Product Review: Duff Goldman Camouflage Premium Cake Mix

As my oldest son’s birthday approached, he announced that he wanted a “camo” theme for his kid party.  (We often have two birthday parties for our children: one “kid party” and one “family party”.)  I said, “Hey, I saw a camo cake mix at Walmart!   Those colors would be a bit difficult to mix, so I’ll try that.”  2013_1120November20130015  The first step on the box says to “Generously grease two 8-inch round pans and dust with flour or spray with non-stick cooking spray.”  I haven’t done that for years.  Since I discovered parchment paper, that’s what I use with any cake pan except a bundt cake pan.  2013_1120November20130016  I didn’t see any flavor mentioned on the box of cake mix, but the batter looked like this:  2013_1120November20130017  The reason I paid almost $3 for this box of cake mix was to make the color mixing easier.  According to the instructions on the box there are “two food color packets provided” and they are green and brown.  Really?  Because there was nothing but a packet of cake mix in the box I got, and no time for a trip back to the store when I started baking.  So I pulled out the remains of previous food coloring purchases to see what I could come up with:  2013_1120November20130018  The colors I was supposed to come up with were dark green, green, brown and tan.  I tried.  And here’s what I came up with:  2013_1120November20130019  For the upper lefthand bowl (dark green) I ended up using 40 drops of blue food coloring, 4 drops of yellow, and 2 drops of green.   For the upper righthand one (tan) I squirted in a drop about the size of the tip of a pencil eraser o red gel food coloring and added 4 drops of green.  The green in the lower lefthand corner was created using 10 drops of green and 2 drops of blue.  And for the brown I used about 5 times as much red gel food coloring as for the tan and added 15 drops of green.

Now, how to make this cake look like camouflage . . . I just started filling in the pans with spots of color and tried to keep it so I didn’t end up with too large a pool of one color:  2013_1120November20130021  It didn’t look exactly the way I imagined it should, but once the batter is in the pan, there’s no going back.  So I baked the cakes:  2013_1120November20130023  Then frosted and layered.  When cut open, it looked like this:  2013_1120November20130034  The cake was good, but I wouldn’t describe it as moist.  I wouldn’t say “dry” either.  Every single bit of it was eaten and enjoyed, but I have no intention of buying the mix again.

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2 responses to “Product Review: Duff Goldman Camouflage Premium Cake Mix”

  1. Cathy says :

    I also thought that there was no food coloring in my box either. But they were tiny packets in a plastic bag taped to the inside of the box. I had to really look in there.

  2. Lynnette'sTestKitchen says :

    I’m so glad you found yours, Cathy. I suppose maybe I missed mine, but I checked again and again and again, and all I saw was the inside of the box. I’m quite certain most of them have the promised food coloring in them, but the box I bought was lacking. If I had absolutely loved the cake mix, I would buy another, but for the price, I wasn’t that thrilled.

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