Product Review: New from Duncan Hines!

Do you want to step up your holiday entertaining without breaking out in a cold sweat?  I was asked to review four yummy products from Duncan Hines, and who am I to turn down a chance to make yummy desserts for my family?

Now, I have to say that I didn't get to taste everything myself - darn chocolate allergy, but I can say that everything was easy to make - the directions were spot on and it turned out the way I expected!

The first product I tried was the Apple Caramel Decadent Cake Mix - this was a two part process - you made the caramel in a separate bowl and then added it to the cake mix by spooning it over and then marbling the cake and caramel.

You could actually see the chunks of apple in the cake!  The caramel stirred right up and was easy to dollop onto the cake, and would also be easy to mix into cupcakes too...

I baked this in a 9x13 pan and each square was rich enough without any extras - it was the perfect Fall dessert!

This got two thumbs up from everyone who tried it - I was somewhat worried that the caramel would overpower the apple and be too sweet - but the flavors were well mixed and this cake was lovely!

The second product I made (but didn't get to sample myself) was the Triple Chocolate Decadent Cake - again, when making this, you make the fudge separately and combine it with the cake in the last step to create pools of fudge throughout the cake.

Again, while making this you could see the chunks of chocolate in the cake batter, and the fudge mixed up quickly and easily...

My taste testers rated this as Super Chocolaty and said that chocoholics would be in heaven with this!  For some, who are not huge chocolate fans, this was a little overwhelming and in your face... but I think that's part of the point... if you want TRIPLE chocolate and all that entails - this mix delivers...

I have to say that both cakes are really simple, but look and taste like someone slaved for hours in the kitchen, when really the prep for each took less time than it took to pre-heat the oven...

But wait - there's more to this decadent story...

I was also sent two of their new Amazing Glazes to try:

We tried the Amazing Glazes in Chocolate and Vanilla.  These glazes are meant to be poured onto your cakes or other baked goods warm, so you get that beautiful glazed look!  Each one only took about a minute to heat in the microwave - you start at 35 seconds and check and shake the bottle before continuing to add 10 seconds at a time until you get the consistency you desire...

Boy, does this ramp up your dessert!  I tried the vanilla on some banana bread I had made... and yumm-o!

I also think that these glazes have applications beyond the cake realm... can you say ice cream anyone?

I have to say that Duncan Hines has hit another home run with these products... and on their website they've gone two better...they've got a coupon for $1.00 off, and they've got fabulous recipes that feature the new products, like:

                           Apple Dip Caramel Bars

There is also a third flavor of Decadent Cake that I'm dying to get my hands on.. Carrot Cake!  

As I said at the beginning, I really think that for the non-bakers out there, these new Decadent Cakes and Glazes could be the hit of your holiday parties!  So check out and see for yourself!

Disclaimer: I received these items for review at no cost to me.  All opinions are my own.