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.” 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. I didn’t see any flavor mentioned on the box of cake mix, but the batter looked like this: 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: 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: 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: 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: Then frosted and layered. When cut open, it looked like this: 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.