As a keen baker, I prefer to use fresh ingredients for my baking if possible, but there are times when you don't have the time to measure everything, can't bear to watch the kids pour flour everywhere, or just want to whip up something quick for a play date. And this is when baking kits come in handy, especially when your little ones want to have a go at baking themselves.
Symingtons Ltd, who owns a lot of familiar brands such as Thornton's, Aunt Bessie's and Ilumi that I've just posted about yesterday, has sent me one of their licensed home baking kit - Peppa Pig Muddy Puddle Cup Cakes Baking Kit to try, and although I still prefer baked goods made from scratch, the cupcakes came out pretty good, and the kids and hubby (I'm on a diet so didn't try) all enjoyed it very much! I can see Abby and Clay using the kit easily without my help (apart from using the oven of course)!
The kit is really simple, and comes with a packet of pre-mixed flour, a cocoa powder and icing sugar mix, Peppa Pig and George icing decorations and cupcake cases, with instructions printed on the back of the box. All you need is 1 egg and water, making it a great kit to keep in the cupboard.
I have to admit that I did this without the kids because the week has been quite hectic, and it's just easier for me to do it (I thought! I didn't realise how simple it is!).
I also have to be honest about the fact that I felt a bit insulted that the cupcakes turned out so well, it's not made from scratch and it was effortless, and that made me, the one who always like to complicate things, a tad upset! At least I don't have to dread the cleaning up anymore after a proper baking.
Back to the baking kit.
The packet of pre-mixed flour already have oil in it, so when it comes out the pack it's a bit grainy and lumpy. I just used a fork to break the bigger pieces down.
After whisking an egg and 2 tablespoons of water for a few minutes, the mixture has turned thick and creamy. It's not the same texture you get from making it from scratch, and it almost felt like there isn't enough volume to it, but there is enough to fill 12 cupcake cases to 1/3 deep each. Once baked, they rose to the perfect height:
While cooling the cupcakes down, you can prepare the icing. I did it too early so poured it into a plastic bag to keep it from drying up. I only needed 2 teaspoon plus a bit more water to get the icing to the right consistency:
As you can see, there is enough chocolate icing for the cupcakes (I'm really impressed with the amount of flour and icing they put into the kit, there is exactly 12 cupcakes worth of ingredients), especially if I didn't accidentally poured too much onto the first one.
Before the icing sets, I gently peeled the icing decorations out and placed them on the chocolate icing. I thought they might break or melt but they did fine.
I think the cupcakes look party worthy, and no one will be able to tell that they came from a kit!
They only took me less than 5 minutes from opening the box to putting them in the oven, 12 minutes to bake and another couple of minutes to decorate them. I can think of so many occasions when these baking kits will come to the rescue. Just make sure you have an egg!
You can buy these licensed baking kit from any supermarket, and there are plenty of character choices to choose from too.