REVIEW: Duncan Hines Perfect Size for 1 Cake Mixes (Confetti Cake and Chocolate Lover’s Cake)

Duncan Hines Perfect Size for 1 Funtastic Confetti Cake Mix

It goes without saying that the internet has given us many beautiful things. Memes, for instance, provide a necessary distraction from work, school, or the ads at the beginning of YouTube videos. Likewise, I’m not sure if I could survive a day without having my lame Baltimore Orioles spring training observations liked by random strangers.

But all these things pale in comparison to the internet’s greatest gift: the proliferation of mug cake popularity.

I used to be firmly against the mug cake. For starters, they’re just not practical. I like my cake after exceptionally large dinners with my belt loosened and eaten while sipping coffee. From what, may I ask, do I drink coffee from if I’m eating cake in my coffee mug? The cake pan?

And then there’s the issue of measuring out ingredients and having things like flour, eggs, and oil on hand. Frankly, I’m lucky if I have leftover McGriddles in my fridge. The odds of having all those ingredients in my apartment are worse than maneuvering a modified YT 1300 light freighter through an asteroid field.

That said, Duncan Hines new Perfect Size for 1 Cake Mixes are doing a lot to change my thinking, thanks largely to a dummy approach that involves nothing more than a few tablespoons of water and a mug. Thankfully, I do, in fact, own a sink.

The new mug cake packets come in 18 flavors, which, let me be honest, is more cake than anyone really needs. So it made sense to start with the essentials: A birthday cake flavor and something chocolaty.

Duncan Hines Perfect Size for 1 Funtastic Confetti Cake Mix 2

The Confetti Cake is surprisingly good —- much better than your standard Pillsbury Doughboy Funfetti, if you ask me. I got notes of a strong vanilla and buttercream element throughout the cake, which was light and fluffy yet still moist. The little bursts of sprinkled sweetness provide a great touch, especially when you consider that you don’t have to eat them at a ten-year-old’s birthday party. My only complaint is that there’s a slight aftertaste and grittiness of uncooked flour.

Duncan Hines Perfect Size for 1 Decadent Chocolate Lover s Cake Mix

Weary of the uncooked flour, I upped the cooking time by a whopping ten seconds on the Chocolate Lover’s Cake, which I imagine was inspired by all the past cake’s on Pinterest which were made for somebody’s DH. That, or the marketing folks ate it and proclaimed it to taste like the love child of a chocolate chip muffin and chocolate angel food cake. In this they were spot on. There’s a lightness and airy structure to the crumb, but there’s definitely a moist, rich element that explodes with little morsels of semisweet chocolate. This cake was excellent, even sans frosting.

Duncan Hines Perfect Size for 1 Decadent Chocolate Lover s Cake Mix 2

Certainly, my mug cakes weren’t Pinterest quality in appearance, but I can live with that. In fact, since the Perfect Size for 1 Cakes only take about a minute to make, I plan on ditching cake porn altogether and investing even more quality time with memes while, as they say, having my cake and eating it too.

(Nutrition Facts – 1 pouch – Confetti Cake – 270 calories, 50 calories from fat, 6 grams of fat, 3 grams of saturated fat, 0 grams of trans fat, 40 milligrams of cholesterol, 370 milligrams of sodium, 50 grams of carbohydrates, less than 1 gram of dietary fiber, 30 grams of sugar, and 3 gram of protein. Chocolate Lover’s – 300 calories, 80 calories from fat, 9 grams of fat, 6 grams of saturated fat, 0 grams of trans fat, 40 milligrams of cholesterol, 380 milligrams of sodium, 53 grams of carbohydrates, 2 grams of dietary fiber, 32 grams of sugar, and 4 gram of protein.)

Purchased Price: $2.50 each
Size: 4-pack
Purchased at: Walmart
Rating: 7 out of 10 (Confetti)
Rating: 8 out of 10 (Chocolate Lover’s)
Pros: Incredibly easy to make, even for the most kitchen averse people. Moist yet fluffy cake element combines best of muffin, poke cake, and angel cake worlds. More time for memes.
Cons: Varieties do not include chocolate eclair or pumpkin cheesecake. Undercooked cake has gritty texture and aftertaste. Will explode if you add to much water.

7 thoughts on “REVIEW: Duncan Hines Perfect Size for 1 Cake Mixes (Confetti Cake and Chocolate Lover’s Cake)

  1. These look so good…I miss those Betty crocker warm delights so these are exciting to me. Honestly, I like the concept so much and the cute-ness factor that, even if the taste is lacking, I’m not sure I’d care! So it is a bonus that they seem to be tasty too. I think it just needs some milk or a scoop of ice cream. I hope people will review the others too.. so many choices, so I want advice on which to try first. Super interested in the lemon, the muffins, and the confetti, so I’m glad the latter was reviewed here. I’d also like to know how the many chocolate varieties compare. Walmart here I come!

  2. Yesssss… omg I’m so happy these reviewed high. My trips to Walmart left me empty handed of these, but I just found a coupon via another store sooooo.. I’m hopeful I can find these. They’d be perfect at work.. a little treat for myself after running around.

  3. I am an experienced baker and made this mug cake tonight for my 20+ year old son. I used milk instead of water as suggested in the “Tip.”

    We BOTH thought the cake was awful!!

    There was NO vanilla taste like a previous contributor described! In fact, it hardly had ANY taste.

    Saying it was BLAND would be an understatement!!!! The raw batter taste 100% better than when it was cooked!

    My son suggested we add some whip cream or frosting to the finished cake. The Canned Buttercream frosting tasted so much better than the cake! We scraped the frosting off the cake and ate that, and threw away the cake!

    This Mug Cake did NOT taste anything like the “full size” Confetti Cake Mix.

    RECOMMENDATION: Don’t waste your money! The 4 pack is pricey @ $2.50.
    The Duncan Hines Cake Mixes were on sale for $.99!

  4. I tried the cinnamon coffee cake and I thought it was tasty. I am not a huge cake eater so if I made a whole large cake, it would just go to waste or I’d end up eating it in one sitting. These are great portion control and they are super fast and easy to make so they are great for a treat while on break at work. I highly recommend. Just be sure to stir VERY well and scrape the sides & bottom like the instructions say. I cooked mine 10 seconds longer on accident and it turned out perfect so I would recommend doing that off the get go. I can’t wait to try the lemon!

  5. I have tried the Banana and Chocolate and love them for quick snack will go back and buy more cant wait to try the others.

  6. Wanted to love and cherish these mug cakes. However when I read the carbohydrate count, I felt absolutely deflated and sad. I can only have 60 carbs. per meal, as I am diabetic, darn! The two nutrition facts I read were around 50 & 60. Unless it’s my birthday, I’ll be leaving those carb-infested beauties on the shelf and out of that aisle! Sadly, I don’t belong there, speaking only of myself. Other diabetics do what you want, but I’m the boss of my body!
    Everyone else enjoy!!!

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