended the provided dry mix, 3 large eggs, 1 c milk, and 1/2 c oil. The consistency reminded me of a thick cake batter. Then I added 1 c hot water. After I added the water the batter became very thin. In fact, it looked like a chocolate broth! I had to ladle the batter into the cupcake pan because it was so thin. I baked it for 20 minutes in a 350 degree oven. It made 16 cupcakes, but could make a 9×12 cake as well.

When I removed the cupcakes from the oven, I was surprised at how good they looked. I expected them to be flat, but they rose well and even sprung back when I touched them. I tried to remove a cupcake from the pan right away, but it fell apart. I waited until they were cool to remove the rest of the cupcakes, and I had no problem with them staying together.

The cupcakes have a great chocolate taste. They weren’t too sweet, but still provided a rich flavor. There was a noticeable flour taste, but it did not overpower the cupcake. I topped the cupcake with homemade buttercream, which was delicious. The cupcake did not fall apart or crumble in my mouth. It remained chewy and moist.

I served these cupcakes to a group of gluten eaters during the Super Bowl, and they loved them. These Pure Pantry cupcakes were a hit!

Rating: 5 stars

Pros: rich dark chocolate taste, moist and spongy

Cons: very thin batter makes it difficult to put into a cupcake pan, pricey


Ingredients: Proprietary flour blend (containing: brown rice flour, sorghum flour, quinoa flour, potato starch flour), cocoa, maple sugar, sucanat, baking powder, baking soda, sea salt, xanthan gum

Free of gluten, refined sugar, dairy, soy, nuts, eggs

Nutritional Snapshot: 180 calories, 1.5g fat, 41g carbohydrates, 12 g sugars, 3 g protein

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