Chocolate Fudge Cake

…out of a box.

Pud in a box

Pud in a box

The other day, Jef found an item online comparing home-made bakes to box-bakes: the sort where you just add an egg and some milk and lo and behold, you have a cake with no effort. Said item was in the Daily Mail so I’m not going to link to it but the conclusion was that some box-bakes could be reasonably decent, with those from M&S particularly toothsome.

Filled and iced

Filled and iced

Well, I’ve had good results with such mixes for macaroons, and I like a challenge, so we popped into our local M&S on the way home to acquire the goods and give it a go. Results were… mixed. It was very easy to make – as you’d expect, it took longer to grease and line the two cake tins than to mix the mix and fill the tins. It rose with a lovely even crumb and the texture was good but the flavour? Surprisingly bland. We found that it was improved when microwaved and served as a pudding with ice-cream rather than as a cake in its own right but really, if you have to do that, you might as well make a pie and not bother with cake.

Interesting experiment but I’ll bake my own in future. Oh, except for the victoria sponge mix we bought at the same time!

Crucial sliced pic

Crucial sliced pic

Cakes caked.

Cakes caked.

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