I'm always baking cupcakes, cakes and cookies. Five days out of seven I would say that there's always a delicious smell of baking wafting from my kitchen. As I bake so much I do get through a vast quantity of cupcake cases. I do normally like to buy the patterned and coloured cupcake cases. I always like to use a specific colour of cupcake case to match the occasion, and I'm always buying and using the patterned and themed cupcake cases designed specifically for Christmas, Valentine's, Easter etc. However the patterned and coloured cupcake cases are not particularly cheap - the decent quality ones are not anyway, and especially not when you get through as many cupcake cases as I do! I was picking up a few bottles of the Dr. Oetker food colourings in Tesco recently, and I spotted these Dr. Oetker patterned cupcake cases on the shelf priced at just £1, that's much less than I would normally pay for patterned cupcake cases and so I decided at that price they were worth trying. The cupcake cases, or 'fun baking cases' as Dr. Oetker call them, come in a little plastic resealable packet which I like as it keeps the remaining cases clean and dust free between uses. Each packet contains 75 baking cases, and there's a choice of 2 colourways. One packet contains a bold bright red, a bright sunny yellow, and a bright spotty design - 25 cases in each colour. And the other packet contains a pale baby pink, a pale baby blue, and a pastel flowers and butterflies design - again 25 cases in each colour. I picked up a packet of each colourway. These are the standard cupcake size, they're not the larger muffin size, and they should probably fit all standard cupcake trays. They are the shallower cupcake cases and they do only come to the lip of the 'cup' in my cupcake trays. I have been buying cupcake cases which are a little deeper and rise above the lip on my cupcake trays, I like this size as it seems to support the frosting a little bit more, but for just £1 for 75 patterned baking cases I probably shouldn't really complain! The Dr. Oetker fun baking cases themselves are actually very very thin, I was really surprised at how thin they are. I do normally buy more expensive cupcake cases which are much thicker, and so I was a little bit shocked at these, again though they were cheap I guess! So how do they perform in baking? Not very well! The main problem is that they're not actually 'greaseproof paper' baking cases, they're obviously just 'baking paper' baking cases. Buying greaseproof baking cases makes a big difference, had I realised that these weren't I wouldn't have bothered with them. I probably should have known that they weren't though as they were so cheap. What happens with the Dr. Oetker 'baking paper' fun baking cases is that you get that 'greasy bottom' to your baked cupcakes. It is possible to solve this slightly by using two baking cases instead of one, but even then you still get slightly greasy bottomed cupcakes. Another problem with the Dr. Oetker fun baking cases is that they stick fast to a lot of the cupcakes and so when you're peeling the liner away from the cupcake a lot of the cake is actually stuck to the liner. The final problem I found with these fun baking cases is that they lose their colour/pattern when the cupcakes are baked. Again this is due to the baking cases not being 'greaseproof'. Vanilla cupcakes or light coloured batters work best in these Dr. Oetker fun baking cases, but even with a light coloured batter they still lose most of their colour/pattern. If I bake chocolate cupcakes or use dark coloured batters in these Dr. Oetker fun baking cases then they lose all of their vibrant colour/pattern. I might as well just use plain white cupcake cases, in fact white cases would look better as the colours in these fun baking cases just go a bit murky looking with dark coloured batters. Again it is possible to solve this slightly by baking the cupcakes in white liners first, and then setting the cupcakes (still in their white liners) in these Dr. Oetker fun baking cases just before serving. I wouldn't buy these fun baking cases again, even though they're much cheaper than the patterned cupcake cases that I normally buy. I personally thought that they were pretty rubbish!
