BakedIn Gin and Tonic Cupcake Kit – Sophisticated Cupcakes for Grown-Ups

The lovely people at BakedIn recently sent me their latest kit to try, as they knew how much I adored their Prosecco and Strawberry Cake kit ( CLICK HERE to read what I thought of that one).

As with all of their amazing kits, you receive all the dry ingredients you need to make the cakes, as well as extra items to help make the baking experience more convenient. With this new range of alcoholic recipes, you also receive the bottles of alcohol!

In this Gin and Tonic Cupcake kit you receive the dry ingredients conveniently weighed out for you to save you the hassle, a miniature bottle of gin, a bottle of tonic water, the cupcake cases, a huge really good quality disposable piping bag, a 1M piping nozzle which is the best tip to make beautiful buttercream swirls, a skewer to test when the cupcakes are baked, and a butter measuring guide. And of course the recipe, which as always is by the world class Michel Roux.

All you need to add to this kit is unsalted butter, 2 large eggs, and 2 limes.

I was so excited to make these and see if they were as delicious as the Prosecco and Strawberry cake. The recipe was extremely easy to follow, and the quantities of the ingredients gave enough mixture for exactly 12 good-sized cupcakes. They rose perfectly to the tops of the cupcake cases, turning a gorgeous golden colour in the process.

You might be wondering where the gin and tonic fit in to the recipe. Well, the tonic water is mixed in the sponge part, which results in lovely light and fluffy cakes. The gin is drizzled on to the baked cakes, and is also added to the buttercream for an extra boozy hit!

After the cakes have cooled, you just need to pipe a buttercream swirl on to each one, and then decorate with lime zest and a lime wedge.

They taste absolutely divine. Gin is quite a bitter drink, but that bitterness is counteracted by the sweetness in the buttercream. You can still taste that it is gin, but it is much nicer with the sweetness of the cake. To be honest, when I first tried one of these cupcakes I thought it could probably have done with a bit more alcohol, as the taste was very subtle. After I had finished eating the cupcake though there was a definite gin aftertaste, which was really pleasant. The next day I discovered the amount of gin was spot on, as somehow the flavour gets stronger over time. You could really taste the gin immediately on biting into the cake the next day, and it was wonderful! So my advice to you would be… if you want to really taste the gin, make these the day before you need them and store them in an airtight tin or box. If you prefer a delicate taste of gin, eat them on the day of baking. Either way, I know you will love them!

This recipe kit is £20, which is great value when you take into account all the things it includes. The piping nozzle can be washed and kept afterwards to use again and again.

These cupcakes would be perfect for any special occasion, or you could bake them as gifts. I’m sure that after putting up with a class of 30 children day after day, teachers would love one or two of these presented in a pretty box as a Christmas or thank you gift! Who wouldn’t!?

If you would like to buy this fantastic kit, CLICK HERE to go to the BakedIn Bake Shop page. Happy baking!!!

 

DISCLAIMER: I received this kit at no cost in exchange for an honest review. This in no way affects my opinion of it. I would never recommend a product I didn’t like myself. All opinions are my own honest views. 

 

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BakedIn Rainbow Cake Baking Kit Review

As you will all by now know, I absolutely love BakedIn. I came across them when I was reviewing the Degustabox subscription boxes. One month there was a BakedIn mug cake mix included. Being brutally honest, my opinion of “packet mixes” has always been rather negative, so I had decided in my head that the mug cake mix would be vile. Degustabox had once included some mug cake mixes from another big brand and they had been just as I expected… horrible, weird textured and artificial tasting. I made the BakedIn mug cake expecting to have a tiny spoonful and throw the rest away. Well that didn’t happen!!! It was absolutely scrumptious and tasted just like a baked-from-scratch cake. It disappeared in seconds! There had been a voucher included too to join the BakedIn Baking Club, which I did purely on the strength of how beautiful the mug cake was, and I haven’t looked back since. I love them!

