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Friday, March 06, 2009

Naturally Nora Baking Products Review and Giveaway!

A couple of weeks ago, Sarah had the fortune of meeting a woman named Nora, the woman behind a fantastic all-natural baking products company called Naturally Nora. On her website, Nora discusses how the Naturally Nora brand was created:

"I used to make cakes from ordinary boxed mixes. Then one day I learned what was in them! I knew I could make something better and with all-natural ingredients. So I set out to create delicious cakes that my family would love and I could feel good about. Using all-natural ingredients you can't find anywhere else, I created desserts that I am now delighted to share with you. Naturally Nora mixes are made with
All-natural ingredients, NO artificial colors, flavors or preservatives, NO hydrogenated oils, and Lots of Love! Additionally, the mixes don't contain any dairy, soy, peanuts or tree nuts and are kosher too. (Although, they are produced in a facility that also uses milk, soy and tree nuts.)"

Nora and Sarah had exchanged contact information at that fortuitous meeting and shortly thereafter, a box of Naturally Nora's yummy mixes were delivered to Sarah's door. Knowing my passion for continually finding new all-natural and organic products for my family, Sarah gave me both a cake and an icing mix to try out. And, boy were we eager to taste it!

One of my oldest daughter's favorite activities is baking, so we rolled up our sleeves and dived into making our Surprising Stars Yellow Cake Mix with Chocolate Cookie Stars and our Extraordinary Vanilla Frosting Mix. Soon, the cake was ready to be iced. I always buy the ready to eat icing in the plastic tubs and had never made a frosting mix before. I was surprised by how easy it was. The only word of caution I have is to follow the instructions closely. It warns that if the melted butter that you add is too hot, your icing can be runny. I did put the butter in a little too warm, and my icing did seem thin, but no less delicious. Next time I will be sure to heed Nora's advice to have a thicker frosting.

We got the cake made and were waiting patiently for dessert! Once we tasted the cake, we were all very pleased. Each of us enjoyed the cake tremendously, and the fresh, homemade taste really shone through. I really liked that the cake was dense and moist. The icing was fantastic too. It was sweet without being too over the top. I loved these products and can't wait to try more!

Naturally Nora has an array of cake and frosting flavors to choose from. Check out their website to see their full product line and to find retailers near you! Here in Chester County, the products are carried in local Acme markets as well as at Whole Foods.

Would you like to try this all-natural deliciousness for yourself? If so, we have a Naturally Nora's ALot'A Dots Yellow Cake Mix with Bits of Color as well as a Surprising Stars Frosting Mix to give away to one lucky Chester County Moms Blog reader.

To enter this contest, please leave a comment on this post and include your email address in your comment. This contest ends on 3/11 at midnight. The winner will be notified via email. Only 1 entry per per person; all duplicate entries will be deleted. Good luck!


Kim Lastrina said...

I would be very interested in trying this! Sounds yummy and with better ingredients who wouldn't?

Also wondering if there are other flavors?

Kim Lastrina

Katiebear said...

OMG, I would love to try this. My daughter's birthday is on the 31st and this would be perfect :)


Krisanne said...

Thanks for sharing! I'll keep my eye out for their products, looks yummy!

Carolyn G said...

These look like great products. Thanks for the giveaway

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Dawn Grieco said...

Would love to try this. . anything to have more natural ingredients!!:) I checked out the website and was excited to see them at the local Acme!

Erika said...

You guys know I love to bake :) Hope to win some to try!

Kerrie said...

What a great article!!
I have been baking all my family's cakes and making the frosting from scratch just to avoid the nasty ingredients in the mixes and frosting tubs - my kids seem happy with them but sometimes I wish they could have the "fun cakes" - and I'd love the convenience!! I'll be looking for these at our Acme.

karen said...

Though I am all about homemade desserts, a box cake and frosting with NO HYDROGENATED OILS sounds great. I'd love to try it.Also the stars are too cute.

Kac123 said...

I am not a home-made maker of anything.... - so this sounds like something I could easily make and good for all!

Julie said...

ooo this sounds good.

Julie said...

This sounds perfect!

ChrisStu said...

yum!! i love the one with the dots, being a huge fan of party cake! can't wait to try them