What’s In The Box? Shaun the Sheep Mini Marshmallow Cake Kit Review

It’s been a while since I’ve used a cake kit, but I couldn’t resist trying these cute ‘Shaun the Sheep’ marshmallow cupcakes!

Brand: Green’s (Product Details)
Makes: 12 Cupcakes
What You Get: Cardboard Background, Vanilla Cake Mix, Vanilla Icing Mix, Marshmallows, Waferettes, Cupcake Cases
What You Need: 1 Medium Egg, Cold Water

First pre-heat your oven to 185°C (160°C for a fan oven) and arrange the 12 cupcake cases on a baking tray. Then whisk the vanilla cake mix, egg and 35ml of cold water together for 2 minutes until you have a smooth mixture.

Spoon the mixture into the cupcake cases in equal amounts and bake in the centre of your oven for 10-12 minutes until golden brown. Leave to cool on a wire rack.

Once the cakes are cool, mix the Vanilla Icing powder with 10ml* of cold water until it forms a spreadable paste. Cover the top of each cupcake with the icing and sprinkle marshmallows over the top. Then add a waferette to each cupcake using some icing to secure it.

*I found I needed to use about 30ml to make my icing spreadable enough. Make sure you add the extra water very gradually… you don’t want to make it too runny!

Finally cut out the picture from the back of the box to make your background and you’re all done!

These cakes were quick and easy to make, tasted lovely and the sponge was nice and fluffy. The kit came with more than enough marshmallows to cover the cakes (I had about half a bag left over) but the cardboard background was far too small to really add anything to the cake display. Overall I would give this kit 4/5

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.