We celebrated Easter dinner at my brother’s house. My only chore was to bring the dessert. I do this every year. I make a strawberry cake (from a mix), squoosh up some fresh strawberries to saturate the cake and top it with a layer of half pudding, half frozen whipped stuff.
So what happened this year? My cake, which I bake in a standard 9 x 13 inch pan, looked like flat brownies. Very flat brownies. Very flat pink brownies.
When did they downsize cake mixes? Did I miss the memo? Did they not think downsizing the mix would also downsize the cake?
They used to be 18.25 ounces. This mix (a very popular brand) was 15.25 ounces. That’s a lot! That’s just short of 20%.
If you lost 20% of your savings it would be a big deal. If you lost 20% of your weight it would be a big deal (stop smiling!)! This is a big deal!
Had I known, I would have used a smaller cake pan or two boxes. I like my cakes high! There was no notice. In fact the baking directions were for the 9 x 13 size along with the round sizes. There was no warning that using that pan would render a cake that looked like a pancake!
I know they downsized ice cream. The half-gallon size is no longer a half-gallon. They have downsized some other products too so you have to keep an eye out. Cereal was downsized. Then there are smaller magazines with fewer pages and more ads. Oh yes, the price doesn’t go down, just the size.
Things that came by the pound are now 12 ounces. They did that to coffee a long time ago. In fact, I think coffee is down to 11 ounces. How low can they go? (said to the tune of the Limbo song) There are some pasta packages at less than a pound too.
We don’t even get a choice. I’d rather have the full size and pay more than bake a skimpy looking cake. (Don’t get all righteous on me and tell me I should be baking from scratch! Sometimes I do. Ok, hardly ever. I like shortcuts!)
Mr. Google and I checked on it. If you add 6 tablespoons of flour to the mix, you will get full volume. (Courtesy of the cakemixdoctor.com). I don’t know what that does to the proportion of the other ingredients but all the reviewers were happy with this suggestion.
In the meantime I am sending an email to Mr. Pillsbury!
PS: I have since learned that you can get premium cake mixes which are 18.25 ounces but you have to look for them. Although Duncan Hines makes a signature strawberry cake mix, it wasn’t available at the store where I was shopping.
Here is the Limbo Song for those of you who don’t remember it and those of you who do! Come on! You can sing it! No one’s looking!