The holiday season is in full swing and the holidays mean shopping, decorating and of course, baking. Add in my usual schedule of working, PTO and Cub Scouts, and things get pushed aside. The baking is usually the first to go in our house so when Family Review Network and Duncan Hines offered the chance to try out some of their new cake mixes and dessert toppings, I knew this was the opportunity for us.
Duncan Hines launched their new Decadent Cake Line with two new incredibly indulgent offerings – Duncan Hines Decadent Triple Chocolate Cake with real chocolate chunks and rich fudge and Duncan Hines Decadent Apple Caramel cake with real apples and rich caramel. They simultaneously launched Decadent Glazes, available in chocolate and vanilla.
Decadent is definitely a good word to describe these desserts and glazes. And while that also may bring forth visions of pots and pans everywhere and a disaster of a kitchen, the opposite is true. The cakes couldn’t be easier to make. Each comes with 2 pouches; one containing the cake mix and one containing a topping. The cake mix is mixed with eggs, water and oil, and the topping just water, and then baked. So even I can do it, and I’m generally baking challenged.
I made the Apple Caramel cake for Thanksgiving dessert, and topped it with the vanilla glaze. The glaze was unbelievably smooth and creamy, you’d never know it’s from a bottle. The cake was moist and delicious. All of us scarfed down our slice and went back for seconds.
I decided to make cupcakes with the Triple Chocolate Cake to bring to a Cub Scout event. Like the Apple Caramel, the cake was very easy to make. The cake mix is combined with eggs, water and oil and then poured into the cupcake liners, and then the topping, which contains chocolate chips, is spooned on top, not mixed in. After baking the topping soaks into the middle of the cupcake, forming a sort of lava filling. I found that the cupcakes that had a smaller amount of topping added absorbed the filling better, those that had more of a heaping teaspoon ended up with an indent in the top.
I topped the cupcakes with both the chocolate and vanilla glaze and biting into a cupcake, with the chocolate filling and creamy glaze, was like biting into a little bit of heaven. To be honest chocolate isn’t usually my first choice for desserts, I’ll usually take a slice of apple pie or cheesecake over chocolate cake. But the Triple Chocolate Cake has risen to the top of my list of favorite desserts.
This post was written for Family Review Network & Duncan Hines who provided the complimentary product for review in exchange for my honest opinions.