I love to bake. I find it relaxing and in stressful times, focusing on following a complicated recipe, is a zen like experience that takes me out of myself. It is a total escape for me. I have been baking for over 45 years and have some tried and true recipes that I have been making since I was a child and some new ones that have become favourites. With the internet, there are always new recipes to try and I subscribe to a number of food blogs.
One of my biggest pet peeves is when a recipe calls for a cake mix! Why would a ‘recipe’ for cake call for a cake mix? If you are baking, obviously you have baking ingredients on hand. I have never used a cake mix. NEVER. Why would I? They are basically pre-portioned and packaged baking ingredients: flour, sugar, salt, baking powder, along with some unpronounceable and unintelligible chemical preservatives to make the mix shelf stable for all eternity. And then you still have to ADD eggs and oil anyway. For any of you food or baking bloggers out there, sorry, but I stop subscribing to your blogs when you post a recipe for cake that starts with a cake mix.
This Devil’s Food Cake is the best chocolate cake ever! It has become my ‘go to’ cake for birthdays and other celebrations, and it only takes about 10 minutes to mix up. I have made it in a tube pan, as a layer cake, as cupcakes and as shown above, a heart shape for Valentine’s Day. Why, oh why, would you ever use a cake mix?
Now frosting used to be an entirely different matter. Despite the chemicals, I happily used Betty Crocker Creamy Deluxe Chocolate Frosting. No chocolate frosting I ever made came close to its creamy chocolaty goodness until my favourite food blogger, Liz Feltham, gave me her recipe.
What about you? Are you annoyed if a recipe asks you to use a cake mix? Or do I need to get a life?