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Box of Duncan Hines Signature Red Velvet Cake Mix
Cupcakes baked using Duncan Hines Signature Red Velvet Cake Mix
Betty Crocker Whipped Butter Cream Frosting
Spoon of Betty Crocker Whipped Butter Cream Frosting

While I was visiting my mom, she said she would make me some chocolate cupcakes so she bought some Duncan Hines Red Velvet Cake Mix. She said she got red velvet because she heard that red velvet is the best. She added that since they were relatively expensive, they must be good. While red velvet cupcakes are still chocolate cupcakes, I'm not always a fan of them; sometimes they give me headache or taste weird.

After saying she would make me cupcakes, my mom decided that I should just make them myself. While I don't know much about baking anything, that was perfectly fine with me. I just followed the instructions on the red velvet cake mix box.

When it was time to put the cake batter into the tray, I realized that there was only one tray for 12 cupcakes and a tray for 24 mini cupcakes. So I filled the tray of 12 and put those in the oven for about 20 minutes at 350 F. While those were baking I filled the tray of 24 mini cupcakes (I'm very slow...). I don't remember how long I put those in the oven for, maybe 15 minutes. When I was done, the red coloring everywhere made it look like I had killed someone :o

I let the cupcakes sit out overnight and decorated them the next day with Betty Crocker Whipped Butter Cream Frosting and Chocomaker Marbled Chocolate Curls.

The Betty Crocker frosting instructions state to stir the frosting 20 times before using, which I did. When I've used frosting in the past I've used it directly out the container... I think this was the first time I've noticed the stirring instructions. :P After the stirring, I just frosted the top of the cupcakes with a spoon and added the chocolate curls on top.

Decorated cupcakes made from Duncan Hines Red Velvet Cake Mix
Mini cupcakes made from Duncan Hines Red Velvet Cake Mix

The cupcakes turned out to be pretty good! The cupcake were pretty moist, and while they were nice & sweet, the sweetness wasn't overbearing. It didn't taste particularly weird, and I didn't get a headache! I can't really tell the difference between the various kinds of frosting and icing, but the Betty Crocker whipped butter cream frosting also tasted pretty good with the red velvet cupcakes to me.

Overall Rating:
Food: Duncan Hines Signature Red Velvet Deliciously Moist Cake Mix & Betty Crocker Whipped Butter Cream Frosting
Source: Wal-Mart, Mason, OH
Rating (Red Velvet Cake Mix): Good
Rating (Butter Cream Frosting): Good

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Russell Stover's Not Quite Paw-Fect Valentine

Happy Valentine's Day week!

If you're looking for a mildly creepy gift for your valentine, Russell Stover offers this 3.5 oz. box of assorted chocolates featuring a dog with an ectopically expressed googly eye.

You may have to dig a bit to find one of these im-paw-fect pooches, but I found this one at Target for the very reasonable price of $3.99.

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Carvel Ice Cream Cake Box
Carvel Ice Cream Cake
Inside of Carvel Ice Cream Cake
Slice of Carvel Ice Cream Cake

I had a coupon that expired at the end of January for a Carvel ice cream cake, so I decided to use it at Fry's (Kroger). The ice cream cake I got was just one of their smaller, ordinary cakes (not a holiday or football themed one). The directions on the box state to thaw the cake in the refrigerator for 20-30 minutes after being frozen, but I ate it without thawing it since I prefer harder ice cream.

The whipped icing on top was lighter than some icings/frostings, and it isn't too sweet. The vanilla layer of the cake also didn't have an overwhelmingly rich vanilla flavor. The chocolate part tasted just like chocolate ice cream and had some crumbly bits, however, the bottom chocolate layer of the cake did melt quickly. The cake was a nice, delicious treat.

Overall Rating:
Food: Carvel Lil'Love Ice Cream Cake
Source: Fry's Food & Drug Store (Kroger), Tucson, AZ
Price: $8.99 after coupon, $10.99 reg price
Rating: Delicious

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