Friday, January 9, 2015

1-2-3 Gluten Free - Chocolate Bundt Poundcake - Jan. 9, 2015

Chocolate of the Day:

1-2-3 Gluten Free, Inc.
Chocolate Bundt Poundcake Mix
Good ++ - Very Good
Weight: 1 finished piece (1/12 mix) / 38.08 oz. (2.38 lbs.) (1080 g.) in 1 box of dry cake mix
Calories: 340 calories (estimate) in 1 piece (1/12 of mix)
Cost: $5.99 for 1 box of mix
Purchased from: Grocery Outlet Bargain Market, Palo Alto, CA

Today was Day #3 of Chocolate Baked Goods Theme Week.

The original pound cake consisted of 1 pound of flour (3 1/2 - 4 cups), 1 pound of sugar, 1 pound of butter (4 sticks), and 1 pound of eggs (10 large ones). That makes for one sinfully rich and heavy cake.

For today's Chocolate Bundt Poundcake Mix from 1-2-3 Gluten Free, Inc. (Orange, OH), I "only" used five eggs and 1 1/2 cups (3 sticks) of butter.

The finished chocolate cake had some classic poundcake characteristics: rich buttery denseness and slightly coarser and heavier texture than yesterday's devil's food cake from the same company. (Both cakes were gluten, nut, corn and soy free; and both were very good.)

The cake was also as moist as any sponge or bundt cake that I remember from decades ago (when I still ate gluten). The piece I enjoyed held together well with no dryness or crumbliness that used to happen with gluten-free baked goods.

I topped one small loaf with dark chocolate chips (optional), and made one without the extra chocolate. I preferred the plain version. In the future I might make a version with molasses and raisins and cook/steam it in a can -- to make something akin to a chocolate version of Boston Brown Bread (something I loved as a child).

Thank you to 1-2-3 Gluten Free founder Kim Ullner -- who has gluten-free family members -- for her successful research and delicious mixes; dedication to gluten- and allergen-free facilities; and for creating "sugar-free" (add your own sweetener) versions of these cake mixes. 

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