If you read yesterday’s post, you now know that I used both these products. I bought both at the American store here in Lisbon and it was the first time that I tried them.
The Betty Crocker Blueberry Muffin Mix, with imitation blueberries, artificially flavoured only needs 1/2 cup water added. It’s really simple to make and the smell of the batter is amazing. Yes, it’s artificial, but the nutritional side of them is not as bad as you would think. Artificial things aside, it’s really close to what you would get baking them from scratch at home.
The recipe yields 6 big muffins, each 120 calories (25 from fat), but I only have medium muffin tins, so I baked 9. They’re really tasty!
The Duncan Hines Red Velvet Deliciously Moist Cake Mix actually surprised me. I love Red Velvet Cake and I’ve been baking it for a few years now. The idea of making one from a cake mix was something that really didn’t seem…possible. At least, a good one (I’m very picky in what comes to desserts that I know how to make). But it really is.
Again, you have to keep in mind that it’s a mix. It won’t be the most healthy thing you’ll ever eat, but it’s good for when you don’t have a lot of time on your hands.
This mix needs 3 large eggs, 1 1/4 cups of water and a 1/3 cup of vegetable oil. The box also has alternatives to the original recipe, with suggestions for a lower fat recipe and a high altitude recipe. The original recipe yields 12 servings – huge slices for what we’re used to eat – each at 250 calories. Yes, it’s a lot. But this is not a cake that you’ll eat every day. Get over it.
I covered and filled the cake with a Cream Cheese frosting and it was a really good birthday cake. Also, this is one of those cakes that enhance the flavor after staying in the fridge for a day. So, keep that in mind when you think about making a Red Velvet Cake.
Regarding both products: they’re good, but I continue to think that these mixes have to be your last resource. They’re good but use them only if you don’t have the time to do the recipe from scratch. Home baked is ALWAYS better. ALWAYS. =)