Regular readers will know I love to bake. Sharing something homemade with family and friends is really satisfying and of course the end result (almost always) taste great. But, please don’t be shocked here, I’m not averse to cheating a little and using a shop bought kit on occasion especially when the boys are helping out. There’s no searching about for ingredients and very little measuring so the boys don’t have a chance to get bored. Unlike baking from scratch though, the end results can be variable in my experience.
Recently my sister and I headed up to Manchester for the Cake & Bake Show and I was intrigued to see Sainsburys had their own range of baking kits and picked up one of their Salted Caramel Cupcake Kits to try at home. E and I set about making them the next day and I was really impressed with the results. The kit contains not just the mix for the caramel cake (which rose wonderfully and was moist and light) but also one for the salted caramel icing (just delicious!), one for a drizzle to go over the top, a bag of little fudge cubes for decoration (just a few of those might have disappeared before making it to the cakes) and the often overlooked finishing touch of good quality attractive cases. Check out the results:
I can honestly say they are the best quality ‘kit’ cakes I’ve come across and I’d really recommend them. I contacted Sainsburys to tell them how much I’d liked them and they told me they also had a new kit for making Rasberry Macarons if I’d like to give them a go. Now I’ve always been too nervous to attempt macarons, assuming they’d be too fiddly, so the idea of a kit really appealed. I baked these pretty pink treats today:
Mouthwatering, hey? I probably wouldn’t try and make these with the boys as you need to add the mix to the whisked egg whites quite carefully to keep the air in the mixture and piping the mix into equal sized circles takes a steady hand. The pack comes with a disposable paper piping bag to help with this without leaving you extra washing up. There’s also an icing mix included for the filling. Although these don’t quite have the glossy perfect finish of the shop bought variety (this may be because my egg whites needed a little more whisking) I still think they’re pretty impressive and the combination of crisp outer and chewy middle is spot on. So well done Sainsburys!
The lovely folks at Sainsburys have given me some of their kits to give away. Two lucky readers will win both the cupcake kit and the macaron kit. All you need to do is leave me a comment telling me what you like to back at home and record your entry in the rafflecopter widget below along with any extra entries. The giveaway will run until Monday 3rd June 2013.