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When my friends come round to visit with their kids I always like to have a cake making kit in the house because it's a lot easier for little kids than having to get them to weigh out the ingredients. I normally buy a Green's kit because I think they make the best ones for baking and because I love their lemon meringue pie kit. The latest one for me to test has been Green's' Bugs & Daffy' Chocolate Cake Kit. If you're not a Looney Tunes fan then don't panic Green's make a lot of other cake mixes with loads of well loved TV characters on them sot here is something for everybody to enjoy.
I bought these for only 80p a packet which I think is a bargain as a lot of the other cake mixes where up to £2 a box plus this one looked like one of the most fun to do. The box has the usual green section at the top with the Green's little baker logo, below that on a brown background presumably because it's a chocolate mix are pictures of Daffy Duck & Bugs Bunny next to a chocolate cake which has a picture of Tweetypie on the top of it. On the back are the ingredients, nutritional information and the cooking instructions plus a list of the things you'll need to make the cakes, very helpful, everything you need to know!
Inside the box is almost everything you need to make the cakes;
12 cake cases
A bag of chocolate cake mix
A bag of chocolate icing mix
A bag of sugar cake toppings in the shapes of Looney Tunes
Because this is the type of product that you can leave sitting in your cupboard for months before making it, the fresh ingredients are not included so you'll also need 1 medium egg and some water, that's not too bad really and not expensive either.
Now for the bit I'm sure you'll all just dying to know, how do we make these wonderful cakes? Well it's really quite simple all you have to do is:
Preheat the oven to 180C
Empty the packet of cake mix into a bowl
Add the egg (don't forget to remove it from the shell first!)
Add 2 tablespoons of water
Mix until the mixture is smooth, creamy and lump free.
Divide the mixture evenly between the cake cases
Place in the centre of the preheated oven for 10-15 minutes depending on how good your oven is and wait for them to finish rising.
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.
Remove from the tray and place them on a wire rack to cool down for about 15-20 minutes, this is very important because if you try to do the next steps whilst they're still hot it won't work.
Tip the bag of icing into a clean bowl and add about 2 teaspoons of water
Mix until it is quite thick but lump free, if it is too dry or thick then add a tiny bit more water
Spread the icing evenly over the cakes (they have to be cooled down first)
Quickly add the sugar shapes before the icing sets.
I normally like to make my own cakes but I found that these were just as tasty and didn't have that nasty dry texture that many of these kits end up with. The texture of the cake was nice and spongy and moist, perfect. It all tastes very chocolaty but is not overpowering. The sweet sugar toppers go really well with the chocolate flavour of the rest of the cake and give them a nice bit of colour.
Overall I think that this is a great kit for making with little kids as they just don't have the patience to weigh out the ingredients, this is a much quicker option and is still a lot of fun, I really recommend this kit, like a lot of the others in the green's range because it is very tasty and the Looney Tunes sugar toppings make them look very attractive, ten out of ten.
Unperturbed by the foul tasting Barbie cake mix by Green's, my local Morrisons was having a BOGOF on Green's chidren's cake mixes. Having been pleased with Dora The Explorer I got that one again and also this Looney Tunes Chocolate Cake Mix, just for a change.
If any of the afore mentioned don't appeal to you then Green's do have a wide range of cake mixes available, some of which I have listed below:
Tom and Jerry strawberry cake mix
Thomas the Tank Engine Vanicake mix
Shrek Swamp Muffins
Cartoons Scooby Cookie cake mix
- Price -
As I have already stated this was a BOGOF offer so for two packets I only paid 74p!
- Packaging -
This comes in a checked green outer box with the all-important picture of some of the Looney Tunes characters on the front, alongside a picture of a perfectly formed chocolate cake.
The back of the box has a step-by-step written and pictorial guide on how to make the cakes.
Inside the following items are included:
A bag of chocolate cake mix
A bag of chocolate icing mix
A packet of sugarplaques with faces of the Looney Tunes characters on.
12 cake cases
- What you need -
All of the ingredients listed above including:
2 tablespoons of water
2 teaspoons of water
1 medium egg
A whisk or spoon
- How easy are these to make? -
The step-by-step guide is fool-proof and very simple to follow:
1. Pre-heat the oven
2. Stir the cake mix and egg in a bowl then add 2 tablespoons of water, whisk until the mixture is creamy.
3. Spoon the mixture in to the cases.
4. Leave in the oven for 10-12 minutes or until they have risen.
5. Cool the cakes. This is the part that we always find hard, the waiting!! Best to leave them for approx 20 - 30 minutes otherwise the icing just goes all gooey and awful on the hot cakes.
6. Mix the icing and 2 teaspoons of water until it is smooth.
7. Spread the icing over the COOL cakes and then add the sugarplaques for decoration.
- What are they like? -
I have to say that these are very tasty. They are small, about one mouthful for greedy adults like me and two for little mouths!
The sponge of the cakes is very moist, perhaps because we left them in for the minimum, 10 minutes, any longer and I think that they may have dried out!
The icing is as you would expect very chocolatey but not too sickly probably due to the smallness of the cakes. The only thing that I personally didn't like the texture of were the sugarplaques, a bit 'synthetic', if that's the right word, but they are easily taken off if you really don't like them.
Anyone who has read my other reviews about cake mixes will know that I have tried a few and this batch really does have to be up there amongst the tastiest. They really did taste like 'home-made' cakes, i.e. cakes that have been made from scratch!
This type of baking does have advantages and disadvantages:
The major advantage is that they are so quick and easy to make, suggested preparation time is 20 minutes. Often young children don't have the patience to mix in the margarine etc so the already prepared cake mix is great!
It gets children involved in baking and is a great way to start learning in the kitchen...........never too young!
For older children, it's often good to get the scales out and weigh the ingredients so that they actually know what is needed to make a cake but this is a great way of keeping most children occupied for an hour or so and making them feel a bit 'proud' as they hand out their 'home-made' cakes to others in the household!