Friday, April 16, 2010

Betty Crocker Sweet Spring Treats Review and Giveaway!

I love to bake. This may not be something that comes up very frequently, but I do. I take pride in making J special cakes for his birthday every year (ok, so twice so far...) and I used to be the designated cake-maker for my lab in graduate school. When I was given a chance to participate in a review and giveaway for a Betty Crocker Sweet Spring Treats gift set, I thought Yay, I have an excuse to make a cake! Yeah, I'm a little bit of a nerd that way. Anyway, my beautiful gift set consisted of a $25 Safeway gift card, a coupon for a free Betty Crocker product, and these beauties (a silicon baking pan, a fantastic mixing bowl, a sweet red oven mitt, and a Betty Crocker mixing spoon, in case you can't see):
(We bought some Devil's food cake mix and some Rich and Creamy chocolate frosting. Mmmm.)

I can't actually remember the last time I bought cake mix, I nearly always make everything I bake from scratch. I had forgotten how easy Betty Crocker cake mixes are! I mean, you literally add 3 ingredients. That's it! There weren't even any adjustments necessary for high altitude, which is nice. I think we're at 5700 feet, so this is something that comes up from time to time.


Anyway, I was able to get a 9" round cake and a dozen cupcakes from one box of mix. I should mention that this red spoon is absolutely perfect for spooning cake batter into cupcake papers. My skills are a little sad, but the spoon is the perfect shape!


It baked up very nice and fluffy.  I hadn't tried the Devil's food flavor before but it is really yummy. C and I actually each had a cupcake as soon as they were cool enough to eat (along with a glass of milk = perfection).

I have to say that I really enjoyed the excuse to make a cake from a mix. It was easier than making it from scratch, and still pretty darn tasty. Also, while I didn't do this , you can check out http://www.bakesweetmemories.com/ and view a ton of really cute spring treat ideas from Betty Crocker. They also have coupons that you can load directly onto your Safeway card, so that's neat. Nothing beats a sweet slice of cake after a hard day of spring cleaning!

Now, on to the part you've all been waiting for! You, too, can be the owner of this fantastic baking set!

Is it wrong to love a bowl? Because I really love that shiny silver bowl.

**GIVEAWAY CLOSED**
One lucky reader will win a $25 Safeway gift card, a red oven mitt, Betty Crocker mixing spoon, a lovely mixing bowl, and a silicon baking dish!

How do you enter, you ask? Let me tell you!

One entry for responding here telling me your favorite part about Spring. You must include your email address!

Additional entries (please leave your email address in each additional entry so I can contact you if you win):
1. Follow my blog and leave a comment telling me that you've done so, or that you already follow my blog.
2. Blog about this giveaway, and leave a comment linking to your blog post.
3. Tweet about this giveaway, making sure to include @simplytena in your tweet. Please leave a comment telling me you've done so as well as mentioning your Twitter name so I can verify each entry.

Good luck!

This giveaway is open to residents of the United States only. The giveaway will close at 11:59 MST on Friday, April 16th.

Disclosure:
I was provided with a VIP coupon, prize pack, and $25 Safeway gift card for myself and a prize pack with a $25 Safeway gift card to give away by Betty Crocker and Safeway through MyBlogSpark. All opinions expressed in this post are mine alone.

44 comments:

Drew said...

My favorite part about spring is planting my garden
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Karin said...

I love to see the lilacs blooming! They smell so heavenly.

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Kallie said...

I love seeing the tulips come up!

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todds_wife said...

My favorite part about spring is being able to get our patio "up and running" again. Warm months always bring everyone running to our house, and I love it!

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Kate said...

My favorite part of spring is tulips and daffodils!
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Terri said...

My favorite part about spring is taking afternoon walks with my daughter.
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Shawn said...

My favorite part about spring is not having to bundle all up to take the dog for a walk.

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branham said...

My favorite thing about spring is dining alfresco.

Anonymous said...

my fav part of spring is the flowers- esp tulips!
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Lori Sifuentes said...

I love how the sun warms my skin. I love that feeling.

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Shelley said...

I love to start my garden each spring. Thanks
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JenCala said...

My favorite part about Spring is being able to spend time outdoors with my son!

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Anonymous said...

When outdoors turns into an explosion of green.

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Lindsay said...

I love the warmer weather and flowers!

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JC said...

I like the weather of Spring!

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Kathryn said...

My favorite part is the flowers, the flowers, the flowers.

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Anonymous said...

My favorite part about Spring is everything blooming. It's beautiful!

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Lainey W said...

My favorite part of spring is planting my garden.

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Val said...

My favorite part of Spring is the longer days, flowers, bbq, and the birds chirping.

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Z said...

such an awesome giveaway, thank you!

my favorite part of spring is flowers - everywhere!

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Alea said...

My favorite part of spring is daffodils!

Mami2jcn said...

My favorite part about spring are the butterflies.

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Anonymous said...

My favorite part about this spring is the wonderful weather!

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Jennai said...

My favorite part of Spring is the availability of fresh Strawberries and Cherries!
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Kristine Michelle said...

My favorite part of spring is seeing the hills behind our house turn green!
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JL said...

My favourite part of spring is seeing all the spring flowers popping up and hearing the birds chirping in the morning

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Katie said...

favorite part of spring is baseball!

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Mari said...

My favorite part of spring is watching the migratory birds congregate around my feeders.

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