Cake Premix - To Buy or Not To Buy

By Foodism Team

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In today’s jet age a cake premix seems to be the perfect solution for being able to whip up that birthday or anniversary cake in a jiffy, but the safety quotient of the premix is something that needs to be checked out

Just sample this – you’ve spent hours at your laptop on virtual calls and are mentally exhausted and your five-year-old son beseeches you with his puppy smile for a chocolate cake. The very thought of having to spend a couple of hours in the kitchen scares the wits out of you, doesn’t it … But so does refuse the apple of your eye! Relax you can manage thanks to the innovative cake premix product brought out for busybodies like you.

For the unversed, a cake premix is a dry mixture of all the components required to be added in the cake including cake flour, sugar, milk powder, starch, baking powder, baking soda, emulsifier, salt, flavour, colour, and whey protein. The consumer only has to add water and oil to this mixture and blend it properly to get a nice and tasty cake.

Where are cake premixes available? Well practically everywhere ranging from large commercial bakeries to groceries to home bakers. Foodism strongly counsels purchasing premixes from home bakers, even if it is slightly more expensive; as it is healthier and fresher and with minimal or zilch preservatives. Albeit other seller options are cheaper yet their product too is artificial and synthetic. 

The cake premix available today at commercial outlets is not the same as it was when it was created way back in the 1930s and is comprised of essential ingredients like - flour, molasses, sugar, shortening, and powdered eggs. Today’s commercial cake premix includes preservatives such as propylene glycol, which is also used in e-cigarettes and antifreeze! Scary, eh!

So do check the label to ascertain that you're buying and baking the healthiest cake for your friends and family. Remember - 

  • It should not have hydrogenated oils as it may leave your cake premix with harmful trans-fats
  • To keep away from cake premixes with artificial colouring and food dyes; instead, opt for mixes that use ingredients like cocoa powder for natural colouring
  • To opt for gluten-free and organic cake premixes as they steer clear of preservatives

Just checking out a few things and picking up a cake premix from a home baker can go a long way in ensuring that you’re serving your family a sinfully delicious cake that has no harmful ingredient