I was very lucky recently when BakedIn asked me if I would like to try one of their newer baking kits and write a review of it. Obviously I jumped at the chance!

The Candy Crush Rainbow Cake Baking Kit really really impressed me. It contains all the dry ingredients you need to create a beautiful cake of 4 different coloured layers. All you need to provide is milk, eggs and butter. Apart from all the dry ingredients, the kit also comes with sprinkles, sweets and Candy Crush characters to decorate the cake with, which is a lovely touch. That’s not all though. It also comes with 4 disposable baking tins to bake the cakes in, baking paper circles to line the tins with, a cake board to display/serve the cake on, and a butter guide (which as I showed in THIS POST is amazingly accurate). There is a very easy to follow recipe card included too, and all of BakedIn’s recipes are pretty much foolproof. Literally anyone can make a wonderful looking and tasting cake with this kit.

I had a look on a large supermarket’s website at their own birthday cake range and decided to read some of the reviews of them. So many had very low star ratings and complaints (of which there were a lot) included “dry”, “tasteless”, “so bad not one person finished the cake”, “tasted artificial”, “terrible”, “heavy”, “won’t be buying again”, “revolting”, “inedible”,  “horrible aftertaste”…. hmmmm, it doesn’t make you want to rush out and buy a shop-bought cake for your child’s birthday, does it? Sometimes you just don’t have the money to get a cake made specially either. The Candy Crush Rainbow Cake is the perfect way to guarantee happy children on their birthdays. It costs just £14.95, but remember that includes equipment too! It serves 12 people comfortably with good sized portions.

So, how did I get on with making my Rainbow Cake? Well I wanted to show how easy it is for anyone to do it. I make lots of cakes so have lots of fancy bits and bobs to make cake decorating easier, but I decided I wasn’t going to use anything special to make this cake. I wanted to prove that, with no professional tools, it is easy to make a cake to be proud of and that your child will love. Grown ups will love it too! I made the 4 coloured sponges first, and then made the buttercream while the cakes were cooling. I followed the instructions on the recipe card to assemble the cake and used the back of a normal dinner knife to spread the buttercream on. Normally I would use a spatula and a scraper to make sure it is all perfectly smooth, but as I said, I wanted to show you can do it with just everyday items. You don’t need to buy any equipment at all to make a fabulous birthday cake. You can decorate the top however you want. the kit comes with a sheet of cardboard characters, and you just choose which ones you want to use, and attach them to baking skewers (included too).

You don’t need to use these if you don’t want to. You can just decorate with the sweets, or if your child has a favourite TV programme or something like My Little Pony, you could place some (sterile) models on top.

Here is my finished cake. I chose just a few of the characters and all of the sweets!

I loved the way it looked, and loved cutting into it even more to reveal the rainbow inside…

I can honestly say it tasted amazing! The sponges were light as air, and the buttercream was perfectly smooth. No graininess like you can sometimes get in buttercream. It all tasted homemade. There are no artificial flavourings or colourings in this cake, and you can tell! It had just the most delicious flavour, and was sweet but not sickly sweet like some shop-bought cakes can be. I can truthfully highly recommend this kit. No more excuses…. you CAN make your child’s birthday cake, and everyone will love it. Try it and see!

If you want to make one yourself to see how easy it is, you can buy them directly from BakedIn HERELet me know how you get on!

EDIT: Since writing this review the Candy Crush version is no longer on the website. The new version doesn’t include the characters or sweets but you still get the cake tins, cake board, baking paper, cake mixes and sprinkles, so you can decorate it however you want.

DISCLAIMER: I received the kit for free in exchange for an honest review. I only ever say the truth in my reviews anyway. False information doesn’t help anyone. I only recommend products and services I genuinely think are worth it, and BakedIn and the kit are both definitely worth it! I receive no compensation (apart from the free kit) for my review, and no commission if you buy the product. Thank you for reading.