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May 1, 2014

Well, we are suppose to be at the half-way mark for spring, but in all honesty, it hasn’t been much of a spring so far. The last few days around here have been cool, grey, windy & rainy. I know April Showers bring May flowers, but enough already! I just want a little sunshine and warm weather!! Is that too much for a girl to ask?!?

Last night, I was desperate to put a little Spring back in our steps and brighten up the gloomy days. that’s when I brought out the box of Duncan Hines Strawberry Flavoured Cupcakes!

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In our house, strawberries are a well loved fruit and a sure sign of summer! We love all things strawberry and my hopes were high for this boxed mix. You see, I LOVE to bake. It’s something that I picked up from my Great Grandmother when I was a little girl. Even to this day, baking makes me feel connected to her and always cheers me up if I’m having a rough day.

But, I bake from scratch. I don’t generally like boxed mixes and pre-done icing and prefer to make my own but I’m willing to try anything once.

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The box comes with your strawberry flavoured cake mix, cream cheese flavoured icing mix and a pastry bag.

I wasn’t so sure about cream cheese frosting with strawberry cupcakes but if the geniuses at Duncan Hines decided it was a good flavour combination, who am I to judge! So away we went!

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The instant I opened the mix I was over come by the strawberry scent – YUM! The cake mix is as easy as any to mix up.

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Add the eggs, oil & water; moisten and mix. Easy peasy. Oh, and I would like to add that I was a big fan of the little chunks of strawberry in the mix too 🙂

The box makes 12 cupcakes or a 9″ round cake. The directions said to fill the muffin liners half way, but I found it was closer to 3/4 to use up all the mix. I suppose about a 1/4 cup of mix per cupcake. Then put your pan in at 350 for 20 minutes and Voila!

Please don't judge my muffin tins LOL

Please don’t judge me by my muffin tins LOL

*WARNING* Your entire house will smell divine by this point and you will have a spouse and / or kids (possibly even pets), pacing the floor in the kitchen waiting for them to be done.

The icing was easy to mix up too. Although, I wish I would’ve used my stand mixer instead of my hand mixer for the icing. It requires 2 – 4 minutes of high speed mixing and my arm & hand were buzzing by the end.

As I mentioned earlier, I like to make my own buttercream icings when I bake so I was prepared to judge this icing to my standards. I was pleasantly surprised when it not only stood up to, but surpassed my expectations! It was fabulous consistency, easy to work with, smelled & tasted excellent!

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I said I loved to bake, I never claimed to be good at decorating!

The instructions say to use the tip of the pastry bag to poke through the cupcake and fill it with a small amount of icing before swirling the top. I was skeptical this was going to work very well, but once again, was pleasantly surprised! I was able to fill and cover the cupcakes in just a few minutes. Plus, I had lots of extra. I’m always worried that I will run out, but I had icing to spare. I may or may not have even eaten a little right out of the pastry bag…

Mind you, in the time it took for me to ice 12 cupcakes, Ryan devoured THREE of them!

Ryan isn’t a huge sweets guy (unlike me, I am a sugar fiend) so for him to indulge like that is a sure sign these are delicious! They have all of the properties a perfect cupcake should have.

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They were flavourful, moist & spongy and held their shape really well. The icing was sweet but not overly-sweet and the extra bit stuffed inside makes them look gourmet! The best part? 2 hours – start to finish and we were enjoying our treats 🙂

It’s official – I am a HUGE Fan of these cupcakes! Have you tried them yet? Let us know what you think!


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The product reviewed was supplied by the company. No other compensation was received. The opinions in this review are my own and have not been influenced in any way.

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May 1, 2014

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