Love it, Like it, Hate it: Boxed Cake Mix!

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Whether you’re making an actual cake or one of the many super-cute and creative sweet treat recipes that start with “a box of vanilla cake mix,” using a regular cake mix makes it a challenge to cut the sugar or make recipes healthier in any way – so starting with a good-for-you boxed cake mix is a game changer! Here’s the full skinny from Molly on the boxed cake mixes on shelves, from best to worst!

Note: Servings vary from 10 to 14 servings for most cake mixes; 5 servings for Jiffy Cake Mix

 

LOVE IT!

Swerve Sweets Vanilla Cake Mix | vegan

  • Per serving: 90 calories – 16 grams carbs (3 grams net carbs) – 1 gram sugar – 3 grams protein
  • Almond flour is first ingredient, followed by Swerve sweetener, coconut flour, tapioca starch, baking soda, sea salt and cream of tartar.

 

LIKE IT!

Simple Mills Cupcake and Cake Mix

  • Per serving: 120 calories – 17 grams carbs – 8 grams sugar – 2 grams protein
  • Almond flour is first ingredient, followed by sugar, arrowroot flour, coconut flour.

 

HATE IT!

Gluten Free Cake Mix – e.g. King Arthur Flour

  • Per serving: 160 calories – 40 grams carbs – 22 grams sugar – 0 protein
  • Sugar is first ingredient, followed by tapioca starch, white rice flour, white potato starch

 

Organic Cake Mix – e.g. Miss Jones

  • Per serving: 140 calories – 35 grams carbs – 20 grams sugar – 2 grams protein
  • Front of box claims “simple” ingredients of sugar, white flour, starch, baking powder, vanilla, salt

Jiffy Yellow Cake Mix

  • Per serving: 210 calories – 40 grams carbs – 23 grams sugar – 2 grams protein
  • Sugar is first ingredient, followed by white flour and shortening

Standard Cake Mix – e.g. Duncan Hines + Betty Crocker

  • Per serving: 170 calories – 34 grams carbs – 19 grams sugar – 1 gram protein
  • Sugar is first ingredient, followed by white flour and shortening

 

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