Wholesome Chow Baking Mixex
When I first stumbled upon the Gluten Free Vegan Bakerista blog, I was intrigued. It was filled with delicious looking recipes with a common theme: all of the delicious desserts (and several savory treats, too!) were made with some sort of Wholesome Chow cake or frosting mix involved! I was really intrigued. What were these miracle mixes that were helping make all of these wonderful treats? I had to know! I wanted to try some of these recipes!
Luckily, linked to the blog is the Wholesome Chow main page. In fact, the blog is written by Veronica, co-owner (with her husband and adorable baby) of Wholesome Chow. All of their baking mixes and frosting mixes are 100% vegan and gluten-free...which is pretty much perfection in my book.
I got in touch with Veronica and asked her about her wonder-mixes. She was sweet, helpful, and even let me try my choice of cake & frosting!
The mixes they offer include an all-purpose baking mix, vanilla cake mix, chocolate cake mix, lavender cake mix, chai spice cake mix, chocolate lavender cake mix, and a vanilla frosting mix.
All of them sounded wonderful, but the chai spice sounded heavenly.
When we got back from our trip to Maine, we had a small cardboard box waiting for us. We tore it open, immediately ripping open the sealed plastic bag inside the small brown bags with the cute labels.
We stuffed our noses inside the bags, inhaling the chai spice and vanilla scents. We were drooling. The chai scent was incredible, rich with cardamom and cinnamon, just a hint of vanilla present. The vanilla frosting mix, made of just organic powdered sugar and organic vanilla powder, reminded me of Christmas- it smelled just like sugar cookies!
I happen to own, in my opinion at least, the very cutest bundt pan. I bought it at a local Goodwill for seventy five cents. It was the very first baking pan I bought when Alex and I moved in together. Its two-toned yellow and totally '70s and I totally love it.
Bundt cakes are adorable anyway. The way the bundt forms the cake makes decorating basically unnecessary. And, I always get the most evenly cooked cakes in my bundt pan.
Its a keeper.
The Wholesome Chow mixes were super easy to whip up. The cake mix only required oil, vinegar, and a little non-dairy milk, plus the help of a whisk.
It took about 5 minutes from start to finish. I loved it.
The whole time I was totally enveloped in how wonderful it smelled! It had probably 2 or 3 whole spoonfuls of raw batter before pouring into my beloved bundt pan. I had to. It was sooo good!
After about 25 minutes in the oven, the house was filled with chai spice aroma.
We pulled the cake out, let it cool, and started on the frosting.
The frosting mix can be made into a thick vanilla frosting or a creamy vanilla glaze. There are also cream cheese and chocolate variations if you're feeling adventurous. We weren't.
We thought the glaze would be better on the bundt cake than a thick frosting, so we added 3 tablespoons of homemade hemp milk to the mix...and voila! Creamy, decadent vanilla glaze that only took about 2 minutes to prepare.
Since I don't normally eat tons of sugar, the frosting definitely seemed very rich, but it is frosting, and that's kind of the point.
The glaze poured beautifully onto the cooled cake. The glaze was just thick enough that it stuck nicely where I poured it on instead of all dripping off. Now, it was time to taste it all together, the finished product. Alex and I cut generous slices for ourselves. The cake was the perfect texture, not over or undercooked in the least. It was flecked with real spices and covered in vanilla. The first bite was awesome: a seriously good mix of chai and vanilla...like a warm chai latte in cake form.
I scarfed the down my first piece so quickly, I had to go back for a second piece.
I didn't really mind.
It was by far the best from-a-box cake I've ever eaten. And the best park? It not JUNK.
I love that Wholesome Chow is certified organic by the USDA and the CCOF. They're also certified vegan, gluten-free, non-GMO and kosher. Still not sold? On top of that, all of their prodicts are made in a facility that is 100% dedicated to being gluten, wheat, peanut, nut, dairy, and egg free.
Basically, they're certifiably some of the best dessert mixes on the market. I'm happy to say that Wholesome Chow will definitely become a go-to for quick desserts in my house.
Now I just need to get my hands on that lavender cake mix...
For more info on Wholesome Chow, order their products, and to try some of the awesome recipes, visit WholesomeChow.com.
To find a store that sells Wholesome Chow near you, you can check the store finder here.And check out their Facebook and Twitter, @wholesomechow, while you're at it.
And do that. Because until you get this cake in your mouth, you are seriously missing out. Its perfect when your short on time, ingredients, or just want someone else to do most of the work for once.
Have any of you tried Wholesome Chow products before? I'm seriously looking forward to ordering the lavender cake mix and the all-purpose baking mix to use for pancakes and for these cinnamon sugar scones.
Thanks again to Veronica, Jeffrey, and Wholesome Chow for letting us try your awesome products, we enjoyed every last bite!