Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Review: Betty Crocker Shake-N-Pour

A few weeks ago, while strolling up & down the grocery stores aisles, I came across a display for Betty Crocker's Shake-N-Pour cupcake mix.  The bottle, which boasts that you only need to add water, intrigued me.  Now, cake mixes, as a whole are not really a huge time commitment, but I like the idea of not having to dirty any mixing bowls, or the messiness of measuring oil & cracking eggs.  Yes, I know this makes me sound lazy.  But normally, with baking anyway, I'm not.  I love this idea though for a quick desserts, easy baked goods to bring for weekday parties or for when you want to bake cupcakes quickly to get on a more time-consuming decoration job.  I also think the idea seems great for kiddos.  It's fun to help shake the mix up & easier to pour them into baking cups.

So I grabbed a bottle of Confetti flavored Shake-N-Pour & forgot about it for a few weeks.  Then, one evening, I saw it in my pantry when I was roaming around for an after-dinner sweet treat.  Perfect time to try this quick baking mix right? Right!

After opening the container up & pouring in 1 cup of water, I replaced the lid & shook the sucker up.  Now, I thought I had shaken it well, my arms certainly felt like it, but when I was pouring the mix into baking cups, I did have one that came out powdery.

The cupcakes baked 13-18 minutes at 375.  I let them cool for a bit on a rack, then moved on to the moment of truth.  Taste.  I didn't add any frosting, as I didn't want alot of sugar, but the taste of the cake was still sweet enough to satisfy.  The texture was nice & light, with a little fluff.  My only complaint is that it lacked richness.

I also ended up only getting 9 cupcakes, though the instructions say you can get 12.  Not a big deal for me, as we were just eating them as an evening dessert, and there are only 2 of us, but good to know if you're making them for something specific. Note: I ended up tossing the powdery cupcake before baking.  I could have maybe stirred it up & 'mixed' it, but I didn't want to mess with it.

Overall, I think these are a good, solid option for cupcakes in 20 minutes.  And if you were added a homemade or even 'dolled up' canned frosting, I think you'd be pleased.

*Note: This review was not paid for or sponsored by Betty Crocker, nor is it endorsed by them.


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