“ Type: Baking Aids „
I bake a lot with my daughter and I normally make cakes from scratch but we were in Tesco last week and she spotted this cake mix and she asked so nicely could she have it so I bought it. It cost me £1.69.
The packaging is a little different to the picture above. The box is blue and features Mr Bump and Little Miss Sunshine on the front. The box tells me that the mix makes 10 servings and only takes 15 minutes to cook.
The cakes contain no artificial colours and flavours and are free from hydrogenated fats.
To make the cakes you an egg and some butter. Everything else you need is included in the box.
Inside the box you get a packet of cake mix, some icing, 10 cake cases, sprinkles and some edible Mr Men and Little Miss decorations.
The instructions are on the side of the box and they are easy to follow, you need to add and egg, some water and the butter to the cake mix before whisking and then putting into the cake cases. I helped my daughter with the whisking as we have an electric whisk but everything else she was able to do herself.
Once you have put the mixture into the cases you need to pop the cakes into a pre heated oven for 12-15 minutes depending on if you have a fan oven or not.
Once the cakes are cooked they need to be left to cool completely. Once they are cool you can then make the icing which is simply icing sugar. This needs water to be added to it which was another very simple process. Once each cake has been topped with icing you can then stick the decorations on.
My daughter liked the decorating part the best, there were plenty of sprinkles to cover the cakes. The decoration plaques included were really nice all the main characters are features including Mr Tickle and Little Miss Chatterbox.
After the cakes had dried it was time to try them. The cakes aren't the best I have tasted but they are nice. They were moist and the sponge was light. Most importantly of all my daughter really enjoyed these cakes.
I would recommend this kit for a Mr Men and Little Miss fan, it is easy to make the cakes and a lot of fun to decorate them.
I would give this 5 stars for the price it is a nice little baking kit.
This is yet another review of a cake making kit, I often buy them because when my friends bring their kids round they like to make cakes and it is far easier to use a pre-weighed kit than getting them to do it all from scratch as young children do often get it wrong and make a real mess. These kits are a great way of teaching them how to cook without the messy bits, a lot easier. I normally buy a kit from Green's as they really do make the best quality ones and I have never had a problem with any of their products before. However this time we decided to try something a bit different and bought Mr Men and Little Miss Cup Cake Kit which was made by Fiddes Payne. I've bought some of their other products before, their chocolate cupcake mix is delicious and I also use a lot of their cake decorations especially on the Christmas cake. I find that they make really good kits for about the same price as the Green's ones.
I bought this box for £1.70 which is a fair price for a cake mix, they're available in most major supermarkets so you should be able to find one pretty easily. The kits all come with a picture of whichever Mr Men or Little Miss character you have chosen on the front which is nice as they are appealing to kids with a lot of bright colours and some pictures of the finished cakes on the front. The boxes also have the Fiddes Payne logo on them, on the backs are the ingredients, nutritional information and the all important cooking instructions.
Inside the box there is almost all the ingredients you will need to make the cakes, this is helpful as it means you don't have to bother weighing them out. The contents are:
1 packet of cake mix
1 packet of icing sugar
10 cake decorations, 5 Mr Men and 5 Little Miss which is great, there' something for everybody.
10 cake cases
You will however need to add the fresh ingredients as if they were included then the cake mix would have a very short shelf life so it is probably a good job that you have to add your own, anyway you will need:
6g of butter
Make sure you remember to buy the egg and the butter as this mix won't work without them, if you don't want to have to buy fresh ingredients then there are some other brands of cake mix which only require an egg and or water or others which only need cooking oil and water, either way make sure you have everything you need.
To make the cakes all you have to do is:
*~* Preheat the oven to 180C
~*~ Empty the cake mix into a bowl
*~* Add three tablespoons of water, the butter and the egg
~*~ Mix it all together until the mixture is light and fluffy, sort of creamy with no lumps in it
*~* Divide the mixture between the cake cases
~*~ Place them in the centre of a preheated oven for 10-15 minutes depending on how quick your oven is
*~* Take them out once they have turned a nice golden brown colour
Tip: The way to tell if your cakes are done is to gently press the top of one with the back of a teaspoon and if it bounces back then it's done, if not pop them back in for a couple of minutes.
~*~ Place the cakes on a wire rack to cool down this will take anywhere between 20 and 30 minutes but it is very important because if you try to ice warm cakes it will be a disaster.
*~* Empty the bag of icing mix into a bowl
~*~ Add 2-3 teaspoons of water
*~* Mix until it is smooth and lump free
Tip: If it is too thick or not mixed properly then add a little bit more water but be careful not to make it too runny
~*~ Spread the icing evenly over the cakes
*~* Quickly add the little cake decorations, one on each cake before the icing dries.
~*~ Eat them and enjoy!
This is quite a good quality cake mix, the sponge is nice and spongy and not too dried out as you can sometimes get it in these kits. It doesn't really taste of much which doesn't matter as the icing on the top and the little characters are sweet and flavour the whole cake.
