Saturday, March 26, 2011

Review: Metro Irresistibles Cake Mix

It has been a whirlwind of birthdays in my house.  First my son, then my birthday last week, and my husband's birthday is on Tuesday.  We celebrated my and my husband's birthday today with family, and my mother baked a gluten free cake from a mix.  The grocery store METRO has a line of their very own gluten free products, and she picked up a box of their cake mix to try.  Until I checked this out online, I had no idea that Metro currently the only grocery store chain in Canada with their own private label of GF foods, and that they have more than 20 products to choose from.  I will be making a stop at my local Metro to check things out!  The product she used was the Metro Irresistibles Gluten Free White Cake Mix

The last time we made a gluten free cake from a mix it was ok, but a bit on the dense/dry side, and my son refused to eat it.  This time was much different.  The cake mix was for a basic white cake, and my mom iced it with her 7 minute icing, which is gluten and dairy free.  She used the bread hook when beating the mix, and the result was a lovely, soft, fluffy cake.

The look of anticipation on my son's face is priceless

Unlike our previous attempt at a homemade cake, this cake was light and airy inside.  Many cakes from gluten free mixes don't rise the same way a regular cake would, but this cake had the consistency of a regular, plain white cake.  The flavour was subtle and really let the icing shine.  And my son liked it so much that he eventually dropped the fork and just grabbed a chunk to shove in his mouth!

The verdict: This product looked and tasted like a real cake, and would fool anyone who didn't know that it was actually gluten free.  I'm thinking about using the mix to make cupcakes for Easter, and it will be my go-to mix when I need to whip up a quick cake for dessert.  I don't know if using the bread hook made a difference, but that's the way I'll be making it! 


  1. Looks yummy! What is the frosting?

  2. I'll get the recipe from my mom today and get back to you!

  3. I know this isn't a homemade icing recipe, but she's had it so long she's not sure of the original source. Here it is:


    A)In a double boiler beat together:

    2 unbeaten egg whites
    1 1/2 cups of sugar
    5 tablespoons of cold water
    1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
    1 1/2 teaspoons of light corn syrup

    B) Beat constantly with mixer for seven minutes
    remove from heat and add 1 teaspoon of vanilla
    continue beating until the right consistency to be spread

    should be eaten within 1 to 2 days or will go sugary. The consistency is kind of sticky and reminds me of that marshmallow stuff you can get in a jar. A little sugary for some, but the little ones loved it!

  4. Looks so fluffy and yummy! Going to try!