As an avid baker I do enjoy making my creations look pretty and appealing to whoever I am making them for. I decided to get these as a treat to myself at easter as the only ones in my cupboard were cheap plain ones which I thought were too boring for the occasion. I got the ones on the right of the picture, the ones with flowers on as I thought this was more eastery. For £1 for 75 cases are not the cheapest of options, especially when they also provide 100 cases for 55p in their range. However, in comparison with going to a specialised baking shop such as Lakeland where you can easily be spending £2/£3+ for fancy baking cases, these don't look too bad of a price. I do find it hard to part with money on items that you know you are going to essentially just throw away, but these have added a special touch to my baking creations. I got these to hold crispy cakes for easter and I added coloured eggs which matched the colour of the case it was in. My family adored this aspect and the self satisfaction I got out of there compliments was brilliant. I have used Dr. Oetkers 55p plain cases before and I can tell you these more expensive ones are a step up. Not only are they coloured and printed but also the paper is of a much better quality. The cheaper ones you can almost see through and easily ripped. However these are much thicker and sturdier you almost don't need a tin to hold them in shape when you add whatever you are adding to them. I have since used them for fairy cakes and the cake doesn't stick to the paper and it is very easy to peel the wrapper away, whereas the cheaper ones could get stuck on particularly overbaked bits. Overall, these cases are of brilliant quality and add a lovely touch to your cakes. It really helps brighten them up and make them look more appealing. So even if you've burnt your cakes they don't look too bad if they have a pretty print on them! Definitely recommend. They are cheaper than other fancy cases and they do the job perfectly.
I quite enjoy baking, and whilst I usually use silicone baking cases nowadays, occasionally I do need to use paper cases instead, for instance when baking cakes for my daughters schools Christmas fair. It was for the Christmas fir baking that I purchased a pack of 75 fun baking cases, which I picked up in my local supermarket. I'm not entirely sure how much I paid for them at the time, but I think it was around the £1.50 mark. There were two variants on the shelf, and both of them are pictured above - a rather girly pastel and flower shapes set, and a bolder, more gender neutral spotty set. I opted for the spotty set, as her school is attended by both girls and boys. The cases in the set are in three colourways - bold solid red, solid yellow, and white with multicoloured spots. The cases have wrinkled edges which has a smart ruffled effect, and because the cases are quite flimsy they do need to be used alongside a cupcake/muffin pan in order for cakes not to become misshapen. I did have trouble separating the cases from each other, and I also find that they are not as deep as silicon cake cases, so I felt I needed to be a little more careful with how much mixture I spooned in, especially as any overspilling can't simply be wiped off, and any that spilled out of the case and onto the baking pan was additional washing up. The cakes were easy to remove from the baking pan once cooked, and when I tasted one (had to make sure I wasn't going to poison the kiddies!) the paper was easy enough to peel away from the cake, and of course once used these are just discarded. I do much prefer the silicon cases - I feel they are more environmentally friendly, they don't give me any troubles to separate, and they can be used without additional bake ware, however, for situations where silicon cases just aren't practical but you still need attractive presentation, these are a good substitute! They look very colourful and attractive, and grab the aye much better than the plain white paper cases, and the cakes I made all sold at the school fair, so I'm sure the kids thought so too!
I adore baking when my poor health and mobility problems allow, and whenever there is a special family occasion coming up I'm nearly always guaranteed to be on hand with a tin of freshly made muffins or cupcakes. My nephew's second birthday party recently was no exception, and I set aside plenty of free time in the two days prior to this family gathering to make some yummy treats for us all to enjoy. As I knew there were going to be six youngsters (including my nephew) in attendance at his party, I wanted to make some cakes and treats that would appeal to the kiddies attending. I came across the perfect accessory whilst shopping in a local branch of Tesco, where I was stocking up on flour and other ingredients. Sitting proudly on a shelf in the well-stocked baking aisle, was a small package of brightly-coloured cake cases that I thought would compliment my home-made 'clown cakes' perfectly. Packaged in a sort of plastic cylinder, the "Dr Oetker Fun Baking Cases" really stood out to me thanks to the bright primary colours and polka-dot design they have.. They certainly make a pleasant change from using plain old white paper cases to bake my cupcakes and fairy cakes! I believe that there are actually two design options of the 'Fun Baking Cases' to choose from, but the only offering available to me on this particular day was the red and polka dot combination, which is shown on the left hand side in the Dooyoo picture at the top of this page. There are no measurements or size information given on the packaging, but anyone who uses paper cake cases regularly will know what I mean when I say that the Dr Oetker