What’s In The Box? Pumpkin Cake Kit Review

The other day I spotted this particular cake mix whilst I was doing the weekly shop and decided to give it a go. I love all the seasonal themed bakes you can make at this time of year, and whilst they never quite turn out as intended when I attempt them, I can never resist trying it for myself.

As this is a ready-made cake kit, I’ve decided to do more of a review rather than a recipe for people to follow, so you get an idea of what to expect before you buy one.

Brand: Tesco (Product Details)
Makes: 1 Cake
What You Get: Cardboard Background, Plastic Basin, Chocolate Cake Mix, Orange Flavoured Icing Mix, Orange Sugar Paste & Black Writing Icing
What You Need: 1 Medium Egg, Vegetable Oil, Milk, Butter & Icing Sugar

First you empty the sachet of chocolate cake mix into a mixing bowl, add the egg, 50ml vegetable oil and 50ml milk. Mix the ingredients well for 2 minutes. Then measure 10ml vegetable oil into the plastic basin provided and use a pastry brush to thoroughly coat the inside of the basin and lid. Leave any excess oil inside the basin.

Next pour the chocolate mixture into the basin, place the lid loosely on top (don’t clip it down) and cook in the microwave for 3 – 4 minutes depending on the power of your microwave. Let the basin stand for 1 minute before removing the lid. Tip the basin upside down onto a flat surface covered with baking paper and lift it off from the sponge.

Once the sponge has cooled, cut the cake horizontally so you have a top and bottom. Then empty the orange icing mix into a bowl, add 50g butter and 5ml milk. Mix the ingredients well until you have a smooth paste. Use a pallet knife to spread a layer of icing onto the bottom half of the cake and then put the top back on. Then use the remaining icing to completely cover the outside of the cake. Remove the sugar paste from the packet and kneed it until soft. Dust a flat surface with icing sugar and roll out the paste until you have a circle large enough to cover the cake.

Cover the cake with the orange sugar paste and smooth it over. Trim any excess from the base of the cake and using the back of a knife, mark vertical lines around the cake to create a pumpkin design. Then use the black writing icing to draw the eyes, nose and mouth. Finally assemble the cardboard background to place your cake on.

So there you have it, one chocolate orange pumpkin cake! This was the first time I’ve ever baked a cake in a microwave and I have to admit I wasn’t overwhelmed with the results. Mine decided to explode a bit as you can see, and personally I think leaving the excess oil in the basin made the sponge too greasy my liking… you may have better luck than me however! I would avoid microwave kits in the future if I possible, but it was still fun to bake and I’m quite pleased with the end result… overall I would give it 3/5.


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