Thursday, March 6, 2008

Betty Crocker Devil's Food cake

Comfort food is comfort food, and sometimes nothing else will do. So spoke my daughter when I asked her what kind of cake she wanted for her birthday:
"Chocolate cake from a mix."
"A German mix?"
"No, an American cake mix. With canned chocolate frosting."
"Are you sure? Freshly made cake with fresh frosting, made from good German chocolate, is something wonderful."
"No. It's just not as light or as moist as the ones we had back in America."
"Well, I don't agree, but it's your birthday, so ok."
Off to the expatriate mail-order websites. Now, in the US, you can buy a big brand cake mix and a can of frosting for less than $4 total. I paid (don't tell Dear Hubby) almost 9 Euro for the two. Yes, that's a $14 cake before I even stirred in the first egg. But birthdays should be a day when you get at least a few of the things you wish for.
The cake came out fine. I remember the best trick from the days when I studied cake decorating. Our instructor said to always pull the cake out of the oven 5 minutes before the earliest time on the box. That keeps it moist, yet it is just finished baking.
Reviewed: Betty Crocker Devil's Food cake
Personality: Classic Devil's Food birthday cake - highly trustworthy
How to enjoy: Best served to someone who can really appreciate all of the "packaged-mix" flavor
1: Better than sex
2: Little bites of heaven
3: Share with your best friend and make it for your daughter
4: Will do in a pinch
5: Halloween candy

Where to buy:
USA: Any grocery store, for a heckuva lot cheaper than I paid

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