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Review & giveaway: Wholesome Chow

August 23, 2010

Though I’m usually more than happy to make cakes and cupcakes from scratch, life sometimes gets in the way. Maybe I’m out of an ingredient, or I’m low on time, or I’m already so mentally taxed that even searching for a recipe sounds grueling. It’s in these moments that a boxed or bagged cake mix starts to sound appealing to me.

Enter Wholesome Chow’s decadent vegan baking mixes. In luscious flavors like Chocolate Lavender Cake, Chai Spice Cake, and Homestyle Cornbread, there’s a mix for everyone in their line. Southern Californians are lucky to have Jeffrey and Veronica, the co-creators, in their area, where they hold awesome-sounding monthly veg cooking club events, but fortunately for the rest of us, the fruits of their talents are just a click away. Veronica was kind enough to send me two of their cake mixes to try out for myself, Lemon Poppyseed Cake and Vanilla Cupcake.

I’m a huge fan of anything vanilla (more so than chocolate, even), so I couldn’t wait to try the cupcakes. I immediately loved the ingredient list: organic unbleached white wheat flour, organic evaporated cane juice, vanilla extract powder, all-natural cornstarch, aluminium-free baking powder, baking soda, evaporated sea salt, and pure love. In other words, there’s nothing there that I wouldn’t put in a from-scratch cake in my own kitchen. All I had to supply was some nondairy milk, canola oil, and apple cider vinegar. The batter mixed up creamy and pale yellow, and it tasted fabulous.

I made my cupcakes mini—portion control, you know, although that backfired a little as I spooned out the batter (there was enough there for probably 26-28 mini cupcakes, and my pan only held 24, so what’s a girl to do with leftover egg-free, dairy-free batter?!).

They baked up to be some of the most precious and perfect little cuppycakes I’ve ever made!

Seriously—just look at those flawless domes!

Too cute! Obviously, I couldn’t serve them naked, so I whipped up a quick vegan vanilla buttercream to pipe on top.

Quick vegan vanilla buttercream
½ cup (1 stick) Earth Balance margarine, room temperature
2 cups powdered sugar
1 Tbsp vanilla extract
2 Tbsp almond milk

Cream the margarine with an electric mixer until smooth. With the mixer on low speed, add the sugar, vanilla, and almond milk and beat until combined. Turn the mixer to high speed and beat for 3-5 minutes, until light and creamy. Add more powdered sugar if the frosting is too thin, or more almond milk if it’s too dry. Then frost away!

My frosting is pretty damn good, but these cupcakes were EXCELLENT. The flavor was exactly what a vanilla cupcake should taste like, and the cakes themselves had a great fluffy texture and a tender crumb. The fact that they only required one bowl and 30 minutes to make is just icing on the [cup]cake! Whether you’re a baking novice, a time-crunched baker, or just in the mood to try something new, I’d recommend giving Wholesome Chow a try.

ALMOST VEGAN GIVEAWAY #5
Since Veronica at Wholesome Chow sent me two mixes, I’m giving the second one away to one of you! The winner will receive one bag of Wholesome Chow’s vegan Lemon Poppyseed Cake mix. (Ingredients: organic white wheat flour, organic evaporated cane juice, vanilla extract powder [vanilla extract, dextrose], organic poppyseeds, all-natural cornstarch, aluminium-free baking powder, baking soda, evaporated sea salt, and pure geniune love. In order to bake it, you will need: nondairy milk, canola oil, apple cider vinegar, lemon juice and zest, and lemon extract.)

HOW TO ENTER: Leave a comment below telling me which of Wholesome Chow’s decadent vegan baking mixes sounds yummiest to you!

For extra entries (***leave an additional, separate comment for each one***):
–“Like” Wholesome Chow on Facebook
–Follow Wholesome Chow on Twitter
–Sign up to receive the Wholesome Chow newsletter
–Link to this giveaway on your blog, Facebook, Twitter, etc.
–Subscribe to my blog by email, RSS, Google reader, etc.
–Add me to your blogroll (or let me know I’m already on there)
–“Like” Almost Vegan on Facebook
–Follow Almost Vegan on Twitter

The deadline for entries is Friday morning, August 27th, at 9:00am CST. Since I’m footing the bill on shipping for this giveaway, I’m leaving it open internationally!
I’ll be choosing the winner at random. Good luck!

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55 Comments leave one →
  1. Karen permalink
    August 23, 2010 12:37 pm

    Lemon Poppy Seed Cake Mix sounds yummy!

  2. Karen permalink
    August 23, 2010 12:38 pm

    I just liked Wholesome Chow on FB!

  3. Karen permalink
    August 23, 2010 12:39 pm

    I’ve already liked Almost Vegan on FB. 🙂

  4. August 23, 2010 1:04 pm

    Ooh…definitely the chocolate chai! Although the chocolate lavender is tempting…

  5. August 23, 2010 1:07 pm

    I like Wholesome Chow on FB!

  6. August 23, 2010 1:19 pm

    You’re already on my blogroll!

