This is a very balanced review. We hosted a pot luck for a few friends last night. All of them are gluten-eating friends, ranging in age from teen-adults. After enjoying the most amazing spinach salad (I will get the recipe and post it here soon!) and shrimp risotto, we served a variety of GF desserts to sample. I let everyone know I needed their reviews for this blog.
Before I go into the review, I took a few photos of the cake making process. The cake in which I speak of is the King Arthur Flour Gluten-Free Yellow Cake Mix. I followed the directions on the box exactly.
I have to say, it turned out perfectly. The cake came out of the pan onto the cooling rack without it breaking. While it cooled I made a peanut butter cream cheese icing.
1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
1 teaspoon vanilla
3 -3 1/2 cups powdered sugar
2 tablespoons milk
Mix the cream cheese and PB first. Add vanilla and a cup of powdered sugar at a time. I added a little milk with each cup of sugar.
Once the cakes were cooled, I frosted. I did two round cakes with a layer of icing in-between and then over the top of all of it. It did not look super pretty, but good for me.
I gave everyone at the party a slice to try. I had them judge it as cake and not necessarily gluten free cake. It got rave reviews across the board. (Note that not everyone loved the peanut butter frosting I chose, so this review is on the cake itself)
I loved it. The texture of the cake had almost an angel food cake quality. It was very light, moist and flavorful. Hands down, one of the best cakes I have tried. Gluten free or not. I was actually surprised how good it was. It had a very high quality taste to it.
Our guest had about the same response. Our special guest teen reviewer had two slices and compared the cake to his birthday cake. (that he loved) I asked if he could tell if it was GF and he said no way. He gave it a 5 out of 5. To me, that is the best review. This is someone who never eats gluten free and he ate 2 slices without hesitation.
All the adults gave the cake ratings of between 4-5.
This is the second recipe I have make using King Arthur Flour. Both have been fantastic. I might start using KA as the gold standard in pre made mixes. They have been consistent in the best possible way.
I would buy this again for sure, if I am in the mood for cake.
Source: This mix was purchased by me at Meijer for $6.99