Product Review: Pillsbury Sugar Free Cake Mix & Frosting

Please note, this blog is in no way associated with Pillsbury or with any other product I review here.  This is a weightloss surgery blog and I review products that compatible with weightloss surgery.  While comments are welcome and appreciated, please understand that they will not be communicated back to Pillsbury unless of course, they do a search and find this blog.  Thanks.


Last week I found that Pillsbury makes sugar free cake mixes, frostings and brownie mixes now.  I ordered some from, and last night I tried the yellow cake mix and fudge frosting**.

First of all, the cake mix itself mixed up well – and didn’t have a strange texture as I’ve found with other sugar free baking mixes.  The frosting also had a good texture and after a quick taste test (prior to baking…ahem) they had no sicky sweet after taste that can come from sugar free products.

The mix and instructions were your standard – you add 3 eggs, 1 c. of water and 1/3 cup of water.  It does bake at a lower temp than standard mixes – 325 instead of 350.  But it bakes up nice and fluffy and it does come out really moist.

The frosting spread well and retained a good consistancy.

The real test came with the tasting.  It is really good.  It bakes into 12 servings.  I halved that and cut it into 24 pieces (I used a 9X13 pan).  It is moist, not overly sweet, and has a wonderful texture.  All in all, I’d give it 4 out of 5 stars.

Here’s the product info:

FactsServing Size 1/12 package (38g mix) Servings Per Container 12

Amount per ServingCalories 120 Calories from Fat 30

% Daily Value*

Total Fat 3.5g5%

Saturated Fat 1.5g7%

Trans Fat 0g

Total Carbohydrate 29g  10%

Dietary Fiber <1g  3%

Sugars 0g

SugarAlcohol 15g

Cholesterol 0mg  0%

Sodium 280mg  12%

Protein 1g

**NOW – this product says it is sweetened with Splenda, but be warned – it contains sugar alcohols in the form of maltitol – SO, if you decide to bake it up, please for all that is good and holy, only eat the proper portion sizes, or you’ll be running to the bathroom.  AND, even at the approved portion sizes, it may cause gastric distress.


42 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Kelly
    Jul 06, 2010 @ 13:59:02

    Wow! It’s about time! I don’t have a hard time with sugars, but even putting sugar free frosting on a cake will help keep the calories and carb intake down! Thanks for the info!


  2. goldeygrad97
    Jul 06, 2010 @ 15:20:19

    I’m a definite dumper, so I was glad to have found this. I may have to wait until after summer is over to try the other products though – it also comes in a devils food cake, vanilla icing, and then fudge brownie mix and milk chocolate brownie mix. It’s just too danged hot to light up my oven again!

    This will definitely be for a special occasion kind of treat though. The calorie counts listed don’t include the frosting – it’s 90 calories for 2 tbsp of frosting. I only used about half the tub though.


  3. Tina F
    Jul 11, 2010 @ 22:59:26

    Yes! Thanks for this post – cake is one of my weaknesses. It has been one of the hardest things to eliminate on my bariatric diet. I will absolutely give it a try.


  4. Bill
    Jul 24, 2010 @ 23:12:50

    Where can you buy the sugar free cake mix, and espicially the frosting. I live in NJ and can’t find it? I would but it online if a website sells it. If anyone knows, please let me know. Thanks!


  5. goldeygrad97
    Jul 25, 2010 @ 13:21:24

    Bill – I found them online at


  6. shelly
    Sep 06, 2010 @ 14:03:47

    i bought the yellow cake mix last week and just make it and used the chocolate frosting. its yummy and moist. i have only had one pice so fare and loved it. my bf who says he wont eat sugar free stuff like that has almost eaten the whole cake lol. this is great because i have diabetes of course i know it has carbs.


  7. Kari
    Oct 15, 2010 @ 18:08:20

    I had gastric bypass March 2008 and I’m down 120 pounds! I got a tip from one of my weight watcher friends to make cake using one box of mix and one 8 oz. can of DIET 7 up (replaces water, eggs, and oil). It’s very yummy! Just a slight hint of lemon/lime. You can add in a couple egg whites for extra protein. Plus you can skip the frosting if you top it with sugar free cool whip. Very low cal. I recommend cupcakes to keep portions under control. 🙂


  8. Beverly
    Nov 04, 2010 @ 00:24:41

    I found this at a local store yesterday, but they will not continue to carry it. I will have travel about 60 miles to get it or order it online. But it is well worth it! The cake and icing are awesome! My DH and I are diabetic and an occasional treat of this dessert will make us feel almost normal. 🙂


  9. Sue Holbrook
    Feb 06, 2011 @ 21:43:43

    I bought and tried the sugar free yellow cake mix and sugar free chocolate frosting. Made it for my husband’s birthday. He’s a “cakeaholic” and really liked it, but it gave him crazy gas. I am guessing it’s the malitol ingredient. As much I like to save calories whenever possible, I will not buy the sugar free products again because it’s not worth the gas problem for my husband. Thank you.


