Yup! I was an unbeliever. In my President’s Choice mystery box reveal video I basically said, well, I’ll try it but seriously, make your own damn cakes.
There were a few reasons why I was so wary. First? Even when I personally tried gluten-free baking it was usually with rice flour which resulted in grainy and gross “treats” that I would never make again.
Second, the box says no artificial flavours but the ingredients list is far from simple:
Sugar, modified potato starch, white corn flour, tapioca starch, cocoa, skim milk powder, salt, modified cellulose, glucono delta lactone, caramel colour (contains sulphites), baking soda, xanthan gum, sodium phosphate, propylene glycol mono fatty acid esters, soy mono- and diglycerides, sodium stearoyl-2-lactylate, natural flavour, corn starch, sodium alginate, guar gum.
Third, the first ingredient being sugar? They were far from “healthy” and each baked cupcake would have more than 200 calories each.
But! I said I would keep and open mind and I did.
So what is in the box? A bag. What will you need from your own kitchen?
You can use 1/2 cup softened unsalted butter or vegetable oil. I went with canola. You also need 1/2 cup water and 2 large eggs.
In a large bowl combine everything using an electric mixer and beat on low speed for one minutes. Scrape down sides and beat for 1 minute.
Pour (I scooped) into prepared baking pan or divide between muffin cups.
Bake the cupcakes in a preheated 325F oven for 21-24 minutes.
I took mine out at 21 minutes and they were perfectly baked. Not just that. They were damn perfect! Light, airy yet so chocolatey… No weird texture or taste. I could not believe it. Not only were they not strange in some way, they were absolutely delicious. I hazard to say, the best chocolate cupcakes I have ever had. I could not believe it!
We have been having these with tea every day for a few days now and they are still delicious. I keep waiting for something to complain about to come up but nope, they are wonderful. Easy to make with fantastic flavour and texture… I give this product five out of five wooden spoons.
OMG, I never thought I would give a mix anywhere near a rating like that but these deserve it! President’s Choice, you did it. You turned me into a baking-mix-believer. Bravo!
Of course I had to ice the cupcakes! Next? My review of PC The Decadent Chocolate Chip Cookie Spread.