I used a doctored Duncan Hines cake mix recipe for my son's birthday cake, and the flavor/moisture/density was just phenomenal! Now I would like to continue using DH every chance I get to make a cake.
HOWEVER, for my daughter's birthday cake, I wanted to make her a strawberry cake mostly because I wanted the cake to look pink inside when we cut it. I have looked in 3 different supermarkets, and none of them carry DH Strawberry cake mix. The only strawberry cake mix I've found is made by either Betty Crocker or Pilsbury.
My question is this. Are these brands comparable in quality, flavor etc when doctored? Has anyone had bad experiences with either of these brands? Am I looking FAR too much into this??
I prefer DH because alot of times I add a pudding mix. I have to say that I got a recipe from the Betty Crocker site last week and used it for cupcakes. It was a big hit. Sometimes in the Cake Doctor book it recommends one or the other (with/without pudding already in the mix). I'm sure whatever you make for your daughter will be great.
I use DH all the time but just used a Pilsbury Strawberry doctored mix for special cupcakes. I found no problem with it. Quality, texture, flavor where right there. I never use Betty Crocker, it's not amoung my favs.
I'm a Pilsbury girl all the way. They have a great strawberry cake!
I don't even like strawberries and I can eat Pillsbury Strawberry cake with nothing on it. It is DELICIOUS!
Ok, the recipe I'm using I will need to add a pudding mix to it. Does this mean I should go with Pilsbury strawberry cake mix instead of BC??
I have used BC from day one - some 30+ yrs
Yes, I have added pudding to it w/o problems however if you use my *original* WASC recipe you can use *any* flavor cake mix.
For a pink cake have you thought about adding KoolAid, gel/paste color &/or cherry juice instead of running all over looking for a strawberry mix? Seems easier to me
I made a strawberry cake recently that my family devoured. It is a variation on the wonderful WASC. If your batter isn't pink enough, just add some red or pink food coloring.
1 box mix (I use Betty)
1 cup sugar
1 cup flour
1 cup sour cream
1 tsp vanilla ext.
2 tbs. canola oil
1 1/2 cups mashed strawberries in juice
1 c. shredded coconut (optional)
1 c. milk (I used skim since it's what I had on hand)
Also, try adding some toasted, chopped pecans.
3 c. Whimisical Bakehouse House Buttercream + 8 oz. cream cheese, whip, add powdered sugar to thicken as desired, mix in strawberry icing fruit to taste (I like 2-3 tbs per cup).
This is a great recipe and you can find it in most home town recipe books.
1 box white cake mix ( I use DH )
3 T flour ( I use all-purpose )
1 small box strawberry gelatin ( I use sugar free )
1/2 C. frozen strawberries
3/4 C. water
3/4 C. oil
Mix all wet ingredients well. Stir in dry ingredients mix about 30 seconds scrape sides.
Mix on med speed for 2 min.
here are the duncan hines flavors, but many stores only carry limited flavors.