    • Cynthia
      Mar 07, 2011 @ 17:19:59

      We had the same problem! I made these great “sugar-free” cupcakes with “sugar-free” icing and we all ended up with bad gas and much discomfort.


      • Carol
        Jun 22, 2011 @ 16:33:50

        I was searching on the web for something to explain what a lousey weekend I had with bloating and horrific gas. I had made the sugar free cake and frosting for my husband’s birthday (he is pre diabetic). We took 5 days to eat the cake (just the 2 of us), but whatever the portion size…I guess 1/10 of the cake each serving, I was in great distress…with out of town company, a huge party, and 3 days of events. (The guests and BBQ for 100 had a regular cake.) I am glad to know the source of the trouble and will not use this product again. I’m still eating only oatmeal 3 days later to try to get the insides feeling right again.

  10. Brenda
    Mar 07, 2011 @ 01:46:55

    I tried the Sugar Free chocolate cake mix and frosting and I had to throw it out…it was dry and had no flavor…the frosting was so thick I could hardly spread it…I was very disappointed in this product not to mention wasting 3 eggs on it…we could not even eat it…maybe the reduced sugar cake mixes would be better but these are horrible!


  11. Jackie
    Mar 13, 2011 @ 08:07:00

    Did you notice the 2 grams of trans fat in the sugar free chocolate fudge frosting?


  12. Cindy
    Mar 26, 2011 @ 16:45:45

    I just tried to bake the devils chocolate sugar free cake for a birthday & it looked beautiful coming out of the oven but once it was out it started to shrivel up! Any suggestions of what I might try to relieve this from happening if I try it again? It was baked in a metal pan, don’t know as if that would cause it? Please help with any suggestions thanks!!


  13. Christine
    Mar 30, 2011 @ 02:29:06

    I too, tried this sugar free cake, and it gave me HORRIBLE hot gas all day long…. I couldnt figure out where it came from, until I found it about the Malitol… ugh..not worth it.. theres only a 40 calorie difference from the regular… Id rather have the extra calories and by pass the “pass”.. lol


  14. meryl m. stanford
    Apr 03, 2011 @ 19:32:17

    i found the Pillsbury sugar freecake mix/frosting about 3 weeks ago.iused just have the batter,my husband is on pills plus shotsand checked his sugar real closeand his sugar was fine.I’ve been back to the stores and i can’t find them on shelves.even asked the stores in hometown to check their listings,but can’t order it.NEED HELP.finally find something for sf desserts and now we can’t get. would appreciate any help. thanks meryl stanford 120 Martin St. Poplarville,Ms.39472 ph.6017954766


    • goldeygrad97
      Apr 03, 2011 @ 23:32:57

      Please note this site is not affiliated with Pillsbury – You can order the cake mixes online however through


  15. MominMacomb
    Apr 25, 2011 @ 22:34:31

    Sugar Free Devils Food Cake mix is Ok. Just not as much as a chocolate flavor as the regular mix. However, it is moist. The sugar free frosting is awful! I made cupcakes for my sons teacher who is diabetic and I honestly fear serving them to the class tomorrow! My family says that it takes like cardboard. I think it’s just alright. Wouldn’t try it again. It’s very hard to smear on a moist cooled cupcake. I should have just used a very small amount of the regular frosting. Will be keeping my fingers crossed!


  16. Sue
    Jun 20, 2011 @ 23:20:14

    DO BE WARNED – This DOES cause gastic problems and IT DID in 3 out of 4 family members that ate a slice of cake. All of us had stomach aches, and were in the bathroom the next day ALOT. I don’t think we will buy this anymore. We did not have unusually large slices of the cake. The pain wasn’t worth the pleasure of a slice of sugar free cake.


