Food Network star Ree Drummond offers quick, easy and delicious recipes. Whether savory or sweet, The Pioneer Woman the host’s dishes are satisfying winners.
However, according to Food Network reviewers, a cake recipe from Drummond’s was a bit of a miss, leaving these home cooks perplexed and more than a little disappointed.
Drummond’s cakes are typically big hits with her fans, especially her Dump Cake
From her Top Secret Chocolate Cake recipe to her Knock-You-Naked Brownies, Ree Drummond’s cakes and desserts are reliable crowd-pleasers. Drummond herself is a recognizable home cook who is adored by fans for her large family and an equally large arsenal of downright delicious dishes.
An example of this is her Dump Cake, the ultimate easiest dessert.
As Drummond writes on her Pioneer Woman blogIt comes along with just a handful of ingredients: “The Cast of Characters: Cherry Pie Filling, Crushed Pineapple, Yellow (or White) Cake Mix, Margarine, and Butter. Dump 1 can of cherry pie filling into a baking dish. (I used 9 x 13). Then dump (do we see a pattern here?) 1 can of crushed pineapple in the bowl.”
The pie filling and crushed pineapple are stirred together and then the cake mix is ”sprinkled” over the mixture, followed by a stick of margarine and half a stick of butter, sliced and spread over the dry cake mix. It is baked at 350 degrees for 45 minutes to 1 hour, or “until the top is bubbly.”
Ree Drummond’s yellow cake is one of her lowest-rated recipes on the Food Network site
Her Yellow Cake with Chocolate Buttercream Frosting received a few dozen three-star reviews on the culinary channel’s website, falling far short of the host’s more typical five-star ratings.
While some home cooks were pleased with the recipe, many others seemed disappointed with the texture of the cake.
“The cake looked fluffy and was soft to the touch but dry dry dry, we had more than one [glass] add milk,” wrote one reviewer.
Another home cook said: “I should have read the reviews. I was hugely disappointed. This was the driest cake I have ever eaten. I followed the directions to the T. … What a waste of half a dozen eggs and half a pound of butter.”
Others corroborated these reviews with comments such as “This cake was so dry; it was horrible” and “comprised of complete and utter dryness.”
One comment summed up the negative feelings, writing, “Sorry, Ree, no hit…probably your only recipe I didn’t like.”
Check out Drummond’s recipe and reviews on the Food Network site†
Her glaze was also a disappointment to some reviewers
While home cooks on the Food Network site focused primarily on her cake recipe, Drummond’s glaze also earned low ratings from some reviewers.
While there were those who said the frosting was “the stuff dreams are made of” and “delicious,” quite a few others thought otherwise.
“The icing was way, way too sweet. My two kids who have a huge sweet tooth said so. That they told me it was too sweet was definitely a big thing. Don’t think I’d try this one again and I LOVE Ree!” wrote one reviewer.
Another agreed, saying, “On the frosting (WAY too sweet), I almost halved the sugar and increased the cocoa powder to 1 cup+.”
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