As a gluten-free blogger, I’m asked to try a lot of products. Some I accept, some I don’t. When Ryan Austin asked if I’d try the Gluten-Free Lemon Pound Cake Mix by Magnolia Mixes, a company founded by his mother, I thought what fun it would be to support this family business… plus, the idea of eating pound cake again awoke a craving deep inside of me!
In full disclosure, Magnolia Mixes provided me with gluten-free baking mixes and compensated me for this post. However, all opinions are mine and I only put my name behind products that I’ve tried and liked. I also want to say that this product is not going to fall under the “good for you” category. These mixes should be consumed as occasional treats :-).
I hope you read the entire post, but if you came for the awesome gluten-free pound cake mix giveaway, you’ll want to scroll to the very bottom…
Now Let’s Talk about Magnolia Mixes
Magnolia Mixes gluten-free baking mixes come in heavy-duty grey bags and are labeled with stickers. I can appreciate the modest packaging by this up-and-coming company; although I do think a more professional packaging will be order when these mixes explode on store shelves (which I hope they do!).
That said, my mom taught me to never judge a book by its cover – because the deliciousness packaged inside this nondescript grey bag is really what counts!
When I opened the bag, I whiffed a sweet lemon mixture. It was amazing. I wish I could have bottled the smell alone!
I followed the preparation and baking instructions on the back of the bag to a tee. I mixed all the ingredients (eggs, sour cream, butter, water and the baking mix) in my mixer and then put the beautiful, creamy batter into a greased loaf pan. I baked it for about 45 minutes and allowed it plenty of time to cool before adding the glaze. The glaze is a combination of lemon juice mixed with powdered sugar. I’ve never mixed powdered sugar and lemon juice before to create a glaze… what a beautiful sweet and tangy combo!
When you cut into the gluten-free pound cake, you see a moist cake, the perfect texture for pound cake. It’s truly love at first sight. When you take your first bite of the gluten-free pound cake, you are transported back to your pre-GF days of eating delicious, moist, bouncy cake again.
My kids serve as my blog’s taste testers. Their honesty is bar none. My nine-year-old daughter says, “This thing is so delicious. I love it so much. Thank you so much, Mommy!” So cute, right? 🙂 My son loved it too. He even asked for a piece of gluten-free pound cake for breakfast this morning. Seems to me like someone was dreaming about Magnolia Mixes last night!
The possibilities for this gluten-free pound cake mix are endless. While I served it as a true lemon pound cake, it would go perfect with strawberries and whip cream, as well as diced up for chocolate fondue dipping.
Now a Little Bit About the Company
Magnolia Mixes is a little known company based in Alabama with a strong presence in Denver, Colorado (my hometown). The company is named for a Magnolia tree that stood in the front yard of the Austin home for a long time. The owner, Carol Austin, has celiac disease. She runs the company along with her husband. She writes on the Magnolia website that her family often eats gluten-free alongside her – and that is exactly what happens at my house too. While I’m the only one with celiac disease, I keep a gluten-free kitchen and home, so my family needs to enjoy the foods I make just as much as I do.
Carol writes, “Sometimes the hard things in life (like finding out you have celiac disease) make you change the way you do things, but God is always willing to give direction and counsel if you will ask Him, and then wait for His answer!” I could not agree more. I truly believe my celiac disease was a blessing to me and my family – giving me the gift of health, teaching me (and subsequently my family) how to eat in a healthy way, and giving me the opportunity to give voice to the gluten-free community through my blog. I write about this topic here.
Thanks to Carol and the entire Austin family (Carol’s daughter, son, and daughter-in-law all have a hand in the business), you can enjoy [gluten-free] lemon pound cake again. Even if you’re not gluten-free, you need to try these mixes. I promise you that this gluten-free pound cake mix is much better than the regular pound cake you’ve been buying in the freezer section of your grocery store, and it has a much cleaner ingredient list too!
Along with the gluten-free lemon pound cake mix, Magnolia Mixes offers a gluten-free cornbread mix, a gluten-free chocolate chip cookie mix, a gluten-free banana bread mix, and a gluten-free pancake and waffle mix, the first mix Carol created in the collection because it brought back memories of cooking up pancakes for her children on weekends. The company also just produced a brand new mix in time for Christmas – a gluten-free holiday sugar cookie mix! You can see the entire product line up here.
Now here’s the deal, you need to hurry up and get some of these gluten-free baking mixes so you can start creating your own gluten-free memories this holiday season. (Of course, consume these products in moderation, but as a weekend treat (pancakes) or a fun dessert (lemon pound cake) I give you permission to indulge and enjoy yourself.)
You can buy a four-pack on Amazon for less than $5 a mix!* What a great deal! Also, if you buy the four pack of mixes, you’ll get a fifth mix free (offer for a limited time on Amazon.com and only as noted*).
In addition to Amazon, you can purchase the mixes individually on the Magnolia Mixes website. Simply click on the products you want to buy and then add them to your cart. The mixes range in price from $4.25 to $6.50.
OK, It’s Time for a Giveaway!
I’m giving one lucky gluten-free person a chance to try Magnolia Mixes for FREE! That’s right, I’m going to send you these beautiful, tasty, and I-can’t-believe-they’re-gluten-free-baking-mixes for free!
Magnolia Mixes put together an awesome prize package that includes a lemon pound cake mix, a banana bread mix, a cornbread mix and the brand new holiday sugar cookie mix. The prize package also includes a KitchenAid rolling pin and parchment paper (needed to make the sugar cookies). The total retail value is $47!
Complete the entry form below to enter. I’ll be picking a winner on December 8th, so hurry!
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