by Paulina Zuniga
I bake a lot. As a baker, I’m always on the hunt for the chocolateyist and moistest cake that comes in a box. So I decided to do bake-off. The contenders? Duncan Hines and Betty Crocker — two big cake mix companies. I baked both of these cakes according to their package directions, and compared them each step of the way. Here are my results.
Duncan Hines has 260 calories per serving, claims to be “deliciously moist,” and a classic.
Betty Crocker has 280 calories per serving, claims to be “super moist,” and a favorite.
Both cakes required similar additional ingredients: water, vegetable oil, and eggs. Although the ingredients were the same, the amounts weren’t. (Note: I substituted the water for milk, as a personal choice.)
Duncan Hines: 1 cup water, ⅓ cup vegetable oil, 3 large eggs
Betty Crocker: 1 ¼ cups water, ½ cup vegetable oil, 3 eggs
Duncan Hines was a thicker and chunkier batter.
Betty Crocker was a smooth and lighter batter.
Betty Crocker was the taller and softer cake. It rose to two inches versus the Duncan Hines cake, which only reached about one and a quarter inches.
After a blind taste test with my family, the winner was clear: Betty Crocker won four to one for being the more moist and chocolatey cake.