Betty Crocker Shake-N-Pour Dessert Mixes are designed so that you can prepare something sweet with the absolute minimal of fuss. You simply add water to the container, shake, and then pour. A little while later you have fresh cupcakes.
We tried out the Confetti cupcake mix and have a couple tips on how to make it a successful experience. First of all, when the directions say "Shake hard," they mean HARD. Even with the stop and tap to loosen ingredients, and shake again method recommended on the container we had some unmixed dry ingredients the first time we tried to pour out our cupcakes. Lesson learned...shake, shake, shake, shake, tap, shake, shake, shake, and then carefully open and look inside, kind of rolling around the base of the container to check for dry pockets.
We didn't check and had emptied out half the ingredients before realizing we had some dry areas and had to add more water. I was worried this would upset the ratio wet to dry and affect the end result. Happily it did not, and our cupcakes both looked and tasted as expected.
Varieties include delicious Chocolate Brownie, Confetti Cupcake, and Chocolate Cupcake. They are now available in the baking aisle at your local grocers. I think it's important for me to point out that the price point is a bit higher than traditional boxed mixes and Betty Crocker Shake-N-Pours only make 12 cupcakes. This is okay with me, as a family of four really doesn't need 24 cupcakes at one time but bothered my husband. He also felt there was a lot of waste, since you cannot scrape out the container, like you can with a mixing bowl. I suggest looking for these to be on sale and stock up then.
The mixes are great for older kids who want to be bake either independently or with minimal supervision, depending on their age. They'd also be ideal for when you have a babysitter, as a fun activity that requires very little work for the adult. My daughter found the shake it up concept to be very cool and wants to make them during a play date, also a very handy time to use them since I don't have to drag out a lot of stuff.
All three varieties of the Betty Crocker Shake-N-Pour Dessert Mixes
60 minute baking timer
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