“ Brand: Asda / Type: Mix „
I'd like to start this review by explaining that my baking skills are nothing to write home about, in fact, up until a month ago I'd only ever baked two cakes... in home economics (aged 14)... I'm now 24! However one of my colleagues regularly bakes Victoria Sponges and when I was talking about my partner's up and coming 30th birthday, she suggested I buy some cake mix and have a go and baking a birthday cake! I was really apprehensive that I would mess it up, but I decided to give it a try... in the name of love. ;o)
Walking down the cake aisle in my local Asda store felt completely alien to me. I have never shopped there before... I know that die-hard bakers will say that buying a sponge mix is cheating, but I wouldn't have had a clue where to start if it wasn't for this mix - I nearly purchased icing instead of icing sugar to make the accompanying butter cream for heaven's sake - a shameful confession I know!
I saw this product on the shelf - it comes in attractive white and purple packaging and the instructions are clearly explained on the back of the packet. One packet will make one cake, so you put the whole packet into your mixing bowl so you don't have to worry about measuring ingredients out.
This product will cost you 46p which I think is a bargain price - prepackaged Victoria Sponges are much more expensive and less tasty than this.
Once you have bought the cake mix you then need to buy one egg, two mini cake tins, some grease-proof paper and your preferred Victoria Sponge filling.
Now I have actually used this mix twice (I bought two packets in case my first attempt went wrong - it didn't and I ended up with two cakes :o) ). The first time I used the mix I used a manual whisk and the second time I used an electric whisk. Out of the two I definitely preferred whisking manually and I think this produced the best results.
Once you have added the egg you will find that the mix is rather thick and gloopy, you need a few tablespoons of water to enable you to mix it properly. You then whisk it for about ten minutes and you will then be ready to separate the mixture into two tins. I would advise you make sure you use grease-proof paper on the tins though, because otherwise the cake will stick and you may have problems removing it from the tin. You will probably find that the cake mix doesn't look like it will go far enough to fill two tins, but you will be surprised by how far a small layer of cake mix will rise.
Once you have heated the oven, put the cake tins in the centre and make sure you remove them as soon as the recommended cooking time is over. If you keep the cakes in the oven for even a few minutes more then you may find that they burn.
Once you have removed the cakes from the oven allow them to cool before you add the filling. If you don't do this then you may find that the top layer sinks slightly.
*************** Nutritional Information ***************
Nutritional values, per 1/8 cake:
Carbohydrates: 16.2g, (of which are sugars: 10.9g);
Fat: 4.0g, (of which are saturates: 1.5g);
Ingredients: wheat flour; sugar; vegetable oil; skimmed milk powder; raising agents (diphosphates, potassium carbonates); emulsifier (soya lecithins); natural flavouring (contains Milk, Wheat).
This product is suitable for vegetarians. It contains gluten, wheat, milk, soya and soybeans. It may contain nuts and traces of seeds. It is free from artificial colours and flavours. It does not contain hydrogenated fat.
**************** Overall ****************
I was very impressed by this mix. It was easy to use and the finished product tasted delightful. It was slightly hard on the outside and lovely and fluffy on the inside. I would highly recommend it other baking novices.