One of Our Favorite Baking Bloggers Just Dropped a Line of Easy, Elegant Mixes
Any home cook knows there's no shame in using a boxed mix for cake, pancakes, cookies, or other baked goods. In fact, some of our best baking recipes start with boxed cake mix. And truth be told, baked mixes are often just as good as (if not better than) scratch-made recipes. Because even though we love the ceremony of measuring flour, baking soda, and all the other dry ingredients, there's no denying the pleasure in combining a full mix with a few wet ingredients, and putting a quick bread right into the oven or a pancake batter straight onto the griddle.
So imagine how excited we are to bake with the new Joy the Baker baking mixes. If you don't know Joy, she's a bubbly New Orleans-based food blogger, baker, cake decorator, and cookbook author. She's also a great follow on Instagram for her kitchen creations, recipes, and product recommendations.
Her newest venture, however, might be the most exciting to us. She's released an exclusive line of baking mixes at Williams Sonoma for sheet cakes, muffins, pancakes, and more.
Need an elegant brunch in a pinch? (Mother's Day and Father's Day are coming up, hint hint) She's got an Oatmeal Cookie Pancake mix, if you can believe that deliciousness. There's also a mix for Carrot Cake Pancakes and Blueberry Pancake Muffins.
But if you've got breakfast handled and instead need some easy and impressive dessert ideas, look no further. This new line includes mixes for a Vanilla Sheet Cake with Praline Glaze (she lives in New Orleans, after all), a Chocolate Sheet Cake with Neapolitan Frosting, and lastly, an Espresso Chocolate Sheet Cake with Peanut Butter Frosting.
If you'd love to bake with Joy, you can also sign up for a May 18 cooking class with her. Based on a class I had with Joy several years ago, you will love every minute. She's filled with energy, ideas, and good laughs. At the event, Joy will teach participants how to make a sheet cake from scratch and make the Blueberry Pancake Muffins.
Knowing Joy's popularity with the baking community (and how quickly a good baking mix can be snapped up by time-crunched cooks and bakers), we'd add these to your cart sooner than later. They're great to keep on hand for busy weekends when you need an impressive, elegant brunch but don't have the time for a complicated menu. The dessert mixes are great, too, for these post-COVID get-togethers when everyone's looking to see what new skills people learned while we were safely hidden away. We won't tell them it's a mix if you won't. (You can always put your own spin on it with decorations or these tips for making boxed mixes taste homemade.)