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I'm always baking cakes, cupcakes and cookies. 5 days out of 7 I would say that there's always a delicious smell of baking wafting from my kitchen. I regularly take my baked goodies into work to share with my team (primarily to stop myself from eating a dozen cupcakes or a whole cake to myself, as my husband doesn't really have a sweet tooth), and I also regularly get asked to bake cupcakes or a cake to take along to a party.
I used to just transport my cakes in either a tin or a tupperware container, however this could be a bit hit and miss, as a lot of the time the frosting on top of the cake or cupcakes would get bashed or squashed as the tin or container was not really deep enough. This was mainly a problem with cupcakes as I always use a lot of frosting on cupcakes. I found the perfect solution to my transportation problems in Lakeland - the cupcake caddy.
I've had this for about 3 years now, and it's had absolutely loads of use. It currently retails for £21.99 in Lakeland, I think that I paid under £20 for it 3 years ago though, maybe £18.99 or £19.99. Yes it is expensive, but it's been absolutely worth every penny, I would definitely recommend it and I wouldn't hesitate to buy another.
Its basically a carrying caddy to carry and transport your baked goodies. It is really versatile as it will carry either 12 standard size cupcakes or muffins, 24 mini size cupcakes, or a large cake. The cupcake caddy consists of the base itself which is big enough to hold a large cake, or 2 smaller cakes, I normally carry either a large 9'' round cake or 2 1lb loaf cakes on this. There is then a removable and reversible insert which stands on the base and which holds your cupcakes, depending which way up you place the reversible insert then it will hold either 12 standard or 24 mini cupcakes. Then finally the lid or cover which clips into place over the base, and attaches securely onto the base using 4 sturdy plastic clips, 2 on each side of the base. The lid is a white creamy plastic enabling you to see through to the contents inside, and has one sturdy handle on the top. The lid sits quite high off the base itself so there is no risk of any of your frosting getting damaged or squashed.
If I am transporting cupcakes in this then I find it easier to put the un-iced cupcakes into the cupcake caddy and then to frost them whilst they are in the caddy, this then stops any damage to the frosting when you are then moving the frosted cupcakes over to the caddy. I then just need to pop the lid on and secure it, and my cupcakes are good to go. A slight drawback to doing it this way though is if I then need to store the cupcakes in the fridge before I transport them, the cupcake caddy is really quite big and so takes up a lot, and I do mean a lot of room in my fridge. It literally fills a whole shelf, and so I need to be organised and have the room available in my fridge if I'm going to do this.
All of the parts of the cupcake caddy are made from plastic, it's a sturdy plastic though and it will support the weight of very heavy cakes. I handwash all the parts of my caddy purely because it's so big - it would virtually fill my dishwasher. My caddy is still in perfect condition, no cracks or breaks or anything - and it's had an awful lot of use.
This is easy and convenient to use, and it's a very safe and secure way to transport my cakes or cupcakes. 5 stars from me.
I am a keen baker and often make cupcakes and muffins, the problem for me has always been that I make these tasty little goodies but living alone means they are often thrown away before they get eaten. Obviously this is not a problem at the weekend when my grandchildren are around but I find baking so therapeutic that if I get itchy fingers on a, say, Tuesday I will still make a batch of cakes and hope someone appears to eat them. Well, I had this problem prior to discovering the Cupcake Caddy in Lakeland - now wasted cakes are a thing of the past.
This is an incredibly simple idea, a plastic 'box' reminiscent of those which were once found sitting atop the counter in bakery and other shops to display their sweet and sticky wares. It comprises a tray with clippy fasteners, a slightly smaller tray which nestles inside and a deep clear plastic lid. The smaller tray has circular indentations where you place you cupcakes; this is reversible with twelve indentations on one side to hold standard sized cakes, while on the other side are twenty four much smaller holes for those miniature cupcakes that are so popular these days.
You simply choose what side you need to use for storing your cakes, slot it into place and begin the job of baking and filling your Caddy. I personally bake 'normal' sized cakes so this is the side I use most often, although I made some petit fours recently and used this to transport them to my sister's home - while the indentations were a little deep for my rather flat nibbles, I think tiny miniature cupcakes would look fantastic displayed in this manner. Due to the positioning of the cupcake 'holes' it is possible to slot extra cake cases between then, thereby enabling you to transport more than the suggested twelve or twenty four items.
