Wednesday, August 4, 2010
Duncan Hines Triple Chocolate Decadent Cake Mix
Confession time: as much as I love cake (and I looooooovvvve cake!), I can't say that I have much -- make that NO -- desire to actually bake one from scratch. Oh, I am perfectly happy to make boxed cake mixes, but the moment sifting gets thrown in, I am pretty much over it. I realize it's not that much extra work. I just don't want to do it.
That said, even baking from the box...well, it happens maybe once every couple of months. I have to admit it was the rather tasty-looking cake porn on the box that got me to buy this mix in the first place.
This is a chocolate cake mix that has not only chunks of chocolate, but also hidden fudgy patches. The cake pictured on the box also features a lush-looking chocolate glaze (not included). And while the store did in fact have pretty much any type of frosting or glaze I could ever hope for...well, here is Confession #2: I do not like frosting. I know, I know. I don't completely understand it either. If given my way, I would never eat frosted cake again. Don't get me wrong; I don't hate it, I don't go as far as not having cake if it's frosted, nor do I scrape the frosting off. It's just that given my choice, I'll skip it.
You basically make this mix as you would any other boxed mix -- except that there is an extra step of mixing the fudgy stuff in a second bowl, and holding that off to the side until you have the cake mix in the pan. Then you add little dollops of the fudge here and there.
So, after all of that, how did it taste?
Sort of like the love child of chocolate cake mix and brownie mix. The cake bakes like any other cake, but the little fudge dollops you have added stay moist. If you have had "lava cake" in a restaurant, the effect is much the same.
I can see where a lot of people will end up loving this cake. For me, though, I found myself wanting one extreme or the other. By that I mean that it didn't exactly satisfy the cake fix I was looking for, and yet the little fudge patches made me want brownies!
It's as moist and chocolatey as you could ever hope for a boxed mix to be. But I think I just prefer my cakes a little more old school.