“ Type: Chocolate „
I really enjoy baking but sometimes I don't have the time to make my own chocolate icing to fill and top cakes and this is when I turn to Betty Crocker. My secret kitchen cheat.
The chocolate fudge comes in a small plastic tub similar to the one in the picture. The tub contains all the contact information for Betty Crocker UK, ingredients and nutritional information. Obviously this chocolate fudge icing is not nutritionally great at 153 calories per twelfth of a tub. A full tub will fill and cover an eight inch sponge cake.
Underneath the red plastic lid is a foil seal. The seal peals off easily to reveal a tub packed full of glossy chocolate brown chocolate fudge icing. The icing smells rich and creamy.
The icing is easy to spread onto sponge and does not tear up the sponge. When a cake is fully iced it looks very rich and appetising. I like to spread this icing on warm sponge as the icing melts into the sponge and makes the cake rich and sticky.
The chocolate fudge tastes delicious it is very chocolaty and the fudge is only a background taste. I find that it is a good alternative to making chocolate ganache which can be fiddly and expensive to make especially if it goes wrong.
After opening a tub I store it in the refrigerator, I have to hide this in the back of the refrigerator as my daughter likes to spread it on biscuits. When it has been stored in the refrigerator it is best to get it out the refrigerator for a short time before I use it as when it has been chilled it can be quite difficult to spread. Once opened it should be consumed within 30 days.
I totally recommend this kitchen cheat for experienced bakers and those who are just beginning. Tubs can be brought from most supermarkets for around £2.75 a tub which seems a little expensive until compared to buying dark chocolate and whipping cream with which to make ganache. Betty Crocker products occasionally come on offer at half price or three for two which is when I stock up.
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I've always been a bit spectical about buying readymade baking products, but as a student I noticed it was much cheaper to get this rather than to buy the butter, icing sugar and cocoa powder! At £1.87 depending on which way you look at it is quite expensive as it isn't cost effective in the long run, but for someone who doesn't have the ingredients in the cupboard and doesn't regularly use cocoa powder butter and sugar this is a good convenient alternative. The product has a 10 month date on it so it can be stored conveniently. However once opened it needs to be kept in the fridge and consumed quite quickly (if it lasts that long!)
The amount you get in the pot you can fill the middle of a cake and the top and even the edges of the cake generously and still have a little left over! It was very ,very easy to use as it is the perfect spreadable consistency. The only thing i could compare its consistency to is chocolate spread. It is very easy to spread and if you do a thin layer on the cake first then continue to ice on the top of that it doesn't pick up the crumbs easily and you are left with a smooth finish. It looks very much like you have made it yourself and will make any cake look and taste very impressive.
The taste itself is quite sickly and sweet which is perfect for an indulgent treat! However as it's made with vegetable oil it could be said that it is slightly healthier than if you used ordinary buttercream!
It has a great sweet chocolately flavour so perfect for chocoholics like me.
Until recently, I hadn't bought any ready made icing, except fondant icing for topping christmas cakes with. This isn't because I think there is anything wrong with using pre-prepared products, I just really enjoy making my own. I find it a satisfying last step after a long baking session. Recently though my friend gave me some unused Betty Crocker Chocolate Fudge Icing, which she had over bought when catering for a family event. She never wanted to see another lot of icing again, and she knew I wouldn't let it go waste!
Betty Crocker make a whole range of baking kits and accessories. This is the only product of theirs that I have tried recently, but having tasted a Devil's Food Cake make from one of the brands mixes, I had high expectations of this icing. It is described as being rich and creamy, and on the packet there are some suggested uses - on the cake just mentioned, or to top brownies for example. It is a long life product which means it can be stored in a cupboard until you need it. Once opened it does need to be refrigerated and then used within 30 days. This makes it a useful standby to keep at hand if you suddenly feel like baking but don't have much time. I used some to top some fairy cakes that I had made the previous day and hadn't got around to icing, and it proved a quick way of making them a bit more special.
