Review: Gluten-Free Tastefully Simple Vanilla Bean Pound Cake
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Sep 12 2013

Review: Gluten-Free Tastefully Simple Vanilla Bean Pound Cake

Good afternoon!  Tastefully Simple recently debuted a line of gluten-free mixes, much to the delight of the gluten-free community. I have been diligently working my way through them so that I can let you guys know how they taste and measure up to other gluten-free mixes on the market.  The first mix I made and sampled is the Vanilla Bean Pound Cake mix. 

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Hannah is learning how to bake, so I took advantage of her willingness and let her take the lead with this treat.  The mix only requires the addition of melted butter and water.  Simply mix the ingredients together, pour into prepared loaf pan and bake for the recommended time, which I found to be spot on. 

INGREDIENTS: Sugar, rice flour, nonfat milk, egg, potato starch, maltodextrin, tapioca flour, less than 2% of emulsifier (starch, polyglycerol esters of fatty acids, mono- and diglycerides), baking powder (sodium acid pyrophosphate, bicarbonate soda, cornstarch, monocalcium phosphate), salt, vanilla bean seeds, xanthan gum, artificial flavor.

We could barely wait for the cake to come out of the oven.  I began to think about what we would top the pound cake with, but once I tasted the cake, I discovered it didn’t need a thing.  The vanilla bean flavor was just perfect…not too subtle, not too strong.  While strawberries and whipped cream would be amazing on top of this cake, I enjoyed mine plain. 

The Vanilla Bean Pound Cake Mix serves 8 and can be purchased on the Tastefully Simple website for $10.99.   According to the website the mix is only available for a limited time, through March 8, 2014.  I would love to see them remain a permanent addition to the line-up, so maybe if they are popular enough, they will!

**The mix mentioned in this post was sent to me free of charge for review purposes.  The thoughts and opinions shared here are mine and have not been influenced by anyone or anything.

Article Written by:

Kimberly Bouldin is a gluten-free wife, runner & blogger with two children in Columbus, Ohio. After her celiac diagnosis in 2006, she has made it her mission to embrace an entirely new approach to nutrition in a gluten-free world, exploring options that run the gamut from "made from scratch" homemade bread to sampling and reviewing the gluten-free prepared foods that are continuously being introduced to the market. While navigating the waters of becoming gluten-free, Kim shares her experiences and passes along valuable product reviews in addition to helping other moms of celiac kids develop healthy menus that are kid-friendly and palatable. Kimberly is a valuable resource for those who are newly diagnosed, as well as for the more seasoned gluten-free veterans. Follow Kim on Twitter!

Comments

  1. John White says:

    Seems to me that much of the gluten free product line is priced much higher than non gluten free. $4 for two waffles, $11 for pound cake that will serve 8?
    A loaf of bread over $6…is it that much more expensive to produce, or are we being taken advantage of because of a physical condition?

    • Name says:

      It’s not that it’s more expensive to make, it’s the rigorous testing that is needed to certify the products as gluten-free that costs so much. It is truly an additional & necessary cost to the company, which unfortunately then has to be passed on to the consumer. I’m just so glad that so many more options are being offered now.

  2. John White says:

    Seems to me that much of the gluten free product line is priced much higher than non gluten free. $4 for two waffles, $11 for pound cake that will serve 8?
    A loaf of bread over $6…is it that much more expensive to produce, or are we being taken advantage of because of a physical condition?

    • Name says:

      It’s not that it’s more expensive to make, it’s the rigorous testing that is needed to certify the products as gluten-free that costs so much. It is truly an additional & necessary cost to the company, which unfortunately then has to be passed on to the consumer. I’m just so glad that so many more options are being offered now.

  3. Guest says:

    Tastefully Simple’s products are designed to be prepared using two ingredients or less. Keep in mind when you purchase an item you will not have to get many additional ingredients to prepare that item.

  4. Guest says:

    Tastefully Simple’s products are designed to be prepared using two ingredients or less. Keep in mind when you purchase an item you will not have to get many additional ingredients to prepare that item.

  5. Mary F says:

    It’s been almost a year since I gave the Gluten Free Vanilla Pound Cake and Gluten Free Beer Bread mixes to my brother who cannot tolerate gluten although he does not have Celiac. He’s a bachelor and loves quick and easy GF products.

    On the back of the package it said that the mix was made in a facility with wheat so I asked my consultant about it. The answer she was given from Tastefully Simple was “gluten free products are considered safeguard gluten free because they are under 20 ppm”.

    Last night he called me to say that he had finally made the cake and got sick after eating it. He wasn’t positive it was the cake so he ate more and sure enough – he got sick again.

    Unfortunately, this product did not work for him so he will not be making the GF Beer Bread.

    There needs to be a rating and/or symbol such as GF/WF to clearly show when products are made in a facility with wheat. Not just Tastefully Simple, but across the board.

    These products were purchased in March 2014.

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