Of the tasty treats we are testing, chocolate cake was the hands down winner for going first!  My kids were understandably excited.  So was I!  The sugar and calorie content of Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free Chocolate Cake Mix is lower than the Devil’s Food cake mix from Duncan Hines and it is gluten and dairy free!  Nice.  I also discovered Bob’s mix was being carried at my local grocery (Yay, for me!) in the natural food section.

When we baked up the mix we followed the instructions exactly on the package for a dairy free version using rice milk as our milk and Earth Balance Buttery Spread for the margarine.  It is so simple my kids could be in charge.  It was very foolproof.

The most pleasant surprise is that this mix, unlike so many other gluten free cake mixes, is not just for a one layer cake.  I can’t stand to pay almost $5 for a mix and just get one layer!!  It is so frustrating and generally not very tasty.  This mix did not disappoint an any level.  We actually made mini-cupcakes as that is a perfect size for the lunch box and a good test on how quickly a gluten free bakery product will dry out.  We got 48 mini-cupcakes!  Amazing!

They were amazingly moist and smelled fantastic.  The texture was perfect.  No gritty texture or funny after taste.  Just what you would want from a rich chocolate cake.  The taste reminded me of a Devil’s Food chocolate cake.  Mmmm….  We have eaten the cupcakes mostly without frosting as they didn’t need anything to keep moist and were lovely just on their own (I did dress them up for their photo! ;o) )You could serve this to gluten free and non-gluten free people both.  It doesn’t taste like a gluten free cake or a even a plain gluten cake – it tastes like a great homemade cake.

I had to beat my family away from them in order to see how the cupcakes stood up to time.  Would they get dry and crumbly?  Nope, not a bit.  The next day they were even more moist (without frosting) and kept their great texture.  They have frozen beautifully and I got a ton of cake.  It is a great deal compared to so many mixes out there.  You could serve this to people who are not gluten free proudly.  So, get some and whip up a party!

If you can’t get this mix in your neck of the woods, you can order it at the Bob’s Red Mill website.  This is a keeper and one I will be sure to let others know about.  I don’t know if I personally should keep it right in my pantry, though.  I think it might tempt me too much!  (Okay, just a bite….Mmmmm.)

Nutritional Information for

Gluten Free Chocolate Cake Mix

Serving Size                                1/16 (30g)

Servings Per Container              16.00

Calories                                       110.00

Calories from Fat                        5.00

Total Fat                                       0.50g

Saturated Fat                               0.00g

Trans Fat                                      0.00g

Cholesterol                                  0.00mg

Sodium                                        85.00mg

Total Carbohydrate                    24.00g

Dietary Fiber                               2.00g

Sugars                                        12.00g

Protein                                        2.00g


evaporated cane juice sugar, unsweetened cocoa, garbanzo bean flour, potato starch, tapioca starch, whole grain white sorghum flour, fava bean flour, baking soda, xanthan gum, sea salt, cream of tartar.

3 Comments $manage-tooltip$

Sunday, March 4, 2007 – 07:45 PM
What about a receipe for the yummy looking frosting?

Monday, March 5, 2007 – 06:12 AM
Hey, Carla! It is the buttercream frosting from one of my earlier posts.

Monday, March 5, 2007 – 11:59 PM
Is this “our Carla” on a computer…looking at blogs?  Wow she’s come a long way!