It's that time of year again when I search high and low for cake and frosting. Our daughter turns 3 next month. Yes, I know I've had all year to figure this out (2 years actually), but for some reason I just haven't found a cake we like that is dairy-free. I recently tried a chocolate Cherrybrook Kitchen cake mix and vanilla frosting. My hope was to have a back-up cake mix and frosting in the pantry that was allergy-free for those just in case we need them. And maybe I can use it for a birthday cake.
Cherrybrook Kitchen Chocolate Cake Review
First the good stuff. This cake was very easy to make. Just add water and oil to the mix. Stir and pour in cake pan or muffin cups. I made cupcakes and they rose beautifully. I was impressed with the texture of the cupcakes and how well they baked. I also appreciate their dedication to make in allergy-free facility. It is free of peanuts, tree nuts, dairy and eggs. However it does contain soy and wheat. Cherrybrook Kitchen also has a gluten-free cake mix.
Now, the not-so-good stuff: The taste was medicore. It was bland and the chocolate chips didn't taste like chocolate. It was a little dry and I didn't get that can't wait to eat another bite feeling. Our daughter didn't seem to mind them, but for serving at a birthday party it won't cut it. Also, I paid more than $5 for the box and could only find it at one store in my area (I live near a big city, too).
While this cake mix would be good in a pinch, the taste and cost will probably limit me from buying it any time soon.
My Ratings (out of 5 stars)
Allergy Free - 5 stars
Ease of making - 5 stars
Quality of cupcake - 4 stars
Taste - 2 1/2 stars
Cost- 2 stars
Cherrybrook Kitchen Vanilla Frosting (in a jar)
This was the most disturbing allergy-free product I've ever bought. I was so excited to find a dairy-free frosting. But when I opened this product, it had a hard coating on the top of the frosting. The directions said to stir (a common direction for allergy-free products). Optimistically I stirred and all the hard coating clumped up in the frosting that now resembled a thick clumpy icing rather than a spreadable frosting. I tasted it and it was okay for flavor, but I don't even know how I could spread this on a cupcake or cake. It was a disappointment to say the least. I spent more than $3 for this item and will never use it.
Overall, I give this 1 star only because of the attempt to make it allergy-free.
(I did however find a homemade frosting that I will share with you in the next week that is fabulous. And I have two cake recipes to try that I've found on blogs. I'm not giving up hope yet!)
A little update
3 years ago