Once you have filled your tray you need to position the lid on top of the outer tray and push the two large clips closed. This will give you an airtight seal, ensuring your baked goodies remain fresh for as long as possible - also helping to make it easier to transport cupcakes if you have baked them on behalf of someone else or as a gift.
I am highly impressed with my Cupcake Caddy and have used it numerous times since I purchased it. At a little over £20 it is rather expensive for what is, to all intents and purposes, a large plastic box but I suspect it has now paid for itself due to the fact that I have not had to throw a single cake away since I began using this clever little item. All components of the Caddy fit smoothly and easily together, with the integrated handle being chunky enough to hold comfortably and also strong to avoid the risk of me dropping it and damaging the contents. Another thing worth mentioning is the fact that the clips are also very strong, the lid has never failed and it always goes on in the correct position for me to 'lock' the lid with no problems.
It is also possible to remove the small indented tray altogether, this will give you a completely flat surface where you can store other things such as bread, whole cakes, croissants and other such items. I must admit I have not used the Caddy for this purpose as it's far easier to simply pop my bread into the bread bin, and I have a plethora of cake tins for the odd occasion when I do bake anything larger than a cupcake. If this sounds a useful addition to you, however, the Caddy is certainly large enough to hold cakes such as a Victoria Sponge - although be aware that should you use it for this reason there is nothing to stop the foodstuffs from sliding around on the tray and this could possibly cause damage if you weren't careful in carrying it.
This product is easy to keep clean and can either be hand washed or placed in the dishwasher. I have used both methods with excellent results, the main bulk of 'dirt' on the Caddy is likely to be crumbs which can simply be rinsed away but on occasion I have caused greasy cupcake frosting to become deposited on the inside of the Caddy and this is when using the dishwasher is much easier to prevent smears and any residue being left behind. If you do more baking than I, these have the added advantage of being stackable - I personally only own one but can see from the shaping that any 'stacks' you made would be stable and this will free up room in your kitchen.
I have a friend who makes the most glorious cakes and I'm happy to say that I occasionally inherit some gifts and gadgets from her, as well as the magnificent cakes I get on almost every visit she makes to my house! This lakeland cupcake caddy is one such gift and it's one that I have actually found myself using more and more since buying some cupcake recipe books.
This caddy is a large plastic tray with a lid effectively. The plastic tray is reversible and is designed to stop your cupcakes or larger cakes from rolling around and getting damaged in transit. It apparently holds 12 standard or 24 mini cupcakes but I have been using this for slightly bigger cakes, muffins or even for proofing dough for bread rolls. The caddy has a large lid that you can put down on the tray and then lock in place, you can then use the handle to carry the cupcakes, muffins etc around. Also, you may stack these on top of each other so you can store lots more cupcakes in one place but at £20.99 a caddy I don't think I'd be willing to purchase another one of these to test out whether it really works.
I must say that I do like the caddy, the look and feel of it is very reasonable and it feels sturdy. The size (45.5 x 35 x 14cm H) makes it a very reasonable size for a standard sized cake and the handle feels sturdy and doesn't feel like it is going to let me down. The main downside to this I can find is that on the rare occasion I have actually managed to not eat the cupcakes and try and transport them to someones house it's just not been as sturdy as it appears and several of the cupcakes have always ended up arriving with damaged frosting and in one case the frosting was actually stripped off the side of several of my cupcakes after they moved around just a little too much. I feel that this is a very good idea in principle and if you just want somewhere to store your cupcakes at home and make them look pretty then this is a fantastic caddy but if you want it for it's real purpose, travelling around, then I wouldn't recommend it unless you wedge it in somewhere to ensure it won't move at all.
As I mentioned above I have used this caddy for proofing dough for bread making and this was actually a tip on the Lakeland website. I use a bread maker to make the dough and I then place it inside this and put in a cupboard next to the oven and I find it's just perfect for ensuring the dough rises smoothly. That being said, because of the short comings of the travel requirements and the price of almost £21 this gets a 3/5 from me. It's advertised as being ideal for storing and carrying cupcakes and while it certainly stores them, and well, with them lasting several days and still being fresh, it's just not up to the job of carrying cupcakes when you are driving in the car.