Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Product Review: XO Baking Co. Vanilla Cake Mix

For my husband's birthday in March my son wanted to bake him a birthday cake.  Usually we just pick up or make some gluten free cupcakes, but this year he was excited about baking a cake, so we went out to check out gluten free cake mixes.  I've used a few different mixes in the past with varying results, but I always like to try new things.  While browsing Bulk Barn for something unrelated, I came across XO Baking Co.'s mixes. 

I had never heard of this company before.  My local grocery store doesn't carry their products.  The packaging called my attention, and there were a few different products to choose from.  My son decided that Daddy would want a vanilla cake, so we picked up the mix and went home to bake a cake. 

Not one to be content with just trying out a product, I always like to do my research.  There's a lot to like about this company.  The founder, Lindsey Deitch, has been diagnosed with Celiac disease, so safe gluten free food is a priority for her.  She's also a certified health and nutrition coach, and her baking mixes are all natural, produced in a dedicated gluten free facility and certified gluten free (Source). 

I was surprised when looking at the cake mix to find that one mix actually makes a double layer cake.  Most mixes make a one layer, 8 inch cake, but this one doubles that for roughly the same price as other mixes.  The mix is also dairy free.  The cake baked nice and fluffy, and the taste was easily one of the best cakes I've tasted from a mix, gluten free or not.  I was really impressed with how moist and soft the cake was.  I frosted it with a plain gluten free frosting, but the company offers a frosting mix as well.  It wasn't available where I shopped.  We topped it with some shredded coconut that my son insisted we turn blue because Daddy would like it that way. 

The result:  A delicious, double layer cake that was gone in one sitting.  I used 9 inch baking pans, so the cake would have been even taller if I had used 8 inch ones.  The slices held together, and there was nothing dry and crumbly about the final product. 

I would highly recommend this mix. 

1 comment :

  1. Glad you can have cake any time you want it too