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Betty Crocker Chocolate Swirl Cake Mix
Member Name: Julie449
Betty Crocker Chocolate Swirl Cake Mix
Advantages: Yummy, moist and suitable for lots of occassions
Disadvantages: Not great for the waist line
As much as I like to bake a cake from scratch, I don't always have the time and after trying sereval Betty Crocker cake mixes, I have found they have a great homemade taste but with half the effort. Although Betty Crocker cake mixes used to be on the top end of the price scale for cake mixes, they seem to be coming down and you can usually pick this cake mix and others in the range for £1.50.
I have used this chocolate swirl cake mix a few times, now and on this occassion I made the cake for a dinner party.
This cake mix can be recognized on the shelf by the standard Betty Crocker packaging. This consists of a large red spoon logo with Betty Crocker written inside. There is a large picture in the centre, in this case it is a picture of a large slice of chocolate swirl cake, with a red border. The slice of cake looks delicious and a bit different from pictures on other cake mix boxes. The cake looks mostly plain sponge with a chocolate swirl through it.
There is a large red circle on the front that states all the other ingredients you'll need to add to the mix and how many servings the cake should provide. All you need to add is eggs, water and oil, and the cake should serve 12.
A small nutrition guide is also featured in the bottom right hand corner of the book. The front of the box provides all the information you really need before purchasing.
The back of the box has all the cooking details, prep time and baking time. One side of the box has lots of hints and tips, and the contact information for Betty Crocker. The other side of the box has an ingredients list.
The packaging also has a few added touches like what looks like hand drawn hearts next to the handwritten word enjoy. This helps to give it a family friendly feel.
Inside the box, there are two different sachets of cake mix, one small and one large. The larger one is cake mix and the smaller one is chocolate mix.
Making and Baking-
As with all Betty Crocker cake mixes I've used, the instructions are really clear, and easy to understand. They are laid out well on the box, in a step by step way.
Firstly you need to get all the other ingredients together, which are 210ml of water, 70ml of vegetable oil and 3 medium eggs.
Next you need to preheat the oven, the temperature is provided for gas, electric and fan assisted ovens.
You then need to grease your tin/tins. There are 3 different sized tin options suggested.
Beat the cake mix from the larger sachet, oil, water and the eggs together in a large bowl for 2-3 minutes. You then need to remove 8 tablespoons of the mixture and place in a smaller bowl. Pour the rest of the mixture into the tin/tins.
Add the chocolate mix sachet into the smaller bowl and stir together using a fork.
Once mixed you need to drop chocolate mixture randomly onto the batter in your tin/tins. There is a picture next to the instructions that shows this step so you can see how its done. Then using a knife swirl the chocolate mix through the cake mix. This is easy to do and you can make some great patterns and play around a bit at this stage.
Then its time to bake. Bake for the time shown for the size of tin/tins you are using. It is then suggested that you leave to cool for 10 minutes before turning out. I normally leave it slightly longer until the tins have cooled more.
While cooking there is a fantastic sponge cake smell with a slight chocolate smell in there too that drifts through the house.
After leaving to cool, I found the cake came out of the tins easily. I used the tins with the push out bases, however I have used normal tins before and still found the cakes came out with ease. I cooked the cake in 2 round tins.
I decided to sandwich my cakes together with chocolate spread, but this is something I personally choose to do and its not something suggested on the box. Unlike alot of Betty Crocker cake mixes it doesn't say you need to have icing, however on the side of the box, under hints and tips, it suggests topping with rich and creamy chocolate fudge icing. I have tried covering the cake in melted chocolate, but found this too be a bit sickly, and although I haven't tried topping with fudge icing, I do wonder if this would have the same effect. On this ocassion though I decided not to top with anything, as it was for a dinner party and I didn't want to cover the swirl effect. the top of the cake goes a lovely golden brown colour, with chocolate swirls being a much darker brown, giving a great marble effect. I put this cake out for my dinner party as dessert and it had a real wow factor with my guests.
The first few times I made this cake, I found that when I cut into it the swirl effect didn't go the whole way through the cake, but by sorting out my technique when adding the chocolate mix, making sure I go deeper with the knife, this is no longer an issue.
Hints and tips-
The side of the box has the following tips.
Why not try with Betty Crocker Rich and Creamy Fudge Icing?
Try serving this warm with ice-cream as a delicious dessert.
Why not Try- Adding some flaked almonds, halfway through baking or adding some chopped stem ginger in the chocolate mixture.
I love the taste of this cake. I prefer it without anything on top. It's really moist and has a chocolate taste to it but without being sickly. I found this cake even went down well with my mother who tends to stay clear of chocolate cake. This cake has a great homemade taste but with the ease of a packet mix.
Although a little bit more tricky than some of the other Betty Crocker range, its still really easy to use. Its great to do by yourself for a dinner party or special occassion, or just something fun to do with the family. My son enjoys making swirls in the cake mix and seeing how they turn out when cooked. However its not so good for the waist line at 238kcal per slice. The packaging is great, eyecatching, and stands out on the shelf. Overall another great packet mix from the Betty Crocker range.
Summary: Another great packet mix from Betty Crocker