I don't know what is up with Trader Joe's products and the cooking directions. But this is another case of me telling you- don't go by the package. This is not to be confused by me saying don't go buy the package.
Making the cake
So recently, I test out Trader Joe's Beef en Croute and found out pretty quickly the directions were off. Likewise, I'm here to tell you that the directions here are also off.
Ok, I mean the cooking time is off. Like not even close.
Before I even tell you what this tastes like, please make sure you stay close to this product as it bakes.
By default, whenever I test something I usually try it 5 minutes early. But when the directions say something needs to be in the oven for at least an hour, then I start checking at least 10 minutes early.
It's a good thing I did.
At 45 minutes, this was done. I saw online some people said theirs was done in about 35 minutes.
So please, keep an eye on this.
Now that you've been warned about the cooking time, let's dive into making this.
For the most part, I'm really bad about reading directions. I think a lot of people are. The first thing they want you to do is to remove some of the top layers and set it aside for later.
I know a lot of people will just dump this jar into a mixing bowl. But when I dumped mine out, everything came out except for the brown sugar. It was a brick and needed the help of a knife to cut it to get it out.
Otherwise, all this requires is 3 eggs, a bit of water, and 1 stick plus 2 tbsp of butter.
A quick mix and into a loaf pan (which is kinda weird for a cake but whatever).
And out of the jar, everything came together as directed. Some stroopwafel bits were put to the side and placed on top before baking.
I always check baked goods early especially since this stated 55-60 minutes of bake time. I set a timer for 45 minutes, but I walked past the oven at 37 minutes and it looked nearly done. At 45 mine was totally done.
Out of the oven and cooled, this was a tasty cake that is a basic caramel flavor.
Nothing too standout. But a solid caramel flavored cake with stroopwafel bits on the top.
The stroopwafel bits didn't really seem to stand out in the fully baked cake.
But the cake (er...loaf?) was still solid. If I had to do it again, I'd make this in a round cake pan rather than a loaf to make sure I get fewer edges.
For $4.49 this isn't a cheap mix, but the end result is good. It probably won't wow either. But it was fun to try and when you deal with packaging like this then realistically you are looking to give this to someone as a gift.
Would I buy this again? For me, Trader Joe's Stroopwafel Cake Baking Mix is a one-time purchase. I prefer my standard yellow cake mix to this.
Did you try it? Let me know what you think in the comments section!
A visual rundown
The jar of Trader Joe's Stroopwafel Cake Baking Mix:
The nutritional information
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Trader Joe's Stroopwafel Cake Baking Mix
Product Name: Trader Joe's Stroopwafel Cake Baking Mix-
Product Description: Trader Joe's Stroopwafel Cake Baking Mix is new but seasonal.
Trader Joe's Stroopwafel Cake Baking Mix is a new seasonal mix.
- Trader Joe's Stroopwafel Cake Baking Mix is a nice seasonal mix
- Looks pretty in its packaging
- Decent caramel flavored cake.
- Baking time is way off. Stay close.
- Stroopwafel didn't really standout after baking it.
It's a fun idea for sure. I wonder if you could elevate it making stroopwafel upside down cake. Take an entire piece of stroopwafel and then pour over yellow cake batter. Add some swirls of caramel.