A couple of months ago, I received a gift sampler from Naturally Nora, a company that makes all-natural cake and frosting mixes. Deep in holiday preparations, I was too busy making everything from scratch to give Naturally Nora products a try. I put my stash away with the intention of giving the products a test run in the new year. But the new year doesn’t start the same way for me as it does for you.
January 2nd signifies the end of heavy duty, celebratory cooking for most, but my son’s birthday is in the first week of January. Just when I think it’s over, I remember that I have more cooking to do. Ideally, more from scratch cooking. The last three years, I put my head down, rolled up my sleeves, cleaned up the holiday mess and started over, making everything from corn pudding to baked chicken fingers to chocolate chip cupcakes with chocolate chip buttercream from scratch. Then, I’d collapse and spend the entire second week of January recuperating.
This year I’ve decided to take a more measured approach, helped along by Naturally Nora’s delicious and completely natural cakes and frostings. Truly, Naturally Nora saved the day.
As you can read in my cake pop saga (complete with cake pop instructions!), I was dead set on making cake pops from scratch. That is, until I committed to taking a more measured approach to the Hungry Boy’s birthday. It was just too much work, especially since the pops were for his school party (I still have to bake a cake and cupcakes for his weekend party!). And wasn’t it enough that the pops would be drenched in colored candy melts and dyed non-pareils? I was going to use boxed cake mix, too?
(The irony that I’m posting about super colorful cake pops the day after news about food dyes is not lost on me. Such is parenthood.)
Before I could get too overwrought, I remembered my Naturally Nora mixes. And, as it turns out, this wasn’t just a relief for my conscious, but also for our taste buds.
Naturally Nora cakes are a true testament to what thoughtful convenience food can be. Their all-natural cake, brownie and frosting mixes are totally delicious (being voted “closest to homemade” by the Martha Stewart Radio staff) and completely all natural with no artificial colors, flavors, preservatives or hydrogenated oils. With only 8 ingredients in a box of yellow cake, compared to 15-18 ingredients in other cake mix brands, this stuff is a worthy pantry staple for any busy family cook, especially one dead set on making cake pops.
Naturally Nora offers two brownie mixes, five cake mixes and four frostings, some with fun, all-natural “polka dots.” You can check their site to find a store near you or order online through Amazon. Trust me, these cake mixes are worth it.
Thank you Nora for making my Birthday Boy’s cake pops possible!
PS: When making your own cake pops, in addition to considering Naturally Nora, you may want to use plain, non-colored chocolate or white chocolate candy coating and all-natural colored decorating ingredients like these by India Tree available through Amazon!