The icing comes in a tub with a nice wide opening so it is easy to get your knife or spreader in and out. The tub has a plastic lid that snaps into place when you have finished. This helps to keep the icing in good condition between uses. I kept some in the fridge for a good week after first opening it and it was still in perfect condition after that time. I expected it to have seperated perhaps, but it was fine. It also kept it's lovely chocolatey smell.
USING THE ICING
I remneber that when I first started baking, I used to struggle with icing, even though I now think it is one of the easiest jobs. I took a while to learn how to make it to the correct consistency. Even I wouldn't have struggled to use this icing though! There is no preparation involved, you just have to spread it on the cake. On the tub there is a few hints to help you such as a reminder to brush any loose crumbs from the cakes surface before you start. It is fool proof really. The part of the instructions that I think needs most attention is the fact that the icing must be at room temperature before use. If you store it in the fridge and try to use it straight from there, it is difficult to spread. At the right temperature though, it is very simple to apply.
The tub suggests that there is enough icing inside to use when making a 9" sandwich cake, or 32 cupcakes. I had some left over when I topped 24 cupcakes generously, so I think that is about accurate. I used a second tub to make the recommended size sandwich cake, chocolate fudge cake to be precise, and I had plenty of icing to both cover the cake and fill it.
DOES IT TASTE GOOD?
I am pleased to say it tastes great. It has a rich chocolate flavour, so I think you do not have to use that much on each cupcake if you needed it to stretch a lttle further. It is sweet, but no more so that you would expect icing to be. It is soft textured, and won't set firmly - it is similar to American style frosting, or the type of icing you usually get on Devil's food cake. I love the way my teeth sink throught it when you bite into the cake. It looks good too - it is easy to get a smooth surface if you want to, or you can leave it looking more rough which I think looks even more delicious.
WOULD I RECOMMEND IT?
I would, as it is easy to use, and I think it is good value considering the number of cakes you can ice with it. When I bought a tub for myself, I paid £1.93 for 450g in Tesco. I can't complain about either the taste or the texture, as they were both as good as home-made. I still enjoy making icing, so I won't switch to using purely ready made kinds, but I will happily keep a tub of Betty Crocker in my cupboard for those cake making "emergencies". The icing would be a quick way of jazzing up plain cakes, which you could buy ready made too, and then use your time to decorate them creatively. Whatever you do, the cakes will taste good with this icing on top.
[This review also appears on Ciao, under my user name.]
This is a fab icing to decorate cupcakes or fill cakes with. Found in the baking aisle in supermarkets most big stores stock it, this one and other flavours like the vanilla. Priced at 1.74 in asda, piping onto muffin size cupcakes you would expect to get about 12 out of a tub. Obviously this could vary greatly on the size of cake or amount of icing. It sounds pricey but for piping on cakes it is fantastic as it holds its shape much better than traditional home made buttericing. It is ready to pipe from room temperature. If you dont use it all at once you can store it in the fridge for 30 days. You will then just need to remove it about 20 mins before you want it.
The flavour of this is incredible. This chocolate fudge icing the same taste as on the top of a good choc fudge cake. The icing is incredibly smooth and rich flavoured but not too sickly. You would struggle to get a flavour like this from homemade i think.
For a special occasion on a cake/cupcake which would be out in the open say on a warm day this would hold shape better than buttercream.
I've been doing a bit of baking with my little sisters over the last few months, I'm not all that good at it myself so am always looking for stuff to help make things easier but also things that will make my cakes and biscuits taste better. The shop by me has had Betty Crocker cake stuff on special offer since last week and I only paid 89p for this 450g tub of ready to spread frosting icing.
I got a chocolate fudge flavour but think there might be at least another 1 flavour available. It comes in a tub so you just have to use a spoon or a knife to get the icing out and spread it onto your cakes. You need to give the icing a good stir before you use it and that will help to make it easier to spread.
The smell is of a mega sweet chocolate but you can also tell from the smell that it's going to be a rich flavour and that it's icing and not just pure chocolate.
