I never posted about my daughter’s Frozen birthday cake. That is because it was a disaster! My daughter saw the Duff cake mixes at the store and want the pink camo and the zebra cake mixes for her cake. She likes things wild!
So I backed both cakes,separately, in a 10″ square pan. They were fully cooked 10 minutes before the suggested time, which is when I removed them from the oven. After they cooled I removed them from the pan and there was some minor crumbling. Nothing to worry about. I leveled them and started filling the bottom layer which was the zebra cake. The cake crumbled more with the pudding filling being spread over it. I stacked the camo cake on top and before I could start frosting the camo started crumbling! I lost one whole corner! I thought I might be able to save it with lots of frosting and using fondant (which I hadn’t plan to use originally) but it just became a mound of crumbs. I have never had that happen before. I then dumped the “cake” into a container to save since my husband loves cake crumbs and frosting.
I then went to my local grocery store and bought a sheet cake! Something I have never done my entire life. I picked one that was simply decorated and removed the flowers. I then decorated it with sugar shards I had made the day before, sprinkled the cake with sugar crystals and added Frozen figures. My daughter loved it so I guess it worked out in the end.
I will not be buying Duff cake mix again. It was very dry tasting and I cooked it for 10 minutes less time. With my oven I usually have to cook things longer than the suggested time!
Recently I have used Cake Boss cake mixes. I was not sure about them after the disaster of the Duff cake mixes but I had some coupons and bought two cake mixes and two frosting cans. The first one, the Chocolate Trifecta a, I made earlier this summer to make a trifle. The cake was really good tasting and wasn’t dry it all, but it baked very unevenly. I thought maybe I didn’t mix it well enough, it had never happened with any other cake mixes I have made.
Just today I decided to cook the other one I bought, Primo Yellow. It cooked the same, uneven. This time I used my new stand mixer and followed the instructions exactly. It still tastes good and it doesn’t fall apart, but I end up cutting off more cake to even it out.
I think I might just stick to Pillsbury and Betty Crocker, I have never had these problems with those cake mixes.