Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Sof'ella's Organic Gluten-Free Chocolate Cake and Frosting Mix

Brand: Sof'ella
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Product Name: Organic Gluten-Free Choclate Cake and Frosting Mix

Location Purchased: Costco

Cost: $9.99 for 2 cake and 2 frosting mixes

Total From A to Z: 1 Star

A's Review: *
I am not sure what to say about this mix. We tried two different times and both turned out something goopey, burnt-smelling, and gross. Maybe there is a missing altitude adjustment, but something is definitely off. The frosting was edible at least.

Z's Review: *
I know it's April Fool's Day, but sadly this review is not a joke: I was thrilled to find a gluten-free mix at Costco, but unfortunately it turned out to be a total disaster. And I mean total! The first time I tried making the cake I followed all the directions, but somehow the batter ended up being too watery an the cake swelled up over the edges of the pan and all over the bottom of my brand new oven. That was unpleasant. But, since the box came with two mixes, I had A try again and we used a different pan. However, the resulting "cake" was still liquid goop. Maybe this mix is extremely sensitive to altitude? Boulder is quite a bit above sea level...but there weren't any suggested altitude adjustments on the box. In any event, we were unable to get anything remotely cake-like out of this cake mix. But the frosting was decent.

UPDATE: As I was working on this post, I discovered that Sof'ella actually has "High Altitude Instructions" for this mix right on its homepage. Unfortunately, I didn't check the homepage until after we had tried using this mix. Twice.

I do a lot of baking from mixes for this blog, and most of them work just fine with no alterations, despite the altitude. The mixes that need altitute adjustments usually say so right on the box. However, there was no indication on the Sof'ella box that it was sensitive to altitude. Perhaps it's too late to change the printing on the box, but it seems like they could at least add a sticker to a product that is so senstive to altitude when it is on sale in The Mile High City Costco!

If you live at a high altitude and feel like trying this mix, here are the altitude instructions:
High Altitude Instructions
Gluten Free Chocolate Cake & Frosting Mixes

For one packet of Cake Mix at an altitude of
5000 feet: Add additional 3 Tablespoons water
6000 feet: Add additional 3 Tablespoons and 1 1/2 teaspoons water
7000 feet Add additional 4 Tablespoons water

The following applies to all high altitude baking of the GF Chocolate Cake:

Increase oven temperature to 350°F.
Add an additional whole egg (3 whole eggs total)
Add the recommended 2/3 cup butter
Mix only until mixture is combined
Bake the cake(s) on the lowest rack in the oven
Bake 27-32 minutes for two 8" and 50-55 minutes for one 9" or until the center is set and the cake begins to pull away from the sides.


  1. I think you should make your own stickers. Blanket Costco!

  2. Im in Los Angeles and this is one of the Best Cakes in the world. Even Gluten eaters will not stop bugging me for it.

  3. So I guess it was an altitude thing! I'm glad to hear it! Next time we're at Costco we'll have to pick up another one and try it with the altitude alterations! Thanks!

  4. I live in Glendale AZ. and purchased this cake mix at Costco. I have to agree with Z's comments. I had the same results and have been dealing with a customer service rep from Sof'ella and what went wrong. Z's comments are to a "T" on what happened with my attempts.

  5. Hmmm...what's the elevation in Glendale, AZ? Maybe my high altitude theory doesn't explain the whole problem...

    If you're looking for a better chocolate cake mix, I recommend Pamela's:


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