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I just baked the new Duncan Hines Decandent Carrot Cake this morning and I am very disappointed. First of all, I have only made homemade carrot cake in the past, but decided to give this a try. I am a fan of Duncan Hines cake mixes, but not the Decadent Carrot Cake.First of all, you must take the dried carrot and raisin combo and soak them in hot water for 5 mintues. Upon opening the carrot package, there is an off smell, that turned me off. I decided to go ahead and bake the cake, hoping the smell would disappear into the spicey aroma of the cake.I baked the cake and they only baked to about 2/3", which is very disappointing and looks pitiful. The raisins all sunk to the bottom. I made homemade cream cheese frosting because I don't care for the canned frosting. This will be eaten tomorrow, so maybe the carrot flavor will mellow out. I did sample a small piece that stuck to the side of the pan and you can taste that off carrot taste. I am also hoping the cream cheese frosting will make it more palatable. My inlaws like carrot cake and they make like this, I just don't care for it. As a back up, I am also taking some cookies.Has anyone else baked this cake? If so, what is your opinion?
This cake mix was on sale for $.99 last week so I gave it a try. On the side of the box is a recipe for carrot cake cupcakes, and that is what I made. You add a can of crushed pineapple to the mix and other ingredients. The cupcakes came out very moist and had a good taste. I love homemade carrot cake and would never replace it with this cake mix, but the unfrosted cupcakes were wonderful with a cup of coffee for breakfast - not too sweet.
I was going to try this cake mix but a friend of mine told me about her experience-which is the same as yours. So obviously I will not try the new supposedly wonderful carrot cake mix! Thanks for your review which backs up the other I had from friend!
I just got it out of the oven & cooling it,so I will let you all know if i will be makeing it a gane.
See ya later OK!!
Thanks for these reviews - it will save some money for others. My favorite carrot cake recipe has the crushed pineapple in it - adds so much moisture and flavor. I also like cake mixes but the regular carrot cake mix - or the scratch cake is definitely superior to this new one. I predict it won't be on the market long. I had not seen it in the stores - but may just have "missed" it.
Duncan Hines Decadent Carrot Cake Mix
I did not like it at all it was a wast of my time & money. [:'(]
So i will stay makeing it home made.I did put pinapple in it to still not very good! Sorry !!!
I shelled out bucks for this cake mix. very dissapointing as well. There are some things that you just have to make from scratch !
Carrot cake is one of them.
Carrot cake ?? You could have fooled me. I thought it was a spice cake, cause that is all I tasted.
Glad you posted this. Thanks a bunch
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Thanks for the heads up ladies.
Scratch it is!
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