If you follow me on Instagram, then you will know that I am taking a bit of a hiatus from baking to try and perfect my decorating skills.
However, this week my office has started letting us go back in for a few days a week which means I can take bakes in one my days in.
I decided to do a review of Tesco’s Vanilla Flavour Cupcake Mix so I could take them into the office this week.
The box shows some really nice yummy cupcakes and tells you on the front that you just add egg, milk and butter which is helpful so when you’re buying the mix you know what else you need to get.
On the back of the box it gives you the preparation guidelines which is all laid out clearly. I do think the writing is quite small which means I was constantly having to go back and look at the box because I could not see the writing when I was mixing the ingredients.
The kit consists of three sachets which are the cake mix, frosting mix and multi coloured sugar strands. The sachets have what they are written on them, so you know which packet to use. It does include 6 cupcakes cases as well.
When I tipped the cake mix out into the bowl, I did think there was not enough for six cupcakes. Once mixed with the egg and milk, the mixture was quite runny and still a little bit lumpy even after being mixed for a minute on a medium high speed.
Dividing the mixture into the cases was a bit difficult due to the mixture being runny and I was concerned it would take longer for them to bake.
However, after 18 minutes in the oven these cupcakes looked very light and fluffy. They smelled amazing and looked great.
Time for decoration, the icing is just a simple buttercream recipe and simple to make. The instructions states ‘until light and fluffy’ which I find can be difficult to figure out.
Sprinkle are always a good staple for adding to the top of cupcakes, I liked the little packet of sprinkles but felt it was not the easy to add them to the cakes because you couldn’t tip them out on the cakes in case they all came out at once.
This mix is a good starter mix if you want to make cupcakes but I think the instructions could include times of how long to mix for and if the instructions were a little bit bigger on the back.
The cupcakes once done were tasty and went down well. I did start learning some new decorating skills while these cupcakes were cooling so I added a little extra duck made from sugar paste with The Baking Duck name on them.