I Tried 21 Different Boxes of Chocolate Cake Mix — Here Are the 3 I’m Buying from Now On
Whether it’s because you’ve run out of flour or you’ve run out of time or you just want an easy bake, a box of cake mix can really save the day. But have you seen the baking aisle at the grocery store lately? The shelves are groaning with boxed cake mixes from a ton of brands. So, to cut through the clutter, we baked our way through all the ones we found (read: 21 different boxes!) to determine which one deserves a place on your cake platter.
How We Tested the Chocolate Cake Mixes
Many boxed chocolate cake mixes fall into one of two categories: traditionally moist and fluffy, or fudgy. So we scored those two categories separately. We also baked all the gluten-free brands we could find and easily zeroed in on a winner.
We judged each cake first and foremost on the chocolate flavor. It had to really taste chocolatey, not just look chocolatey. Many brands and varieties came up short in this department, no matter how over-the-top the name sounded, or how luscious the cover photo looked. We also evaluated for crumb — the cake had to be tender and moist rather than dry and stiff. Super oily was a “no” as well, and if we detected any weird chemical aftertaste, it was a hard pass.
Many, many bites of cake later, here are the mixes that rose to the top.
What’s your go-to chocolate cake mix? Let us know in the comments below!