The icing is soft and majorly smooth, it spreads proper easy and is gorgeous. It melts in your mouth and has got a gorgeous buttercream feel to it, you can use it to sandwich cakes together and also to put on top of cup cakes. It says on the tub that it's enough to do 30 cup cakes or to sandwich 9 inch cakes, I reckon that's when you're putting loads of icing on like proper cup cakes and I think I'd deffo get more out of it than that because I don't put icing on all that thick.
The taste is perfect for chocolate fudge and so is the texure, you can taste and feel the fudge in the frosting and it's got a lovely stickey texure that is proper nice to swallow and I think it tastes just like the chocolate fudge cake they used to do in Wetherspoons.
I reckon this is a brill idea because of how smooth and easy it is to get onto the cakes, it's loads easier than making my own icing and tastes better anyway so what's the point??? lol
Once you've opened the tub the icing will keep in the fridge for a few days so you haven't got to stress about using it all up straight away, you just have to stir it again when you come to use it and then it will be fine and just as good as when you first opened it.
I decided to give this product a go after seeing the advert for it on TV. My wife & I bake regularly & this icingg just looked so nice that I had to buy it.
It is a ready made chocolate fudge flavour icing. When you open it you will see that it is very thick & luxurious although it is not a paste like a royal icing. You can't get the rolling pin out & lay it on a cake. You put it on your buns or cake by spreading a thick layer wherever you want it.
It cost around £1.50 from Tesco & comes in a decent size tub that would easily cover the top of a 7 inch cake. We used it on chocolate buns & still have half of the tub left. You don't have to use it all at once as if stored in a fridge it will last a month from date of opening.
So, on to the most important aspect. Taste. This tastes really good. It has a deep chocolate flavour that is very nice. The sweetness is in the midlle & most people will be happy with it especially on a cake. The icing is very moist & melts easily in the mouth which is very good & a bonus over Royal Icing.
On the down side, because it is so moist, I would recommend it for really special occasions as the finish you get might not be good enough for a wedding. Also, it obviously isn't the healthiest thing on the supermarket shelves, so if you have to ask how many calories it contains, then you shouldn't be eating it!
I would definitely recommend it to people. It is far better than home made chocolate icing & will save you some time & effort with the baking process. Best of all, it tastes great!!
Betty Crocker products are very good.
This icing in particular. I constantly use Betty Crocker's products as I had nothing to do when I moved in with my boyfriend so I started baking with mixes. I wanted to do something other than little fairy cakes that don't fill anyone. I started making bigger buns with mixed food colouring and then putting one of Betty Crocker's pots of icing on top of them. Simply get a knife and scoop the knife equivalent of a spoonful and twirl it around the sponge. I make my cakes look like something out of an M&S advert with a knife and this icing.
It is in a standard mug sized pot with a foil lid. The use-by date is months after you buy it.
Its taste is amazing, a chocolate taste with a fudge taste that makes itself present after a couple of seconds. It isn't incredibly thick, nor is it liquid like. A very soft texture even after refrigerated.
Expect to pay between £1.40-£1.80 for this one pot but it last a long time. You still have half a pot left when doing an entire cake (even the sides and not just the top) about the size of a standard dinner plate.
Tastes wonderful and lasts a while.
From time to time I have been known to be tempted in to packet mixes and I have always been very pleased with Betty Crocker products so when I saw this in my local supermarket for £1.87 (Asda) I decided to give it a try. The sell by date was around 10 months and I was very pleased that you could keep this open without it spoiling and therefore I knew I would get a lot of use out of this.
Betty Crocker is not actually a real person and is a brand created by General Mills (American company) and it has existed since 1921 so it is a brand that most people will have come to recognise, especially in recent years thanks to their television advertising on UK television.
The icing comes provided in a plastic pot with a red plastic lid and weighs 450g (15.9oz) and once you open the lid and undo the plastic seal you will see the delicious brown chocolate fudge icing and it is the perfect consistency for dipping in a spoon or palette knife and spreading straight on to cookies, cakes, muffins or whatever takes your fancy. I have used this on a whole host of items over the past month or so and although it's not good for me I don't care because it's delicious, smooth & creamy and it has a delicious chocolate fudge taste to it that I just can't resist.
