Pillsbury released a chocolate version of its Funfetti cake, but it’s not as tasty (or pretty) as the original

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I was excited to try the chocolate Funfetti mix. Rachel Askinasi/Insider
  • Pillsbury added chocolate to its lineup of Funfetti cake and cupcake mix flavours.
  • At the time of writing, the cake mix was available at Acme, Fresh Thyme, and Menards with a suggested retail price between $US1.30 and $US2.30.
  • The cake only required three ingredients in addition to the mix, which made it easy to pull together.
  • I found the flavour tasted identical to regular chocolate cake rather than reminiscent of classic Funfetti’s birthday-cake flavoring.
  • And while there were sprinkles inside, it was hard to see them all in the finished cake.
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When I first saw the news that Pillsbury came out with a chocolate version of its iconic Funfetti cake, I knew I had to give it a try.

Most of the fun of eating a Funfetti cake, in my opinion, is the unique flavour and the colourful pops of confetti-like sprinkles in every slice. Even though the brand’s original Funfetti cake is yellow in colour, a representative for Pillsbury confirmed to Insider that it has a slightly sweeter flavour than the brand’s classic yellow cake.

When I set out to bake the chocolate version, which hit stores earlier this month, I was sceptical that I’d be able to see the sprinkles in the dark-coloured cake. I was also curious as to whether the cake itself would have a birthday cake flavour, or if this would simply be a chocolate cake with sprinkles inside.

Ingredients cake mix
All I needed were water, oil, and eggs. Rachel Askinasi/Insider

I followed the directions on the back of the box and mixed the water, oil, eggs, and cake mix in a bowl. Looking down, I wasn’t able to see the colourful sprinkles in the raw batter. But, I was hopeful that would change once I baked it.

I, of course, tasted the batter before I put it in the oven. The flavour of the batter was classic chocolate – no complaints here. I loaded the delicious goop into a 9-inch round pan, placed it carefully on the oven rack, closed the door, and set my timer.

Dry mix chocolate funfetti
I was able to see a couple of the sprinkles that were at the top. Rachel Askinasi/Insider

Twenty-nine minutes later I took the cake out of the oven. As soon as I set it on the rack to cool, I noticed that I still couldn’t see the sprinkles.

I was a little bit disappointed, but it still looked and smelled delicious.

Outside of cake chocolatte funfetti
It looked like a normal chocolate cake. Rachel Askinasi/Insider

I let the cake cool a bit before cutting into it.

Cake inside chocolate funfetti
I was able to see some of the sprinkles inside. Rachel Askinasi/Insider

Inside, it wasn’t as bright as I know the original version of Funfetti cake to be, but I was able to see the white, pink, and yellow sprinkles, while the orange, purple, and green sprinkles I saw in the dry batter got lost in the darkness of the cake.

Funfetti
Regular Funfetti cake, like this one made out of the box, tends to be more colourful. Sydney Kramer/Insider

When I tasted the cake, I found it to be lightweight and moist, but I thought it just tasted like any other regular boxed chocolate cake. There was no hint of birthday-cake flair, at least as far as my taste buds could detect.

A representative for Pillsbury later confirmed to Insider that the only difference between the chocolate Funfetti mix and the regular chocolate cake mix is the sprinkles; there is no flavour alteration.

Chocolate funfetti
It tasted good, but not like the iconic Funfetti cake. Rachel Askinasi/Insider

While I, a 25-year-old, thought it was basically the same as regular chocolate cake, I do think the chocolate Funfetti mix makes for a fun dessert for young kids. My 3-year-old niece saw a pink sprinkle in her piece of cake and got so excited. Her review: “The pink part was delicious!”

So, if you’re looking to spice up dessert for kids who prefer chocolate, I think this cake mix is a good option. Just don’t expect the classic flavours of the Funfetti you know and love.

Chocolate Funfetti mix is currently available at Acme, Fresh Thyme, and Menards with a suggested retail price between $US1.30 and $US2.30