Happy Birthday! Betty Crocker Gluten Free Devil’s Food Cake Review

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“Birthdays are nature’s way of telling us to eat more cake.”

This past Sunday was my birthday.  Not to be all Negative Nancy, but turning 37 was NOT that thrilling in the grand scheme of things. Can I get a waaaah?  What I wanted – strike that – needed was chocolate.  Lots of chocolate.  My darling husband of ten years knew it was vital that he take action quickly:  provide his long in the tooth wife with some chocolaty confection or get punched in the throat.  Just for the record, I wouldn’t really punch my devoted spouse in the throat.  I abhor physical violence.  A kick in the shin might be warranted though as I take my chocolate very seriously.

Enter the wondrous Betty Crocker.  As you all know, Betty Crocker offers gluten free cake, cookie and brownie mixes.  What could be better to perk up a disheartening 37th birthday than with chocolate cake?  I had yet to try Betty’s gluten free version of their Devil’s Food cake.  However, a few months ago I had taste tested the gluten free vanilla cake mix with good results.  Chuck (a.k.a. husband in reaction/avoidance mode) began mixing the cake ingredients.  Just as I had doctored the Betty Crocker vanilla cake mix, Chuck added two ingredients to the gluten free devil’s food cake mix.  One cup of sour cream and one packet of chocolate pudding mix went into the batter.  The result?  A moist, dense, chocolaty hunk of heaven.  This cake was so darn good that Chuck and my two kiddos were permitted ONE slice each.  I ate the rest of the cake forkful by fabulous forkful.  By the time I got around to taking a picture to post (priorities people, cake before photography!), all that remained was one tiny bite.

My birthday turned out to be quite fabulous and amazingly tasty.  I can’t wait to turn (gasp) 38!  Yeah, that’s totally a lie, but the cake…I’ll take any day!


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Maureen Stanley was diagnosed with Celiac Disease in 2005. Way back before gluten-free was “mainstream“. Maureen created Hold The Gluten blog and podcast in 2008 as a way to connect members of the gluten-free community across the world.


  1. 37, you Spring chicken!

    Happy Birthday from GF PATISSERIE, come and visit for a cupcake. A chocolate one.


  2. Happy Birthday! Mine is in 2 weeks & I will be older than your 37! I have always loved my moms lemon jello cake (NOT GF) & my plan was to try to recreate it with a Betty Crocker mix, but man, now that chocolate is sounding delicious!

  3. I’ve got you all beat–wait until you get to the big 50+. You want to
    talk about flabby? Erm…let’s talk chocolate instead. Isn’t it great
    to have options like the Betty Crocker cake mix? I had brownies
    for my birthday in September, they were delicious. Happy belated Birthday, and to those of you with one coming up also.

  4. Thank you for this wonderfully delicious gluten free cake mix. Made cupcakes for my son with it this weekend and it was an absolute hit! Now if all the grocery stores would catch on and make sure to stock their shelves we’d be in business.

  5. I was wondering what size of pudding mix you used. And just to clarify the sour cream was in addition to the water, butter and eggs?


  6. Nice post which provide his long in the tooth wife with some chocolaty confection or get punched in the throat. Just for the record, It wouldn’t really punch my devoted spouse in the throat. Thanks a lot for posting this article.

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