Issues With Duncan Hines Lately.

Baking By dianecroweus Updated 25 Jun 2020 , 9:26pm by jchuck

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dianecroweus Posted 19 Jun 2020 , 8:56am
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Hi all,

Esp dates 10-20 through 10-30 on the box.  Mix up very runny after following box directions, won't ride, and cracks when baking.  Would love to see if others are having the same issue.

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SandraSmiley Posted 19 Jun 2020 , 10:02pm
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I never use cake mixes straight from the box as directed, but I use them often in the WASC recipe and have had no issues.  In case you are not familiar the White Almond Sour Cream recipe is a doctored cake mix.

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kakeladi Posted 20 Jun 2020 , 1:52pm
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Ditto what she said ^^^   Here’s link to the recipe:  https://www.cakecentral.com/recipe/7445/the-original-wasc-cake-recipe

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kakeladi Posted 20 Jun 2020 , 1:56pm
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Sometimes you will never know what the problem is.  The company will not admit there is one:(   In the past I have called about problems and was told I was the only complaint received but talking to other decorators many had same/similar experience.   

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MamaGeese Posted 23 Jun 2020 , 12:09pm
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They  all changed their formulas back when box size decreased. I believe they added more leavening to get the same volume out of less mix. I also think they are probably using cheaper ingredients. If you smell the cake mix when you open it, it doesn't even smell like cake mix used to. I've called, emailed and written all of them with my disgust, all they do is send a coupon for the crappy mix! The ONLY cake mix I've found that's the same is Jiffy. It's the only one that I get a successful strawberry cake out of. Two boxes equal what the old cake mix used to be (18.25 oz)

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SandraSmiley Posted 23 Jun 2020 , 5:52pm
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I didn't even know Jiffy made cake mixes???  

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MamaGeese Posted 23 Jun 2020 , 8:05pm
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Yes, they come in only little 9 oz boxes. They only have white and yellow, but it's the only mix that still seems like the old mixes. I found if I use 2 boxes of white, and follow the Triple Decker Strawberry Cake, it turns out very well. It works well with the WASC recipe too. 

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mahtc2016 Posted 25 Jun 2020 , 2:03am
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I use  Duncan  Hines. The vanilla doesn't seen to rise like the chocolate and yellow does. When baking cakes  8"  I get a good dome on the yellow and chocolate and only a slight one for vanilla.  I fuss every Tuesday morning, you all probably  hear me,  when I'm doing vanilla cupcakes as they don't rise like the other flavors. I use 1 box for  each 8". I've never heard of Jiffy cake mix  so I'll have to check it out.

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MamaGeese Posted 25 Jun 2020 , 2:31am
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It may be hard to find, but you can get it on Amazon. It's not as good as the old mixes used to be, but it does perform pretty well  with some of the doctored up cake mix recipes. Wish they had more flavors. I remember the old days when I did so many cake using mixes as a base and they were wonderful. Now they're awful.

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doz Posted 25 Jun 2020 , 2:36am
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I’ve also had a few issues with runny batter although the last one I baked was fine. FYI, Jiffy cake mixes have been around since at least the 60’s

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jchuck Posted 25 Jun 2020 , 9:26pm
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I’d forgotten all about Jiffy mixes. My parents spent there winters in Texas. I’m Canadian. Mom would bring back boxes of  Jiffy cakes and cornbread for her daughter’s. Mom would buy on sale, and pile them up instead there trailer.  I loved the cornbread mix. I would doctor sometimes by adding some cream corn.  And the small cake mixes were perfect for a quick small cake. 

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