There does not appear to be any calorie information on this pot, only ingredients, but this is probably best because I've rather not know what the damage is but this means that you'll probably have to search online if you really want to know.
This icing is very easy to use, well packaged & available at a great price. It keeps well and mine lives in the cupboard and has been used regularly for the past month or so and has kept perfectly. This icing has gone down very well with everyone so far and not a single person has asked me if it's home made or not which probably means that they've assumed it is!
I am rating this icing 4/5 as it's delicious and the only reason downside is that there is no calorie information on the pot and I know that this is quite important to some people and I would like to see this really (even if I don't want to know it's always good to for bouts of guilt!).
I love baking and eating the fruits of my labour! I like to think that cakes are one of my specialities. I make wedding cakes and birthday cakes (not professionally) for family and friends - and friends of friends. One of the things I quite good at making (if I don't say so myself) is chocolate fudge cake. I often use a good chocolate sponge with a heavy does of chocolate fudge icing as the basis for a novelty cake. Making the fudge icing isn't tricky, you can just get a bit sticky! One day whilst doing my internet shop with Ocado I noticed on offer Betty Crockers 'Rich and Creamy, ready to spread' chocolate fudge icing. I decided to give it a go and try it out to see what it tasted like and find out if it would make my life any easier.
Who is Betty Crocker?
As this is an American Company, I assumed that Betty was the 'inventor' of the home baking products that the company sell. How wrong I was! Betty Crocker, is infact a made up name. The name was first developed by the Washburn Crosby Company in 1921 as a marketing trick, giving the products a more personal touch. The name Betty was selected because it was viewed as a cheery, All-American name! It was put together with the last name Crocker, in honor of William Crocker, a Washburn Crosby Company director. Betty Crocker is now part of the American food company - General Mills.
What's in the Pot?
You can buy either Chocolate Fudge or Vanilla flavours (most of the major supermarkets stock these icings). They come in 450g tubs with red plastic lids that have the Betty Crocker 'spoon' logo on. The red spoon is the companies promise of 'great taste, quality and convenience'. The label design is as the picture above. They cost about £1.99 per tub.
Ingredients: Sugar, water, partially hydrogenated vegetable oil, coca powder, wheat starch, glucose syrup, emulsifiers E417,E491, E481, E450,salt,citric acid, preservative : potassium sorbate, skimmed milk powder.
When you take off the lid there is another plastic film seal that need to be removed. As you pull this back the smell is of cocoa, rather than chocolate. It is quite pleasant. The icing is a rich dark brown and is thick in consistency. It has a shiny and glossy look. (Sounds like a review for a hair product!) The instructions suggest you use the icing at room temperature, which makes it easy to spread. There is enough to cover a 23cm (9inch) round cake.
This fudge icing is the prefect consistency, both for covering a cake and for piping. It looks and smells good. It's very easy to use and best of all there is no mess. No bowls to wash up and sticky surfaces to wipe. No packets to return to the cupboards.
But what of the taste, (I have a pot beside me as I type!) It has a very smooth texture, not grainy at all. It is definitely chocolate fudge, but does have a slightly synthetic (I'm not homemade) taste. Icing is always going to be sweet, but this isn't overly so. The dark chocolate taste takes some of the sweetness away. (I now need to wipe the keyboard of my PC as it is covered in chocolaty finger prints!!)
When I make chocolate fudge icing from scratch I use melted butter, water, cocoa and icing sugar. The amount of E numbers and extras in the Betty Crocker Icing is a little alarming!
However, would I use this again? Well the answer is - yes! I now keep a tub in my cupboard for emergencies or bouts of laziness. It might not be as good as homemade fudge icing, but it comes a close second.
For more information about Betty Crocker products sold in the UK visit www.bettycrocker.co.uk