My mother visited us for her birthday last month. She has recently gone gluten free, but my kids were insistent that it is not a birthday without a cake! I was short on time (seems to be the story of my life lately) - but I thought I could still manage to come up with something. There are some boxed gluten free cake mixes available, but the only one I could find was a yellow cake. And I don't know about you, but to me birthday cake should be chocolate. So I poked around online (I love the internet!) and found that it is easy to make a chocolate cake from a yellow cake mix. I used two boxes of Betty Crocker Gluten Free Yellow Cake Mix - I added about a cup of cocoa powder and maybe about a quarter cup of extra sugar. I also replaced the water called for in the mix with coffee. I always do this with chocolate cake - it's a simple way to make a boxed cake taste really good. I used a decaf Starbucks Via instant coffee - I knew my kids were going to be the primary audience for this cake, and they didn't need the extra caffeine. And I folded in some chocolate chips.
It was yummy! The flavor was just right, perfect chocolate cake flavor. I thought the texture was a little dry, but otherwise you really would never have known it was gluten free. I think maybe next time I would add a little sour cream or something to moisten it up, but the chocolate chips also helped. And I am so happy to know that it is so easy to make a delicious gluten free cake.