  17. Roxanna
    Jun 21, 2011 @ 14:40:46

    Um yeah I had two slices of cake with the frosting and I swear to god I suffered from the gas well into the next day after eating it. Therefore be warned! It tastes great at a price.


  18. Elizabeth
    Aug 13, 2011 @ 07:22:57

    We had the same problem with a cake we had at a friend’s home. The cake looked great, yellow cake with chocolate frosting. My poor husband had lots of gas. He was worse off than I was he ate a huge piece, he can’t eat sugar at all he gets very ill. He is Hypoglycemic. I hope the other guest we brought a 93 year old is OK, as we are younger and can survive this, but that much gas can effect someone her age. Will check her out tomorrow. My husband is a chemist, and he figured it out that it must have Malitol. We didn’t make it or read the label on box. You all have mentioned that Malitol is a main ingredient for sweetening the cake. I couldn’t eat it too sweet for me but I must have had enough to give me gas as well. It was great of Pillsbury to come up with a product like this, but maybe they better try Splenda instead and see if that works out better for customers interested in a sugar-free dessert. Thank you Pillsbury. Maybe make a cake where you add your own Splenda at home, this way we can try to see how little we can get away with in our cake mix.


  19. Esther R
    Aug 25, 2011 @ 16:32:21

    Well does anyone have an easy cake recipe I can make that’s sugar free. Need a little cake for bride she’s diabetic. HELP…………..


    • Linda
      Oct 22, 2011 @ 16:08:12

      I have discovered Stevia. It’s an all natural sweetener from the Stevia plant. Japan and Canada as well have been using it for many years. It has no Malitol and no gastric problems are associated with it. I make the cake from the back of the cocoa can and used half sugar and half Stevia. It was so good. I did use the sugar free frosting from Pillsbury. We had no gas or bloating from it and it tasted wonderful. I imagine you might be able to replace the sugar cup for cup, but I had bad luck with Splenda that way, so I didn’t try it.


  20. Mary B
    Sep 11, 2011 @ 08:54:09

    For a decent low-carb, gluten-free, high protein, high fiber cake substitute, Google for “Black Bean Brownies.” (I would have called it light chocolate cake, instead of brownies). I substituted Splenda for the little bit of sugar in the recipe and it worked fine. It is a concoction of black beans, ricotta cheese, eggs and cocoa powder. Variations include using white instead of black beans, leaving out the cocoa and adding carrots or zucchini, and spices. Can make muffins & pancakes with it too. I refrigerate left-overs. I can’t quite see letting beans, eggs & cheese sit around at room temperature. What I froze thawed nicely with a light zap in the micro.


  21. Lindsay
    Feb 11, 2012 @ 05:09:38

    Oh my #()&@, I ate a half of a container of the sugar free fudge frosting (don’t judge me! 😉 and nearly died. I had such bad gas that I had to cancel a dinner date and instead spent that time in the bathroom. I saw the “sweetened with Splenda” and assumed it had no sugar alcohol 😦


    • Jillie
      Apr 28, 2013 @ 14:28:01

      I did the exact same thing…I am throwing it out but was thinking if I needed a “boost” maybe a yummy tasting tablespoon coudld help. NOT-off to the garbage!


    • Elaine Richey
      May 01, 2013 @ 01:26:26

      I guess you ate that half a container of sugar free frosting quite some time ago, lol, but I had to leave this comment, knowing you’d understand…I came home and ate nearly half a container of the sugar free vanilla frosting. So far so good…but I’m starting to hear ominous rumbles down below.


  22. Tina
    Nov 09, 2012 @ 20:58:58

    I thought the sugar free cake & icing was a great idea. It tasted great but….I had a very small piece (thank goodness!!) and boy did I get really bad gas!!!! and my poor 93 year old mother had the runs along with the gas….poor soul. Needless to say, we will never be eating another sugar free cake anytime soon!!!


