Product Type: Betty Crocker Baking & Ingredients
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More of a chocolate swirl cake for me but who cares, I still ate some!
Betty Crocker Chocolate Swirl Cake Mix
Member Name: katykicker
Betty Crocker Chocolate Swirl Cake Mix
Advantages: Easy to mix, frequent special offers if you shop around, yummy.
We all love a cake from time to time and I am no exception to this. While browsing the aisles in Sainsburys a few weeks back this Betty Crocker chocolate swirl cake mix caught my eye and as it was reduced by 1/3 from it's usual price of £1.72 I decided to pick one up for a rainy day. Well, that rainy day came little more than a week later when I knew that some guests would be coming over and I wanted something 'homemade' to serve up to them that would look impressive.
In addition to buying this kit I also needed 70ml of vegetable oil, some water (210ml) and 3 medium eggs which I actually substituted for 2 very large eggs that I was lucky enough to receive from a friend. The kit is very simple to use you just need to mix together the cake mix, eggs, water and oil until you get a nice smooth paste, 8 tablespoons of batter are removed and kept in a bowl for use later on, the rest of the cake mix is poured in to your cake tin(s) depending on what kind of cake you are going for. I used one tin to make this cake and I used a 9" silicone cake tin for my creation. Once you have the plain cake mix in your tin you can take the reserved mix from earlier and add the chocolate mix in to this and stir well until all mixed thoroughly and nice and smooth, then take this chocolate cake mix and randomly mix in to the plain cake mix using a knife to create a swirling pattern throughout the cake. The instructions are very thorough, easy to read and informatively displayed on the back of the packaging for the cake mix.
I found the instructions very easy to follow and the cake was very simple to make. It took around 40 minutes in the oven and I did end up using a knife several times to check if this mixture was ready as it just felt like such a long time for a cake, however, the instructions proved to be thorough and accurate and the cake was ready in around 43 minutes which was the latter stage of time advised on the packaging. I think I was a little overenthusiastic with the chocolate cake mix and the cake did end up looking more like a chocolate cake with biege swirls in it rather than the cake displayed on the packaging. I think next time round I'd just use a little of the chocolate cake mix rather than feeling like I have to use every last bit just because it's been set aside. I did feel that four tablespoons would have been enough cake mix to leave behind really but that's just my personally preference and opinion.
The cake itself was very tasty and I did get a lot for my money. We used this cake to serve to friends and ended up with 8 very generous portions which were all polished off so I guess everyone else liked it too! The cake retained it's shape very well after it had cooled and it didn't crumble too much when cutting and it looked quite nice served warm with a little dollop of ice cream on the side and a dusting of cocoa. I was very pleased with how easy this cake was to make and the making time was just a few minutes with minimal washing up (always good!). I would firmly recommend this for the price and while you could probably make the ingredients yourself slightly cheaper they are all there and ready to use in just a matter of two minutes mixing.
Summary: A decent cake mix from Betty Crocker.
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