Product Review: Pamela’s Products Gluten Free Spice Cake Mix

Pamela's Products Gluten Free Spice Cake Mix

Pamela’s Products Gluten Free Spice Cake Mix

Product: Pamela’s Products Gluten Free Spice Cake Mix – $5.99+

Back when I first went gluten-free, the receptionist at my office was on this diet kick.  And she brought in these muffins that were made with only two ingredients: spice cake and a can of pumpkin.  That’s it.  I didn’t get to try them, despite her asking me to at least take a bite…because I didn’t want to feel ill the rest of the day, or perhaps the week.  Everyone else who tried them though loved them.

That was over three years ago.  And despite there being at least one gluten-free spice cake mix out on the market (made by Namaste Foods)…I hadn’t really gotten around to purchasing the mix and then giving a gluten-free version of those muffins a try.

And then…this past fall as I was strolling down the back aisle of my Whole Foods Market…I saw a display of gluten free fall baking items, all by Pamela’s Products.  They were the new Gluten Free Pumpkin Bread Mix and the new Gluten Free Spice Cake Mix.  I had just recently gotten a gluten-free pumpkin bread mix from a different company, but the spice cake mix…that made me happy.  I turned to my roommate and asked if we could break the budget for this…because I had two ingredient muffins I wanted to make with it.  She agreed.  YAY!  Home came the cake mix.

However, with the busy, hectic holidays…my time for baking things for me (I baked a lot of gluten-free goodies for family/friends/special businesses) and the muffins got pushed to the back burner.  As a lot of my great ideas at the time…when I am purchasing something often do.  Sadness.  But sadness no more…because I needed some easy breakfast food this week…mostly because I’m attempting to get back into a workout routine, despite my injury, and have some early morning sessions at the gym planned out.  The easier something is to make afterwards, the better!

So, today, I got out a can of pumpkin (I keep cans of pumpkin on hand like they are going out of style!) from my pantry and snagged the bag of Pamela’s Products Gluten Free Spice Cake Mix from the baking shelf.  It was time to make those muffins as planned.

So, into a bowl went the cake mix and the can of pumpkin.  I beat it all together with an electric mixer and then folded in 1/2 cup of semi-sweet chocolate chips.  So…I made mine with three ingredients.  I wasn’t sure how a gluten-free cake mix would take to this recipe (a lot of times you should follow instructions on the package exactly or face epic, massive, culinary fail!), and who doesn’t like a touch of sweet chocolate with their breakfast, right?  RIGHT!  I filled 18 muffin cups with the mix and popped it into a 350°F oven, allowing them to bake for around 24 minutes.  I removed them and let them cool before placing them in a container to keep for the upcoming week.

BUT…I can’t bake something and not try it, right?  If it was an epic fail…well…I didn’t want to find out tomorrow morning when there was nothing to do about it.

My worry was for naught.  I should have known.  Pamela’s Products has always been delicious, no matter if I’m using her flour blends, or product mixes, or feasting on cookies, figgies, or granola bars.  I have never met a Pamela’s Products product that I didn’t fall in love with or enjoy.  And that continues to hold true.

The Pamela’s Products Gluten Free Spice Cake Mix has this delicious fall spice flavor to it.  A hint of cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, cloves, ginger and cardamom bring out that amazing taste of one of my favorite seasons!  Nothing like a taste of fall at the height of spring, right?  Maybe I was trying to forget that we were in the high 70s already this morning when I set out to make these.  The pumpkin added this great flavor and moistness as well.  And who doesn’t love a little touch of chocolate when all is said and done, right?  Because the addition of the chocolate chips made these a sweet enough treat, without all the guilt.  The muffins didn’t puff up, but that’s gluten-free mixes for you.  They did bake up gorgeously though…with a golden brown top and a moist, cake-y middle.  Loved it at the first bite and will truly enjoy devouring a couple of these each morning this week.  Super easy to make…and super delicious in the finished product.

So, let’s discuss the ingredients that go into Pamela’s Products Gluten Free Spice Cake Mix, shall we?  This mix is made from evaporated cane sugar, tapioca starch, white rice flour, potato starch, brown cane sugar, inulin, grainless & aluminum-free baking powder, rice bran, sea salt, cinnamon, gluten-free flavor, nutmeg, allspice, xanthan gum, cloves, ginger, cardamom, and black pepper.  This mix is certified gluten-free, non-dairy, and kosher.

Let’s discuss the nutrition information of Pamela’s Products Gluten Free Spice Cake Mix, shall we?  This mix makes 12 servings (I made 18 muffins though!), so it’s 1/12th of the dry mix or 1/12th of the finished cake that you bake.  In this serving, you will be consuming 150 calories and less than 1 gram of fat.  This mix will provide you with 340 mg sodium, 36 grams carbohydrates, 15 grams of sugar, 2 grams of fiber and 1 gram of protein.  Not bad for a cake mix, right?  Normally, this mix is prepared using eggs, butter and milk, so your nutrition facts will change when it’s mixed with baking ingredients.

For those interested, the nutrition information for the Gluten Free Pumpkin Spice Muffins that I made with this mix is that 1 muffin will give you 141 calories, 2 grams of fat, 228 mg sodium, 30 grams carbohydrates, 14 grams sugar, 2 grams of fiber and 1 gram of protein.  Only three ingredients.  Easy to bake.  And…YUMMY!

I hope that the fall isn’t the only time I can find the Pamela’s Products Gluten Free Spice Cake Mix.  I haven’t looked recently at my natural foods stores…but if they have another package of it, I’ll be more than happy to pick it up and bake up another batch of these muffins.  Or, maybe next time, I’ll bake up the actual cake itself.  As always, Pamela’s Products impresses me beyond all expectations.  And this is why this is a big-name gluten-free brand I trust.

Gluten Free 3-Ingredient Pumpkin Spice Chocolate Chip Muffins (made with Pamela's Products Gluten Free Spice Cake Mix)

Gluten Free 3-Ingredient Pumpkin Spice Chocolate Chip Muffins (made with Pamela’s Products Gluten Free Spice Cake Mix)

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