No I have not lost the plot (well perhaps I have… it’s definitely debatable!), but I did make a packet cake mix! I never make packet cake mixes. Not because I am a packet cake mix snob… no way! I’m all for shortcuts and making life easier. It’s just that I absolutely love baking cakes from scratch. I love measuring out the ingredients, sifting the flour and stirring it all together. So, that’s the only reason that I don’t use cake mixes. I’m a sucker for doing it myself!
However, that all changed when on Facebook I saw that Betty Crocker was running a competition where all you had to do was make their chocolate fudge cake, take a photo, put it on Instagram and they would choose one of the photos to be the image on their new cake box. Now I am pretty sure I have a minus fifty per cent chance of winning, but that’s not why I wanted to do it. I thought it was a brilliant marketing strategy and I love Instagram, so why not have a little fun!
And so off I went, bought the box and made the cake. It literally took about five minutes from opening the box to putting the cake in the oven… insanely quick! The cake smelt beautiful and looked pretty perfect too (I don’t think you can go wrong with a cake mix!). The frosting was really yummy… very fudgy!
I took a few different photos, but I’m really not the greatest photo-taker ever, so they turned out a little blah. Anyway, Dave ‘offered’ to eat a piece to see what it was like. I was secretly doing little hops, skips and jumps when he said that it was ok but didn’t have as much flavour as my normal homemade chocolate cake! Woo hoo, after all these years he’s finally decided that my homemade chocolate cake is pretty good! And it really didn’t matter that the cake was just a-ok, because about five minutes later that very same cake got crumbled and crushed into teeny, tiny pieces, mixed with some delicious flavoured frosting, rolled into balls, dipped into chocolate and decorated into the most delicious little cake pops!
So thank you Betty Crocker… not only did you give me lots of Instagram fun, but you also helped me make a yummy batch of chocolate raspberry cake pops! Keep your eyes open on the blog for the full cake pop recipe in the next few days (it’s a goodie!).
If you want to enter the Betty Crocker competition, then just follow the link here.