Thursday, 6 October 2016

#GBBO with Real Baking - Cupcakes


GBBO, Vivid Real Baking Great Baking Set, Children Cupcakes Baking Set

GBBO, Vivid Real Baking Great Baking Set, Children Cupcakes Baking Set

It's the third week of our Great British Bake Off (GBBO) challenge with Vivid Group's Real Baking range, and we had fun baking and decorating cupcakes using the Great Baking Set! A recap of what's included for £19.99:

16 cupcake cases in 2 styles
4 piping bags
3 measuring spoons
1 large bowl
1 small bowl
1 suction cup
1 egg cracker
1 silicone cupcakes tray
1 icing nozzle
1 instruction guide (in 3 languages)

Last week I was so inspired by the GBBO Botanical theme, I wanted to do something with flowers and citrus, but I've been so unorganised lately, I forgot to buy lemon! We ended up making some simple cupcakes because it was a school day, but the kids still had lots of fun baking and eating them!

You can see the first part of the Real Baking Great Baking Set review here, and I'll focus on the cupcake mould and piping equipments here.


GBBO, Vivid Real Baking Great Baking Set, Children Cupcakes Baking Set
I always ended up with a cupcake case hiding underneath another!
The Great Baking Set comes with 16 cupcake cases, and since we love cupcakes, we decided to use them all, plus some more! The baking set came with a good quality silicone mould, which fits 4 mini cupcakes. I don't expect baking kits for children to come with a full size tray really, especially for £19.99 and all the other equipment you get with the set (especially a fun egg cracker!), so I think the size is about right, and it add cuteness to the whole kit too!

We ended up making 15 mini cupcakes (I lost a cupcake case, which was hiding under another one. It happens every time!) plus 6 standard cupcakes, using a really simple sponge cake recipe. I think the kids did quite well filling the cases up with minimum spillage! But most of the cupcakes didn't survive long enough to be decorated! I had to become this mean mum to save some cupcakes for decoration and pictures!


GBBO, Vivid Real Baking Great Baking Set, Children Cupcakes Baking Set

GBBO, Vivid Real Baking Great Baking Set, Children Cupcakes Baking Set

The star piping tip is the perfect shape for the best cupcake swirls out there! For some reason I kept getting the wrong one (there are so many designs out there!), so I was really happy when I saw the piping tip in the set! The kids had no idea about my excitement of course, they just loved piping yummy buttercream on their cakes (which ended up straight in their little mouths after I snapped a picture!). Abby has done a surprisingly good job here! I didn't need to guide her much and she did a beautiful swirl, I think she has the potential of being a baker!

While we had fun making these pretty little happinesses, I also used the opportunity to test my Russian Piping Tips - rose and cherry blossom. Can you spot the mini cupcake overloaded with buttercream blossoms, and the 3 roses on another? These Russian piping tips make decorating cakes so much easier!

The bottom right picture features a couple of chocolate decorations we made last week using Real Baking Chocolate Pen kit! They are soo cute on cupcakes! I should make some more for Halloween and Christmas, maybe with orange and purple icing instead.

So what have you been baking this week? x