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post #1 of 25
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I've been using the Duncan Hines yellow cake mix, and I've noticed it has a weird after taste. Is this normal or could the 2 mixes I've have (which I bought at the same time) were bad or something? I can't describe the taste, but it's really bad. Does anyone have any suggestions about this or other cake mixes that taste better?
post #2 of 25
Could be caused by old dates on mixes. Could be stored around something that had a bad smell, such as fertilizer.
I'd contact the store and complain and I would also contact Duncan Hines.
Hopefully kept the box because it will have numbers on it that will help the company.
post #3 of 25
I've been using Duncan Hines cake mixes for the last 4 years and never had a problem with them tasting bad. But I have never used the yellow cake mix. I use the classic white, devils food, lemon, red velvet and dark chocolate fudge. Love them all that's what I use for all my cake backing. You should try one of the other flavors and see if you like them.
post #4 of 25
I use the butter recipe duncan Hines and i've noticed that the mix is different. My cake sometimes sink in the middle. This never used to happen. Plus it used to taste more like scratch. I'm not liking it so much now.
post #5 of 25
I don't like the butter cake. I use the classic yellow and then enhance it with sour cream, etc. The Butter cake does sink in the middle no matter what I did to correct it and I've been baking cakes for way too many years to mention. LOL I do like all the other flavors.
post #6 of 25
Well now I know I'm not the only one with that problem. I used to bake the Almond pound cake from the cake mix doctor using to butter recipe. But now it almost always sinks. It didn't used to do that. I'm not satisfied with DH lately or the taste.
post #7 of 25
Not really on topic but recently I've been sifting my cake mixes and DH always very rock hard bits in it that can not be crushed.
post #8 of 25
I also sift DH, but I haven't noticed any large clumps or hard pieces. I would check with the store, something doesn't sound right. I also don't use the butter cake for the same reason, it seems to always sink in the middle, no matter what I do. So I always use the Classic Yellow. Good Luck!
post #9 of 25
Thread Starter 
Thank you all! Unfortunately, I live with a Mr. Clean so I no longer have the boxes for either one, so I can't check the dates or anything. I think maybe I'll try the class white next time. I have some cupcakes downstairs from one of the chocolate cakes also.
post #10 of 25
Thread Starter 
I think it must have been the individual boxes of mix. I made another one yesterday and it tastes just fine. Thanks for your help!
post #11 of 25
I noticed the chocolate fudge flavor tasted off in a batch this weekend. I threw them out and made new ones but I do beleive they have changed something.
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post #12 of 25
I used to use DH mixes with good results, but I was not happy with them the last couple of times that I used the yellow mix. I enhanced my mix batter but it didn't help. The cake had no flavor at all- it was bland- like white bread.

I don't make that many cakes, so that limits my experience. I don't use DH or Betty Crocker anymore. They both seem different to me. So far, I'm having great results with Pillbury. I hope that they leave their formula alone and I hope that you find a good alternative for your baking needs, too. icon_smile.gif
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post #13 of 25
i have had problems with duncan hines mixes for a while so I switched to betty crocker. I found bugs small spiders with webs in the plastic bag with the mix.. it was in several mixes of duncan hines orange and lemon and when I contacted the company with all the number and where I purchased them and they didn't do anything. I never got coupons or replacement or an Im sorry. I also noticed that the duncan hines cake mixes have less batter than betty crocker.
The last pilsbury I used was the devils food and I had to rebake it with another mix because it tasted burned but it wasn't. just had an off taste.
I have had to sift betty crockers white cake mixes. It comes out like bisquick with a bland taste, and have had problems with cracks and not baking right. Had my oven checked and called the company to see if they changed anything they said no.. but something had to have changed. They talked to me on the phone like a 5 yr old who had never baked a cake before. They did send me coupons for the messed up mixes and then paperwork on how to bake a cake! boy that did not set well me with! I have been baking the same way with the same mixes for over 32 yrs now.
we have an off brand here not sure who makes it and it has been better tasting and more reliable than some of the name brands. just not available all the time so I guess people really like it better as it sells out quickly.
post #14 of 25
So glad to know I'm not the only one!!! I've found the same types of problems with all the DH flavors except the Classic White - a funny taste, sinking in the middle, and flour (I hope!) that just won't break up no matter how much the mix is beaten... I've used DH for years, but maybe it's time to switch.
post #15 of 25
I guess it's time to start trying some new scratch recipies, I had one that tasted burnt as well but definately wasn't. There was a thread about DH just the other day so something must be going on for it to affect so many of us.
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