  7. August 23, 2010 4:26 pm

    Oh wow! I would love those lemon poppyseed ones! I usually duke it all from scratch, but this would really help on those days when I’m too tired to really do anything, much less find a recipe.

  8. *Andrea* permalink
    August 23, 2010 8:48 pm

    Homestyle Cornbread sounds amazing! i love corn bread with vegetarian chili or warmed in the microwave with some earth balance 🙂

  9. *Andrea* permalink
    August 23, 2010 8:48 pm

    you are/have been on my Google Reader! yay

  10. August 23, 2010 9:39 pm

    I know this sounds boring, but I have to go with the Homestyle Cornbread, because that just doesn’t exist in Australia!

  11. August 23, 2010 9:39 pm

    I’m subscribed to your blog…

  12. August 23, 2010 9:40 pm

    You’re on my blogroll…

  13. August 23, 2010 9:40 pm

    I liked them on facebook…

  14. August 23, 2010 9:41 pm

    I subscribed to their newsletter (I wants me some cornbread!)

  15. August 23, 2010 9:41 pm

    I like YOU on facebook!

  16. August 23, 2010 9:42 pm

    And I follow you on twitter!

  17. August 23, 2010 11:42 pm

    chocolate lavendar!

  18. August 23, 2010 11:42 pm

    liked them on FB

  19. August 23, 2010 11:44 pm

    like you on FB

  20. August 23, 2010 11:44 pm

    twitter them

  21. August 23, 2010 11:45 pm

    twitter follow you

  22. August 23, 2010 11:45 pm

    blogrolled

  23. August 23, 2010 11:47 pm

    rss google reader

  24. August 24, 2010 8:39 am

    Yum! I think the chocolate lavender mix sounds really interesting!

  25. August 24, 2010 8:39 am

    I’m a follower! 🙂

  26. August 24, 2010 8:40 am

    You are on my blogroll!

  27. August 24, 2010 10:00 am

    Vanilla Cupcake sounds AMAZING!

  28. August 24, 2010 10:00 am

    And you are in my google reader!

  29. August 24, 2010 4:37 pm

    choc chai spice sounds great!

  30. August 24, 2010 4:38 pm

    liked them on facebook

  31. August 24, 2010 4:38 pm

    signed up for their newsletter

  32. August 24, 2010 4:39 pm

    you’re already on my Google Reader, m’dear!

  33. August 24, 2010 4:39 pm

    you’re also already on my blog roll

  34. August 24, 2010 4:40 pm

    follow you on twitter as well

  35. August 24, 2010 4:40 pm

    followed them on twitter

  36. August 24, 2010 6:47 pm

    Chocolate Chai Spice or Chocolate Lavender sound delightful!

  37. August 24, 2010 11:16 pm

    Your frosted cupcakes look so wonderfully delicious!! 😀
    I think the Chai Spice mix sounds AMAZING, but I am also curious about the Chocolate Lavender.
    Mmmm…

  38. August 24, 2010 11:16 pm

    I already “Like” Almost Vegan on facebook. 🙂

  39. August 24, 2010 11:16 pm

    You are on my blogroll.

  40. August 24, 2010 11:17 pm

    I have linked this giveaway to my facebook.

  41. August 24, 2010 11:18 pm

    I “Like” Wholesome Chow on Facebook.

  42. August 25, 2010 12:27 am

    YUMMY these look delicious!

  43. August 25, 2010 8:24 am

    Always nice to be able to get a premade mix sometimes, especially when your on the road, ect.

    Hmm i think id have to go with the Vanilla Cupcake Mix!

  44. brettiuclass permalink
    August 25, 2010 11:51 am

    Definitely have to go with Lemon Poppyseed. But the cornbread sounds intriguing as well.

  45. brettiuclass permalink
    August 25, 2010 11:52 am

    I like you…on FB.

  46. brettiuclass permalink
    August 25, 2010 11:52 am

    I stalk you…er I mean follow you.

  47. brettiuclass permalink
    August 25, 2010 11:52 am

    Google reader as well.

  48. August 25, 2010 12:12 pm

    The vanilla cupcakes mix sounds yummy!

  49. August 25, 2010 12:14 pm

    Following Wholesome Chow on FAcebook!

  50. August 25, 2010 12:14 pm

    Following Wholesome Chow on Twitter @singerinkitchen

  51. August 25, 2010 12:16 pm

    I did not know you were on Twitter. Finally following you @singerinkitchen

  52. August 25, 2010 12:17 pm

    I already like Almost Vegan on Facebook!

  53. Erin permalink
    August 26, 2010 1:12 pm

    I’d love to try the chocolate or plain lavender cake mixes!

  54. August 27, 2010 11:04 am

    Hey Everyone!

    We’re so excited that you’re so excited about Wholesome Chow’s Decadent Vegan Baking Mixes! They’re just sooo tasty….Stay tuned for our Gluten Free Vegan Baking Mixes which will launch within the month!

    Much love!

    Veronica and Jeffrey
    WHOLESOME CHOW
    http://www.WholesomeChow.com

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