Product: Rabbit Creek Products Gluten Free Red Velvet Cake Mix – $8.75
So, this was it…my last Cuisine Cube…and this…this product was the last one that I had from the May (Is For Mom) 2015 Cuisine Cube that I received. I had to cancel my subscription due to budget constraints…and that wasn’t an easy decision. I loved…LOVED…this company and I loved discovering new products through them.
Yeah…that’s what Cuisine Cube is all about. And one day, I sincerely hope to be able to go back to them and subscribe again. That being said, before I get to the product that I lasted until now, let me tell you a little more about Cuisine Cube.
Cuisine Cube is a subscription service that delivers 5-6 gluten-free, full-size products to your door for as little as $34.99/month. Inside the cube, you will discover full-size products (not sample sizes) that are made by local and smaller, artisan companies, rather than those that you can find at the average grocery store. It has introduced me to so many new and delightful products. Each box contains a breakfast, lunch, dinner, snack, and dessert product…and then, sometimes, an extra bonus item. Who doesn’t love a little something extra, right? Keep in mind, however, that Cuisine Cube has gone through some changes as of May. No longer do they strictly only offer gluten-free cubes. In addition to their gluten-free option, they now also offer Artisan and Vegan cubes as well. The Artisan cube means that you have no food allergies and foods that contain common food allergens will be included. The Vegan cubes contain products that are dairy and animal free. And, they still have the Gluten Free cubes, which will have products that contain no gluten or wheat. So, if you’re really interested in being introduced to the smaller, lesser-known, artisan companies, give Cuisine Cube a try! It’s like…Christmas…or your birthday…every month! Who doesn’t love that?!
The last product from my May Is For Mom 2015 Cuisine Cube box was none other than the dessert product – Rabbit Creek Products Gluten Free Red Velvet Cake. Why the long wait to use this? Well, believe it or not, with as much of a sweet tooth I am…I am not really big on cake. Secondly…I’m not a big fan of red velvet either. Hence…the reason it sat so long on my shelf. But, as I’m working on clearing out items from my pantry and fridge, prepping for a new year and new goals…this product was up. And instead of baking a cake (again…not a fan of cake or red velvet), I decided to bake cookies.
Before I talk about the product any further, let me tell you a little about Rabbit Creek Products. Rabbit Creek Products gets its name from a creek that runs through a small eastern Kansas town. The founder, Donna Cook, a self-described “country girl” grew up in the heart of Kansas, offering a diverse array of food from traditional country with influences from Germany, Sweden, and other reaches of the world. She founded Rabbit Creek Products determined to capture the taste of old fashioned cooking with a designer style and share it with people everywhere. Her innovative mixes make Rabbit Creek a leader in the gourmet industry. Cook was named business woman of the year in Kansas in 1995. Holding that title to its highest standard, Cook insists that Rabbit Creek does the same with their products. Rabbit Creek has over 350 different mixes, including dips, soups, quick breads, beer breads, brownies, desserts, and scones mixes, among others. And…now gluten free products have made their appearance on their product list.
Thanks to Cuisine Cube, I had the opportunity to try out the Rabbit Creek Products Gluten Free Red Velvet Cake Mix. As stated before…I am not a fan of cake nor of red velvet, so this was a tricky one. But, instead of baking up a cake…I decided to attempt to make cake mix cookies out of this mix. The recipe will follow below…and, I wasn’t exactly sure this was going to work…but I figured…I love cookies…why not give it a go?
By mixing the Rabbit Creek Products Gluten Free Red Velvet Cake Mix with baking powder, eggs, vegetable oil, vanilla and folding in Greek Yogurt baking chips…I actually managed to create a decent enough, fluffy, light dough that had a cake-y and a cookie-ish like texture to it. I scooped it into little balls and placed the dough on a cookie sheet, forming 12 perfectly round cookies. Then, I put them into a preheated oven and let them bake for about 12 minutes. Out came amazing looking cookies. I let them cool for a few minutes, then…it was time to test them out.
I will say this…Rabbit Creek Products really is elevating the world of mixes. Honestly. I was amazed with how well the Gluten Free Red Velvet Cake Mix worked in this recipe. I had my doubts, but what emerged were light, chewy, soft red velvet cookies that had great flavor and weren’t overly sweet. One problem I usually have with red velvet is how sweet it tastes. While these did taste like a treat, they weren’t overly sugary and helped me feel really good about choosing to make them into cookies rather than baking a cake. The texture was soft, light, and amazing. Chewy and delicious. I brought these to work, and got so many compliments on how good these were! Definitely impressed.
So, let’s talk about the ingredients that go into the Rabbit Creek Products Gluten Free Red Velvet Cake Mix. This mix is made from gluten free flour (rice flour, brown rice flour, modified potato starch, modified tapioca starch, modified corn starch, xanthan gum), sugar, cocoa, baking powder (sodium acid pyrophosphate, sodium bicarbonate, corn starch, monocalcium phosphate, red dye #40 and natural and artificial flavor. This product is made in a dedicated kitchen.
Now let’s talk nutrition! The Rabbit Creek Products Gluten Free Red Velvet Cake Mix contains 16 servings. One serving of the package (about 17 grams) will dish up 60 calories, 0 grams fat, 0 grams saturated fat, 0 grans trans fat, 0 mg cholesterol, 50 mg sodium, 13 grams carbohydrats, less than 1 gram fiber, 6 grams of sugar, and 1 gram of protein.
And here’s how I made the cookies…with a recipe loosely based off of the Strawberry Chocolate Chip Cookies made by Sally’s Baking Addiction. I just made changes where I needed for weight of the mix and measure of ingredients. But it worked like a charm!
Recipe: Gluten Free Red Velvet Cake Mix Cookies
Time: Prep 5 minutes; Bake 12 minutes
- 1 package (9.6 oz) Rabbit Creek Products Gluten Free Red Velvet Cake Mix
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 2 large eggs
- 2 tablespoons + 2 teaspoons vegetable/canola oil
- 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup Greek Yogurt Baking Chips (or White Chocolate Chips would work!)
Preheat oven to 350°F.
Line large baking sheet with parchment paper or silicone baking mat. Set aside.
In a large bowl, mix together the cake mix and baking powder. Set aside.
In a smaller bowl, whisk together the eggs, oil, and vanilla by hand. Add the egg mixture to the cake mixture and stir to form a dough- stir vigorously until all of the pockets of dry cake mix are gone. Gently mix in the the baking chips chips.
Drop rounded balls of dough, about 2 tablespoons each, onto prepared baking sheet. Stick a few more chocolate chips on top of the cookie dough balls if you want them for looks, if desired. Make sure the balls of dough are taller than they are wide.
Bake for 10-12 minutes not allowing the cookies get brown. Cool on baking sheet for 3 minutes; they will be very soft at first. As they cool, the tops may settle down; press them down gently with your fingers if they are not sinking much. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. Store in an airtight container for up to one week.
Seriously…this cake mix made amazing chewy, deliciously flavorful, yummy red velvet cookies. And this from someone who is not a fan of red velvet or cake. HA! I do love cookies though. And the addition of the baking chips definitely was a nice touch.
So, thank you, Cuisine Cube, for the introduction to the products that Rabbit Creek puts out. And if any of you want to give their products I try, I urge you to visit their Web page and place an order.