Fun Baking Cases are a standard size, and are on a par with most of the plain white-coloured paper cases that are widely available in stores and supermarkets. The cases are very much aimed at being suitable for fairy cakes and small cupcakes, rather than being larger cases for muffins and the like. There are 75 individual cases in the plastic package, and there are three assorted colours to choose from, namely bright red, bright yellow and a multi-coloured polka dot design, which has assorted colours, such as green, red, blue and yellow on a plain white background. I paid around £1 for the pack of Dr Oetker Fun Baking Cases, which is more than I would normally spend on paper cake cases, I have to admit. When I was using the Dr Oetker Fun Baking Cases, it was almost immediately evident to me that they are a product of premium quality. The paper used for the cases is very thick and robust, and so is absolutely perfect for iced cakes such as the clown-design fairy cakes I was making on this occasion. As the cases are not at all flimsy or thinly designed, they held my fairy cake mixture perfectly and I thought the shape of the cakes was held perfectly, right up until they were put on display the following day. As any regular home-bakers will be aware, some of the more 'budget' paper cases that are available in stores are not particularly good at holding the shape of the cake at times due to the paper being overly flexible. This can cause the sides of your cake to come away from the protective paper case in places. Depending on the topping of your cupcakes or fairy cakes, this can be a fatal mistake...! There was absolutely no damage to the Dr Oetker Fun Cases after the cakes had cooked in the oven, and the brightness of the colours had not faded or altered at all. I confess that I'd have been extremely disappointed if it had, given the slightly higher-than-average price tag that these particular cases had. The Dr Oetker cake cases peeled easily from the fairy cakes I had baked, regardless of their thick, robust nature. I encountered no problems with removing the cakes from the cases, and there was no damage to my delicious cakes as a result of the cake mixture sticking TOO well to the paper cases. Even the little ones in attendance at the birthday party managed to remove their cakes from the pretty cases with ease. Thanks to the bright colours I had used on my hand-made clown cakes, the paper cases complimented the overall design and appearance of my cakes, and many of the guests at the birthday party commented on how pretty and fun they looked. Whilst the attractiveness of the cakes could have been achieved in plain white paper cases also, I did feel that the polka dot design paper cases I opted for really added a little more colour and charm to the appearance of my cakes overall, and I was extremely happy with the end result. I would wholeheartedly recommend the Dr Oetker Fun Baking Cases and think that the slightly higher-than-average price tag is justified in this instance, thanks to the good quality paper used in the cake cases, and the attractive design they add to the cakes themselves. They are sure to brighten up any table of party food and I thought they really complimented the cakes I chose to bake on this occasion. I have already bought some more of the paper cases to make my Christmas cupcakes as I was so impressed with them. There is a whole range of baking accessories available from the Dr Oetker range which can be found in larger supermarkets such as Tesco and Asda. You can expect to pay around £1 - £1.20 for the pack of 75 Fun Baking Cases from the range.
Dr Oetker Fun Baking Cases: Hot on the heels of my recent spate of baking related reviews is this review of Dr Oetker Fun Baking Cases. These are what I would refer to as "Cup Cake Cases" and they are essential part of kitchen kit. I make cup cakes often, it's therapeutic and I get a good sense of achievements making something so pretty so quickly and with so little effort. You can get so many different varieties of cup cake cases but what makes these special is that they are decorated so they instantly make your cup cakes look prettier. There are two "sets" of these each containing seventy five paper cases in three designs. The ones I buy most often are the girlier set of the two containing turquoise, pink and brightly floral cases. The other set has red, yellow and multi coloured spotty cases. Both sets look very modern and I am sure kids would love baking with them, (they'd make very nice rice crispy/cornflake nests over Easter), so it's great that there is a set perfect for boys as they so often get missed out from things like this. The cases come in a clear plastic tub with a lid that fits on nice and securely to make sure the cases stay in perfect condition when not in use. There is a disc of turquoise card on both the bottom and top of the tub. The packaging is decorated with bunting and looks very nice. These are obviously very simple to use, just pop one in each "dip" on a bun tray/Yorkshire pudding tray, (they are best used with a tray as the cake batter can cause them to collapse and you can end up with weirdly shaped cup cakes), fill with cake batter and cook! These are really good for the price, (89p at Morrison's, £1.09 from www.oetkeronline.co.uk), the only problem I have with them is that they allow some of the fat from the cakes to soak through the bottle so they can leave greasy marks on the cake stand/plate you display them on. When I have guests that I serve cupcakes to I sometimes pop the cakes, (case and all), into a second case when they come out of the oven and are cool. I recommend these to anyone who regularly makes cupcakes.