Looking for vegan baking mixes without a lot of ingredients? You should try the mixes from EatPastry. They offer three varieties: Chocolate Cake, Muffin, and Buttermilk Biscuit. I tested out the chocolate cake mix and this is my review.
I decided I wanted to make something for my family’s holiday baking day. I was going to buy some Betty Crocker cake mix as I found some listed as vegan on a website. Then, I read the ingredient list on several of their boxes. I don’t really like ingredients I can’t pronounce especially when they replace ingredients that are easy to come by. I’d rather make it from scratch. I passed on the Betty Crocker’s and bought the EatPastry Chocolate Cake Mix instead. It is gluten free, dairy free, and vegan. You can buy it through the EatPastry website, Amazon.com, Vitacost.com, or Whole Foods Market.
What’s In It?
The ingredients list is pretty basic:
Gluten Free Flour Blend (Brown Rice, Garbanzo)
Organic Brown Sugar
Organic Evaporated Cane Juice
Pretty straightforward, huh? Every item listed is something you might find in your own pantry if you weren’t lazy like me and wanted to make it from a recipe.
What Do You Need to Make the Vegan Chocolate Cake?
You only need two things to make this mix: alternative milk of your choice and vegetable or other cooking oil. The website recommends almond milk, but I used Silk Unsweetened Soy.
How Do You Make It?
Preheat your oven to 400F. Grease the baking dish.
1. Pour contents of the package into a medium size bowl.
2. Mix in 1/2 cup of alternative milk.
3. Mix in 1/8 cup of oil.
4. Stir until smooth.
5. You can add nuts or chocolate chips to the mix, too. I added 1/8 cup of vegan mini chocolate chips. Stir until mixed.
6. Pour into a 6″ cake pan, square brownie pan, or loaf pan.
7. Place in the oven and cook for 20-30 minutes.
I used a loaf pan as it was the only baking dish I had that was small enough. I baked it for 20 minutes, then checked it to see if it was done. It was perfect!
What Did I Think?
The upside: The cake was very moist just as the packaging said it would be. It was flaky like normal cake. It was very chocolatey which makes this chocaholic very happy. You could taste a little hint of the chocolate chips. I bet other chips (carob, mint) would complement this as well.
It freezes well. I put four pieces in a zipper bag to freeze. They thawed very well and maintained the quality of the fresh pieces.
The downside: This package makes a small cake or brownies. The packaging recommends a 6 inch pan. No one I know has one that small. While it doesn’t make a lot of brownies, it is certainly enough for 1-2 people to get their fill.
The small size is balanced by the price. One package cost $3.09 at Vitacost.com. A case of 12 at Amazon.com comes in at about the same price per unit. If you’ve shopped for vegan baking mixes, you’ve probably experienced sticker shock. One package of cake mix can cost anywhere from $5 to $10 depending on the type and the brand. $3.09 is pretty reasonable for a small cake especially if only one or two people are going to enjoy it.
I would recommend the EatPastry Vegan Chocolate Cake mix to any vegan chocolate lover. The mix creates a real cake. It has a solid, chocolate flavor without a fruity aftertaste. It’s dairy and gluten free, so everyone can have a slice! That is, if you’re willing to share.