Saturday, October 24, 2009

ChocolateBet: October 24, 2009

Chocolate of the Day:
2 cupcakes
General Mills
Betty Crocker Gluten Free Cake Mix - Devil's Food
Very Good
Weight: ~ 4.6 oz. (130 grams) 2 cupcakes/15 oz. (425 g.) in total box of dry mix
Calories: 433 calories for 2 cupcakes
Cost: $3.79 for 1 box of mix
Purchased from: Safeway, in Palo Alto, CA

Cupcakes have enjoyed a surge in popularity in recent years. However, not being able to eat wheat/gluten reduced me to a mere observer, my nose figuratively pressed against the glass at most cupcake outlets. One kind friend took me to Kara's Cupcakes recently, and scraped off some of her frosting for me to try. So, I was happy to discover that Betty Crocker (that sweet, fictional 88-year old year old*), began offering gluten free cake mixes this year.

Eating warm chocolate cake right out of the oven is lovely. I did that last night during a "test run," when I used this Betty Crocker gluten free mix to bake Devil's Food cupcakes. I cooked some in a conventional oven and some in a microwave oven. (They were both good.) Today, I had two of the latter, unfrosted, for breakfast. And while I did suffer from a few moments of temporary, dessert-induced brain fuzz a bit later, it was worth it.

*Better Crocker was invented in 1921 by home economist Marjorie Child Husted at Washburn, Crosby Co. (producer of Gold Medal flour), shortly before a merger that resulted in a new company, General Mills.
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