The kids had a lot of fun making these cakes and they were definitely worth the £1.70 for about an hours fun, the only downside was having to do the washing-up afterwards. They are a great way to teach little kids how to bake and once they are a bit older you can start letting them do it from scratch, with young kids though this is the easiest way as there are no ingredients to way out (except for the butter). I give them 8 out of 10 because they do only make 10 cakes whereas most kits make 12 and you have to add butter which complicates things, they are however very tasty and worth buying.
There are three different cake kits in the Mr Men range by Fiddes Payne, they are;
Mr Men & Little Miss Cupcake Mix which comes with white icing and various coloured toppings.
Little Miss Naughty Cupcake Mix which has white icing again and purple Little Miss Naughty characters to stick on the top
Mr Happy Cupcake Mix which comes with brown icing, I do believe it is chocolate and little yellow Mr Happy figures to stick on the top.
All of these kits are available from:
Tesco, Sainsbury's, Morrison's, Asda, Waitrose, Harrods, Harvey Nichols, Selfridges Food Hall, Fortnum Mason, Booths.
I always tend to have children's cake mixes in the cupboard for rainy days and since this brand was on special offer, I ended up with a few within their range.
- Price & Availability -
I got this pack from Morrisons on a BOGOF offer so I ended up getting 2 of the Fiddes Payne range for just £1.69.
Some of the other ranges by Fiddes Payne are also available in other large supermarkets.
Other Fiddes Payne home baking kits / packs include:
~ Circus cup cake kit
~ On the farm cup cake kit
~ Halloween cup cake kit
~ Disney Winnie the Pooh cup cake kit
~ Disney Princess cup cake kit
~ Mr Happy cup cake kit
~ Little Miss Naughty cup cakes
- Packaging -
Like all of the other cake mixes we've used, this comes in a cuboid box. The front and back of the box has photos of the finished cakes. The back also has a 3 point list on how to make the cupcakes. This isn't as child-friendly as other packs we have used which have a step-by-step guide with pictures or photos alongside the writing whereas the instructions on this are purely in written format.
The photo shown by dooyoo is of three of the cake mixes in the range - this one is the top box.
- Contents -
Inside the packaging there is:
~ packet of cake mix
~ pack of icing sugar
~ 10 cake cases
~ 10 cake decorations (5 Little Miss & 5 Mr Men)
- How to make these -
These were very different to all of the other children's cake mixes I have used as they require 6g of butter, usually it's only an egg and water so be prepared to have some butter in the fridge!
1 - Whisk the sponge / cake mix with 3 tablespoons of water, an egg and the butter until the mix becomes a soft consistency.
2 - Place a tablespoon of the mix in each case and bake for 10 - 15 minutes in a 180C oven or until golden brown.
3 - Leave to cool and then mix water with the icing sugar to make a paste which can then be spread on top of the cakes, decorate with the chocolate icing sugar animals and vermicelli.
- Our experience -
These cake mixes / kits are ideal for a relatively quick baking activity with children although they do take away teaching children the ingredients that are necessary to bake cakes, such as milk, margarine, flour etc. They are, however very simple to make which is a bonus for very young children. The only problem for me was that I didn't have any butter ready and waiting as I failed to inspect the required ingredients and incorrectly assumed that it would only be water and an egg to add.
As with the other Fiddes Payne cake mix we have tried, this one also required an electric whisk for a couple of minutes as the hand whisk just didn't succeed in removing all of the lumps and bumps in the mixture.
There was enough mixture to fill all 10 of the cake cases, about 3 teaspoons of the mixture in to each was enough and each rose to the top of the case. We had pre-heated the oven so the cakes only took 10 minutes to bake as opposed to the maximum 15 minutes that is suggested on the packaging.
Like all cakes, it is essential to allow the cakes to cool down until the icing sugar is mixed and put on to the top. This is a very runny icing sugar and is definitely not as thick and white as the photo on the packaging suggests which has to be said is disappointing.
The icing sugar Mr Men and Little Miss decorations are by far the best feature of the cup cake kit, not only in terms of a visual nature but they also add a bit of crunch to the cup cakes. Each is approximately 3 - 4 cm tall and look a lot more expensive than the price suggests and enable the children to decide who they are decorating each cake for........ it's a big decision!
The cakes taste quite neutral in flavour, no overpowering strawberry, vanilla or even chocolate base to them and for that reason they aren't quite as sickly as other cake mixes we have used. They are very spongy although the runny, sticky nature of the icing sugar is disappointing as the icing sugar characters don't really stick solidly to the icing sugar and certainly do not stand up as the photos on the packaging suggests. All in all, a good bargain, only 85p for an hour or so of fun in the kitchen for children and it isn't often that happens nowadays!!
Ideal for little Miss (and Mr) Greedy. Yum.