Aldi vs Pillsbury Gluten Free Yellow Cake Comparison
All opinions in my honest product comparison between Pillsbury Gluten Free Yellow Cake and Aldi’s liveGfree Gluten Free Yellow Baking Mix are mine and I was not compensated in any way for them.
Have you heard that saying, “I just came for the cake”? That’s my motto. I pretty much avoid social situations, unless there’s cake. The first thing I ask when I’m invited to a gathering is, you guessed it, “Will there be cake?”.
So, you can imagine how devastated I was when I realized gluten was behind all that was going wrong with my body the past few years!
Migraines, joint pain, inflammation, fatigue, stomach pains… it was terrible! All this time my favorite foods in the world were wreaking havoc on my poor body. I thought I’d have to give them up for good because, let’s be honest, gluten-free products cost a fortune when you’re frugal like I am!
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I was thrilled when I found Aldi’s gluten-free line of products called liveGfree. Finally, an affordable gluten-free option! I decided to try the yellow baking mix and see how it held up.
Curious to see if there were other low-cost gluten-free products, I was happy to see Pillsbury had a gluten-free cake option as well!
I thought it would be fun to cook both of these products and give you a broken down comparison, as well as which one I will continue to buy in the future!
Walmart sells the Gluten-Free Pillsbury Classic Yellow Cake mix for $2.48. That’s slightly higher than Aldi’s price tag of $1.99 for their liveGfree Yellow Baking mix. Not a huge difference, but it’s something to consider.
I buy boxed cake mix for convenience. I haven’t, and don’t ever expect to, mastered the skill of baking gluten-free desserts from scratch. So, looking at the ingredients, I would say Pillsbury is the more convenient option. Only needing eggs, oil, and water is super-easy.
The liveGfree cake calls for Vanilla extract, butter, eggs, and milk. Just a little more complicated because I don’t always have all of those ingredients on hand when a cake craving hits.
Both brands offer easy to follow, straight to the point instructions. Neither was more complicated than the other, other than the added ingredients that liveGfree called for.
The Pillsbury cake mix had a much brighter color, living up to the “yellow” in its name. The liveGfree cake mix was more like white cake.
I won’t complain though, because the reason it’s not yellow is that it does not have the artificial dyes that Pillsbury does.
Now, the most important comparison: taste. The Pillsbury cupcake had a strong vanilla flavor. It was very sweet, so I would prefer to eat it as a muffin without frosting. It was a little dry in texture at first, but after a few bites it became quite gummy, and I needed a glass of milk to wash it down.
The liveGfree cupcake had a more subtle flavor. It wasn’t overly sweet and would pair nicely with some chocolate frosting. It was moist and had a pleasant texture that didn’t overwhelm my palate, which was nice.
Whose is better? Aldi or Pillsbury Gluten Free Yellow Cake
After forcing myself to eat one of each of these cupcakes (ha!), and asking for my family’s opinion, one brand came out on top. One brand got six votes, and the other got one.
Based on all of these factors, with taste carrying the most weight, from now on when a cake craving hits, I will be heading to Aldi to buy the liveGfree Yellow Baking Mix!
I am obviously not alone in my choice, because Aldi boasts that this brand has been chosen as the ninth annual Gluten Free Award winner. It even has the Good Housekeeping seal of approval right there on the box!
If you are having to live with gluten sensitivity or allergy but are really craving something delicious, I recommend you head to the nearest Aldi to get yourself some of this liveGfree Yellow Cake Mix!
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