Duff Goldman by Gartner Studios Review and Giveaway

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giveawayimageThe great folks at Gartner Studios sent me some Duff Goldman products this week to review. I was curious to try this brand after seeing some of his interesting products on the shelves at Michaels before. Have you ever watched Food Network’s Ace of Cakes? Duff Goldman is the baker and creator of that show! Duff Goldman by Gartner Studios is the bakeware and cake decorating product line that was created to bring his unique style of baking to your home.

Receiving these products was exciting for me because they are flavors I don’t usually work with. Here’s a run down of the products:

  • Duff Goldman by Gartner Studios Red Velvet Cake Mix – Duff’s premium cake mixes use low protein and low gluten flour, which makes for a lighter, fluffier cake.
  • Duff Goldman by Gartner Studios Raspberry Cake and Cupcake Filling – Add a flavorful, tasty center to cakes and cupcakes with Duff’s zingy new Raspberry filling. It’s extra delicious when paired with Buttercream or Cream Cheese frosting. Which brings me to the last product for review:
  • Duff Goldman by Gartner Studios Cream Cheese Ready to Serve Frosting – Reach for the most delicious, easily spreadable frosting available, from the Duff Goldman by Gartner Studios collection. Other delicious flavors include: Fudge, Chocolate, and White.

IMG_3329Over the years I’ve noticed a negative stigma attached to boxed cake mixes and pre-made baking products. I know that “from scratch” recipes usually turn out better quality products and allow for experimentation more easily, but boxed mixes have their place too! When my boyfriend and I were making these red velvet cupcakes this week, he commented how much easier and less of a hassle it was to use these Duff products than it was the last time he helped me make cupcakes from scratch. It really was a lot easier and created much less of a mess to clean up later too. That’s why I don’t look down on boxed mixes. They definitely have their place when you just want to make a quick batch of cupcakes without having to devote your whole afternoon to them.

The Duff red velvet cake mix was simple to mix together. All you needed was some water, eggs, and oil. The batter itself was a little thinner than I expected, but didn’t effect the final product negatively. In fact they were very light and airy while still having a density that made them hold up well. The batter had a lot of red dye in it though. So much so that it stained my skin! But it washed off fairly easily. I’m not sure how easily it would have washed out of clothing though, so that’s something to keep in mind. Look how red it was!


The ready-to-use raspberry filling came in a sealed plastic bag, so I just snipped off a corner and squeezed it into the centers of the cupcakes after coring them out with a large frosting tip. Then I took the center part out of the frosting tip, cut off the excess cake and placed the top part back on the cupcake once I filled it. The filling is sweet and slightly tart. If you like really tart raspberry flavor you might find this a bit sweet, but it isn’t overpoweringly sweet. And it paired well with the cream cheese frosting flavor.

coringcupcakeThe cream cheese frosting was one of the best canned cream cheese frostings I’ve ever tasted. It was also sweeter than most homemade cream cheese frostings I’ve made. Its main draw back was that it was rather thin so it isn’t very good for piping tall frosting. Whipping it and maybe adding a little powdered sugar to it might help thicken it a bit, but it’s best for frosting with a spatula in a thin layer on top of the cake. These cupcakes didn’t need a lot of frosting though, because there was already so much flavor in them. The the slight cream cheese flavor definitely went well with the red velvet and raspberry flavors of this cupcake.


Overall, I was very impressed with these products from Duff Goldman by Gartner Studios. I was worried they’d taste dull because they are a mass produced product, but surprisingly, they had a lot of flavor and nice consistency. I would definitely recommend these products to others, especially those who want quality cupcakes in a short amount of time.



You can find these products at several stores including Michaels, select Walmart and Target stores, or online at www.duff.com.


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One lucky reader will win their own package of Duff products! The package will have the same items I reviewed above including the Red Velvet Premium Cake Mix, Raspberry Cake and Cupcake Filling, and Cream Cheese Ready to Serve Frosting.

Open to U.S. residents of all ages only. Giveaway ends 6/30/13 at 11:59 pm EST.

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****I received these products free of charge for an honest review of the products. I was not compensated monetarily for this review and all opinions are my own.****
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51 thoughts on “Duff Goldman by Gartner Studios Review and Giveaway

  1. I have tried some of duffs cake mixes in the past and I must say they were pretty good. Would love to try these!

  2. I have not heard of Duff’s products of TV show before. This prize package looks YUMMY! It reminds me of Black Forrest cake. Thank you for the chance to win!

  3. I have heard of the show but I have never watched nor have I ever seen any of his products at the store.

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  6. I’ve watched Ace of Cakes many times! Haven’t tried any of his baking products yet but did taste his red velvet ice cream from Blue Bunny. YUMMY!!

  7. Love Duff! Miss his show. I’ve seen his products at Michaels, but haven’t had a chance to use them. Would love to try them. Red Velvet is one of my faves!!!

  8. I love his show but I haven’t tried his mixes, never seen them in stores near me. Would love to try them one day though!

  9. Yes I have seen them, but didn’t realize he had his own line of products! This would be for my son who love to cook and loves Duff! Thanks!

  10. I’ve seen the Duff products in JoAnn, but I’ve never had the chance to try them out. Would like to give them a shot!

  11. I have never heard of these products before, nor have I ever seen the show. Perhaps I live in a boring area 🙂

  12. I love Duff’s show. I haven’t seen it in a while. But it use to make me laugh. He is so creative with his cakes and so funny with his staff.

  13. I have seen Ace of Cakes a few times and Diff was on Diners, Drive Ins and Dive with my main man Guy Fieri. Thanks so much for hosting this giveaway!


  14. I have watched many shows with Duff, starting with his appearances on Food Network Challenges. I have not seen any of his baking supplies in the store. I saw the commercials for his red velvet cake ice cream, but never found it around my neighborhood.


  15. I see Duff products at Michaels. I love baking cup cakes and making cakes .thank you for this give away 🙂

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  17. I love Duff Goldman’s shows they make so hungry. Ive also seen his products at Michael’s and AC Moore, I actually used his fondant for my wedding cake.

  18. I did not know that he sold his own products, so I will definitely look for them in stores and online! I love the filling idea.

  19. I haven’t seen any of his products in the stores yet but I love his cake decorating show. I had so much fun decorating theme cakes for all 5 kids every year for all their birthdays and holidays and even just for a small holiday like april fools day.

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