How many of you have heard of King Arthur Flour, Sisters and Brothers?
I remember seeing it in stores as I was growing up and my mother saying "That's the best flour there is but we can't afford it" as she reached for another brand. That feeling stuck with me throughout my life. King Arthur was something I always looked at, wishing it were on sale and I had an amazing coupons. I just didn't now how versatile the company was and how good their products were until now.
As our last GIVEAWAY of 2010, the kind people at King Arthur Flour are offering one reader with a USA street address two wonderful treats: "Deliciously Simple Chooclate Cake Mix" and "Chocolate Fudge Frosting Mix". Warning: Sisters and Brothers, your Chocolate Priestess is serious about honoring these chocolatiers and companies with a minimum number of entries. Our last contest for Praim chocolate bars fell short so no one won those. We'll get to the details of the giveaway at the end of this look at these two mixes.
Obviously if you want to make a chocolate cake you need to start with the cake. The "Deliciously Simple Chocolate Cake Mix" contains 22oz of all of the dry ingredients you'll need just like any other cake mixes you could find in almost any other food store.
Whisk together 4 eggs, 2/3 cups vegetable oil, 1 1/3 water.
Add in the mix itself slowly.
Add in 1 cup mini chocolate chips.
Divide into 2 8 inch round pans and bake for 32 minutes at 350 degrees. (I use a gas oven so it required a few extra minutes)
For the frosting I used the King Arthur "Chocolate Fudge Frosting Mix" and followed the recommended directions. This means that I used half "butter" and half vegetable shortening. Here you see which brands I used. The key is to beat it on high for a long time, I beat it for seven minutes myself until it looked thoroughly blended and fluffy. Note: The frosting contains soy, eggs, milk and wheat.
After the cake cooled I frosted it and decided to use the last of the mini chocolate chips, about 3oz of them, to cover the top. I think it turned out fairly nice looking.
The instructions were easy to follow and the resulting product cake tasted amazing. Now, I've never seen these mixes in my grocery stores but you can find these and a bunch of other baking products the King Arthur Flour main website. Not only that, but in terms of our looking for fair trade and employee supportive businesses here on The Chocolate Cult, this company is 100% employee owned which means that they and not some big CEO or family or investors benefit from your purchases. Note: The factories where these are made also makes products with tree nuts though peanuts were not listed and I know that is a concern for some of you, Sisters and Brothers.
Now, let's talk GIVEAWAY.
From now until Friday, December 17, 2010, at 7am, you can do the following to enter this giveaway to win both a cake mix and a frosting mix.
You need to have a street address in the United States of America to win.
1. In a comment say how you are a public follower of The Chocolate Cult. Make sure you are, I check and a few folks are not showing up where they claim. Double check if you are at all uncertain. Make sure you have an email linked to your comment or leave on in your comment -- be wary of spammers and don't cut and paste your email please.
2. State what event or occasion you'd use this cake mix and frosting mix for.
Finally if you want extra chances to win and you want us to get to a minimum of entries so someone can win, you can spread the word about this giveaway. Send a link for this giveaway to Facebook and include @TammyJo Eckhart so I see it. Or Send a link to this giveaway to Twitter including @thetammyjo so I can see it. You can even "like" the King Arthur Flour page on Facebook and then thank them for the giveaway and I'll see that as well if you do @TammyJo Eckhart.
Good luck and spread the word about our very last GIVEAWAY for 2010!