  23. Tim
    Feb 07, 2013 @ 21:48:19

    As a type 1 diabetic my wife thought this would be an awesome treat, and it was however it threw my blood sugar through the roof! for over a day it was up to 300! I had to admit having two slices in the day didn’t help but that was the only thing out of the ordinary. You are correct also about the gastric part of it, but on a positive note I finished “War and Peace” in the porcelain reading room…


  24. Jillie
    Apr 27, 2013 @ 20:52:33

    I should have read the label bc in the past I had an issue with maltitol-It felt like waht I assume contractions before childbirth feel like. So excrucisting. I had the frosting last night and woke up at 3:30 and 4 and 4:30 etc to use the bathroom. 😦


  25. Jillie
    Apr 27, 2013 @ 20:53:27

    I should have read the label bc in the past I had an issue with maltitol-It felt like what I assume contractions before childbirth feel like. So excruciating. I had the frosting last night and woke up at 3:30 and 4 and 4:30 etc to use the bathroom. 😦


  26. Karen W
    Oct 25, 2013 @ 19:05:18

    Thank you for all the informative posts. I was going to bake cupcakes to take to a birthday party. I think rather than making everyone suffer I will buy a regular full sugar cake mix. I would feel terrible making others uncomfortable.


  27. Vicky Maples
    Jan 11, 2014 @ 22:11:41

    If you want a real good cake try this…I took the Pillsbury yellow sugar-free cake mix, 1/2 cup applesauce instead of oil, 4 eggs, an 11-ounce can of no-sugar added mandarin oranges with the juice, mix and bake at 325 about 30 min. untill toothpick comes out clean. Frost cooled cake (2 layers or 9X13) with Frosting: 1 sugar-free or lite 12 oz. cool whip, 1 15-ounce can of crushed pineapple with juice, 1 3.4 ounce package of sugar-free vanilla pudding. Mix pudding with pineapple and juice, fold in cool whip, frost cake..keep refrigerated…it’s delicious!! I have no idea of calories but know it’s good!!!


  28. Jeff
    May 21, 2014 @ 04:17:37

    I can vouch for the validity of this post. I used the sugar free yellow cake mix and the sugar free white frosting. It came out much better than expected and tasted great just as described.

    However, the cake wasn’t the only thing that came out great. The doctors could use this to prepare you for a colonoscopy! You’ll be ready in an hour or so.


  29. DonnaA
    Jun 04, 2014 @ 16:27:41

    I made cupcakes out of the Devil’s Food Cake Mix & Chocolate Frosting, and only used half of the frosting mix. They tasted delicious to me and I sure have been craving cake. I didn’t have any GI Problems, so far the only artificial sweetener I’ve had problems with is Truvia. I did exercise portion control and am limiting myself to one cupcake. Best news ever is that it didn’t raise my blood sugar.


  30. Michael Di Vinichi
    Dec 21, 2015 @ 21:17:09

    PLEASE BEWARE. This product causes excessive gas, and in some some cases even cramps, bloating and diarrhea. I will never purchase this again. Shame on Pillsbury for marketing such a product!!


    • don amburn
      Nov 08, 2018 @ 18:26:20

      I agree it taste great but the gas was like a nightmare that kept getting worse. I’ll never eat that again.
      I can’t understand why it’s legal, the only thing on the box is on the side after the list of ingredients and the distributed by stickers there is 2 lines of small print “excess consumption may cause a laxative effect” that’s a understatement.


  31. Michael D. Di Vinichi
    Dec 21, 2015 @ 21:27:10

    PLEASE BEWARE. This product causes excessive gas, and even some cases cramps, bloating, and diarrhea. I will never purchase this again. Shame on Pillsbury for marketing such a product!!


  32. Shaun Lewis
    Jan 15, 2016 @ 00:47:08

    Same thing for me as Michael D. Di Vinichi, I had this product a week ago and gotten ill from it, cramps, bloating, and diarrhea, I thought it was something else so today I had a piece of cake and have the same results.


  33. Cathy
    Feb 03, 2016 @ 00:39:42

    Back in May 2015 my sister made me this cake. It was SO good. I had no self control. Within 2 days, I ate 1/2 the cake. The next day my dad polished off 2/3 of the remainder and my husband ate what was left. Gas, diarrhea – I deserved it. My dad, same thing a WEEK later. And my husband, a week after that. And we still have it in February 2016, plus severe, crippling aches, pains, for me starting in June and now my dad following suit. My husband is still just having the diarrhea. Other members of my household who did NOT eat the cake are fine! Any ideas? This is seriously debilitating.


  34. Leah Shelton
    Jan 31, 2017 @ 22:08:51

    Holy moly! I bought this and made it with a diet strawberry Shasta; added a little sugar free strawberry hello to the icing and it tasted delicious!

    Now, I’ve had a HORRIBLE case of gas ALL DAY! Walking toots are my friend.. 😦


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