Several New Boxed Gluten Free Cakes Now Make Baking Easy
Having been thrown into the gluten free world less than a year ago, I am still on a learning curve discovering new products with every trip to the grocery store. Perhaps I should say stores, for now I find myself roaming around the city picking up hard to find gluten free products in many locations. I have always been a healthy eater, but a diagnosis of Hashimoto’s thyroiditis forced me to become ten times healthier eliminating gluten from my diet like many of my celiac friends. I have learned one thing - eating super healthy and preparing almost all meals and treats from scratch is sometimes time consuming and frustrating. I want some lazy days with little to no thought cooking and baking! Luckily, several new products like gluten free boxed cakes have been steadily hitting the market removing a lot of kitchen stress.
Gluten Free Cakes and Cupcakes in a Box
Having loved baking my entire life, if I can create a treat from scratch I will. But sometimes after a long day at work and a busy schedule, when recipes need to be found, gas needs to be put in the car, a shopping trip is in order and there is no time to throw together a long list of ingredients, putting together a last minute gluten free cake has just become the equivalent of climbing Mount Everest. And let’s be honest, sometimes gluten free baking ingredients can be quite costly – and hard to find. I have been happy to discover several new gluten free boxed cakes on store shelves. They are the perfect solution to requests for a last minute bake sale donation, school function, potluck dinner or company event. And if your gluten free child is headed to a birthday party and you are unsure if the dessert served will be gluten free, sending along a piece of cake or a cupcake or twelve to help your child feel at ease is a great plan. Keep a couple boxes in your pantry shelves to avoid that last minute trip to the grocery store and you are set for the next baking emergency.
Betty Crocker Gluten Free Mixes
Baking giant Betty Crocker has been slowly introducing several varieties of gluten free products to store shelves. Because its products are becoming more readily available in major supermarkets, although slightly higher in price than its non-gluten free varieties, the price is not as economically out of reach as other brands with less shelf presence.
Betty Crocker offers two gluten free boxed cake mixes: Gluten Free Devil’s Food Cake (chocolate) and Gluten Free Yellow Cake. The site also showcases its Baker’s Challenge Gluten Free Recipe Contest Finalists using these box cakes. A scrumptious concoction using the yellow cake mix includes Apple-Spice Cupcakes with Maple Cream Cheese Frosting and Candied Walnuts while the chocolate variety boasts the Cherries and Cream Devil’s Food Cake and the Marble Cake recipe combines the two. Info about Betty Crocker gluten free baking options can be found under its website’s Products section. Betty Crocker gluten free products are made at a gluten free processing facility.
Gluten Free Pantry Cake Mixes
Gluten Free Pantry
Founded by professional chef and celiac Beth Hillson, Gluten Free Pantry was bought by Quebec's Glutino in 2004 thus rounding out its immense selection of gluten free products available in North America. Having been created in 1983, Glutino established itself early in the growing gluten free market thus its products can be found in many major grocery stores throughout North America. Gluten Free Pantry products are some of the best Glutino has to offer.
Gluten Free Pantry offers three gluten free boxed cake mixes: Old Fashioned Cake and Cookie Mix, Decadent Chocolate Cake Mix and the Chocolate Cookie and Cake Mix (which creates more of a bar than a cake or cupcake). The company’s website lists several fantastic recipes should you decide to jazz up the cake basics including Cranberry Swirl Spice Cake, Chocolate and Peanut Butter Cream Cake, Orange Chiffon Cake and Chocolate Raspberry Delight. Glutino conducts regular testing to make sure its products comply with gluten free guidelines. If you are new to the world of gluten free eating, a "Newly Diagnosed Kit" is available on the company's website along with a weekly sample menu.
Cherrybrook Kitchen Gluten Free Cake Mixes
Food allergies developed in 2000 forced Patsy Rosenberg to start getting creative in the kitchen, Her baking experiments led to eventually creating Cherrybrook Kitchen in order to offer a variety of baked goods to those with food allergies and intolerances. Her goal was to create a variety of products not just for the family member with food sensitivities but for the entire family to enjoy without compromising on taste.
Cherrybrook Kitchen offers two gluten free boxed cake mixes: Gluten Free Chocolate Cake and Gluten Free Yellow Cake. To address a list of known allergens, all products are created in a peanut-free and nut-free facility and all mixes are made on dedicated equipment that does not produce dairy or egg products. The company website also lists some easy recipes using the box cakes including Banana Coffee Cake with Crumb Topping and Chocolate Cake with Raspberry Filling and Raspberry Sauce.