It has been decades since I’ve tried Duncan Hines Cake Mixes, so this is an informational review post only. I cannot give this product line a rating or offer personal notes on the taste, texture, etc. But if you have tried it, please do leave a comment with your own review!
Updated! Duncan Hines Cake Mixes were a standard at many of our childhood celebrations, and continue to be a way for people to produce a spot on, birthday-worthy, cost-effective dessert with little fuss and no muss! Plus, the flavors have been specially formulated (in a lab no less!) to perfectly greet our taste buds, and the leavening is added in just the right ratios to create a nearly foolproof cake.
Though Duncan Hines Cake Mixes don’t make it into my shopping cart these days (please note that they contain many artificial ingredients and hydrogenated oils), they are a go-to for millions of people. These highly accessible boxes have gained quite a following in the dairy-free community, especially when frugality and ease is in order. Yes, most Duncan Hines Cake Mixes are Kosher Parve (OU) and contain no dairy ingredients . But use caution, as some do contain milk. At last check, I found the following varieties to be milk-free by ingredients (always verify for yourself as ingredients and labeling can change!):
- Classic White
- Classic Devil’s Food
- Classic Butter Golden
- Classic Yellow
- Classic Dark Chocolate Fudge
- Classic Butter Recipe Fudge
- Signature Spice
- Signature Swiss Chocolate
- Signature German Chocolate
- Signature Strawberry
- Signature Confetti
- Signature Blue Velvet
- Signature Fudge Marble
- Signature Lemon Supreme
- Signature Pineapple
- Signature Red Velvet
- Signature Angel Food
- Signature Pink Velvet
- Decadent Carrot
- Black and White Cupcake (with frosting)
- Chocolate Lover’s Decadent Cupcake (with frosting)
- Spring Velvets (seasonal)
- Autumn Velvets (seasonal)
- Summer Velvets (seasonal)
- Holiday Velvets (seasonal)
- Caramel Apple Decadent Cupcake (with frosting & seasonal)
- Pumpkin Spice Decadent Cupcake (with frosting & seasonal)
Again, this is just a list to give you ideas for what Duncan Hines Cake Mixes might be accessible for dairy-free needs. Always read the ingredient statement and verify on processes where severe milk allergies are concerned!
Make it Vegan
The dairy-free Duncan Hines Cake Mixes are typically vegan, too (the Angel Food Cake does contain eggs). However, they call for eggs in the instructions. To circumvent this, you can use 1 15-ounce can of pumpkin or 1 12-ounce carbonated beverage (soda water, cola, etc) in place of the eggs, oil, AND liquid called for.
Dairy-Free Duncan Hines Frosting
If you need a convenient topping, some of the Frosting Tubs are dairy-free, too! Please note that like the Duncan Hines Cake Mixes, the Frosting Tubs are made with highly processed ingredients. That said, I found the following flavors were made without milk ingredients.
- Creamy Home-Style Classic Vanilla
- Creamy Home-Style Coconut Pecan
- Creamy Home-Style Buttercream
- Creamy Home-Style Classic Chocolate
- Creamy Home-Style Dark Chocolate Fudge
- Creamy Home-Style Lemon Supreme
- Creamy Home-Style Cream Cheese (not the Whipped!)
- Creamy Maple Spice (seasonal)
- Creamy Salted Caramel
- Creamy Chocolate Mint (seasonal)
- Whipped Vanilla
- Whipped Fluffy White
- Whipped Chocolate
This is for informational purposes only. Always read the label and check with the manufacturer if potential cross-contamination is an issue for you.
The Facts on Duncan Hines Cake Mixes
Certifications: Many of the Duncan Hines Cake Mixes are Certified Kosher Parve.
Dietary Notes: By ingredients, these Duncan Hines Cake Mixes are dairy-free / non-dairy, and most are also egg-free, nut-free, peanut-free, vegan / plant-based, and vegetarian. Nonetheless, always read the ingredient statement and check with the company on their manufacturing processes for all varieties if potential allergen cross-contamination is an issue for you. Processes and labeling are subject to change at any time for any company / product.
For More Product Information: Visit the Duncan Hines website at www.duncanhines.com.