I picked up this mix on my last trip to the midwest. I did not recognize the brand or packaging of this Sylvan Border Farm chocolate cake mix, and promptly purchased it with a promise from my mother that our family would help me sample it. Ok, twist my arm mom! The helfty 1 lb 12 ounce mix makes a 9×13 pan.
Initially I was impressed with the packaging. Inside the unassuming earthy white bag, the mix was double bagged for freshness, accompanied by an insert of recipes. What a nice surprise! I mixed it in a Kitchen-Aid stand mixer and added oil, milk, eggs and boiling water. I found the batter to be very thin and sloshy when I added the water, so much so that some of it sloshed over the edge of the bowl. Helpful hint: be sure to mix at a lower speed when adding the water. I tasted a fingerswipe of the batter and it was just awful- very pasty and tasted like rice flour. I kept my fingers crossed that the final product would be worth my time; I was not disappointed.
This cake was baked in a 9×13 pan for 40 minutes and perfectly rose up above the pan in a reddish cocoa mound.This baking time was perfect, and I would suggest baking at the low end of the suggested 40-45 minute window to prevent overdrying.
The cocoa smell was divine! After letting the cake cool completely and topping it with my famous homemade chocolate truffle frosting, it was ready for consumption by my gluten consuming family. It was amazing! The texture of the thick slices of cake was soft, fluffy and smooth, not a bit grainy or pasty. The cake tasted like a real cake-a real gluten cake- and very moist with average crumbling. The chocolate taste is a slightly sweet cocoa flavor, almost like a german chocolate cake; I loved the chocolate flavor without feeling like I was in for a sugar high. My entire family raved about this cake, and I plan to make it again.
I stored this cake covered on my countertop, and it remained perfectly moist and tasty for a whopping 3 days. Yet another reason to love it.
PROS: Excellent flavor and texture, tastes like “regular” cake, makes a large 9×13 pan
CONS: be careful- sloshy batter
Rating: 5 stars
Ingredients: Sugar, White Rice Flour*, Potato Starch, Cocoa, Brown Rice Flour*, Amaranth Flour, Quinoa Flour*, Baking Soda, Xanthan Gum, Aluminum-free Baking Powder, Salt, White Cornmeal*, Garbanzo Bean Flour*, Soy Flour*; *Organically Grown