Betty Crocker Chocolate Fudge Cupcake Mix – Review and Competition

Last week was National Cupcake Week and to celebrate this, Betty Crocker has launched a new Chocolate Fudge Cupcake mix. When I was offered the opportunity to try a pack out I jumped at the chance – who in all honesty could turn down chocolate cake?

Now we love baking in our house. We bake frequently. We make cakes, desserts, biscuits and usually a lot of mess. The mess tends to cover the table, the floor, our clothes and our faces from the not-so-sneaky pinches of mixture. I thought that perhaps with one of these mixes we might manage to stay clean and until we started to spoon the runny mixture into the paper cases I have to admit our baking session was the most civilised yet. But the mixture is runny and two toddlers trying to get it from the bowl into the cake cases was a recipe for mess, so don’t expect these kits to make baking with your child cleaner. But the mess is part of the fun of baking with children. I mean if you are baking on your own no-one puts a blob of chocolate icing on your nose and a few sprinkles on top of that!

In fact I think some of the fun of baking with children is lost when you use these kits. Measuring out the flour with a cloud of dust and scooping half of it back into the bag because the children got carried away, is part of the fun. And the all important step of flour sieving is missed out with this kit because its already been done for you. My Little Garden Helpers had their sieves ready when I said we would be baking and were disappointed when I said we didn’t need them.

However, having said this, I do think there is a place for these kits in my kitchen cupboard. Because we like baking so much I am often quick to offer cakes for playgroup cake sales or to take with me as a thank you gesture at parties, only to discover later that the event falls on the day after another full day out leaving me with no time to bake. I have, on occasion, found myself in the kitchen at midnight, after our Sunday evening guests have departed, throwing together a last minute cake for playgroup. One of these kits would be fantastic for these occasions. The chocolate fudge cupcakes were completed within half an hour with the children, so had I been doing it alone I could have had ten perfect cupcakes in no time.

And you will get compliments on how good they are. They are extremely light and fluffy – something which often fails to happen when children help to mix – but my Little Garden Helpers did it all themselves with the Betty Crocker mix and they were just perfect. Garden Girl said they were her most very favourite cakes ever and Garden Boy ate the whole cake and asked for another (he often just eats the icing and leaves the cake). For me, I would have liked the chocolate flavour to be stronger but they were lovely and although we made ten this morning, there are none left now and we haven’t had visitors, so that goes to show just how yummy they are.

The Betty Crocker Chocolate Fudge Cupcake Mix is on sale in supermarkets now, but cakes are made to be shared so it would be rude of me not to offer you a cake mix of your own. Six lucky readers can try them out for themselves simply by entering our competition to win a kit. All you need to do is leave a comment below telling us, 1) that you are entering the Betty Crocker competition and 2)what your favourite kind of cake is, and you will be entered into our draw.

Competition Terms and Conditions

  1. The competition is open to UK residents only
  2. Only one entry per person
  3. You must leave us with an e-mail address so we can contact you, or you will not be entered into the draw
  4. The winner will be selected at random from all valid entries received by 11.59pm on Friday 1st Oct 2010
  5. The judges decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into
  6. Winners will be notified during the following week using the email address used to comment and will be told how to claim theirĀ  prize

Good Luck! And while you wait for the competition results take a look at the Betty Crocker website. There are some fab ideas for family fun and a great game where you can design your own cupcake.