“ Brand: Green's / Type: Cakes „
It was my daughters birthday last week and we had to cancel our day out with her due to my step son having nits we couldn't take him to the soft play area. Due to this we decided that we would treat her by buying her cake mix's to make with her.
One of the cake mixtures that we bought was this chocolate orange muffins. I picked this one because I am a big chocolate fiend and when it said that it oozes orange flavours I couldn't resist. I then noticed the price at under a £1 that was it we bought a bunch of the mixtures of different types. We didn't cook this one till today and oooohh it is so nice.
I read the packet instructions and found that I only needed one egg and 7oz of water to make this mixture but it did only make 6 muffins. For today 6 muffins were enough and I made a joke with my son that these were adult cakes only which he laughed at me.
The mixture is easy to make, there is a packet of flour mixture that is to be emptied into the bowl, add one egg and the water and mix together. Once mixed put half the mixture in the cases then add the orange liquid on the top of the mixture and add the remaining mixture on the top of that to fill the cases. Pop the cakes in the oven on gas mark 6 for 20 minutes.
I couldn't smell these cakes when they were cooking and due to having a house full on my Friday coffee morning I managed to remember they were in the oven at just the right time. When I got them out the oven my friends eyes lit up they were huge mountain like chocolate cakes that you could then smell the orange in them. I could see the orange liquid seeping out of the cakes all sticky and warm.
I love cooking cakes and licking the bowl once they have been made. I noticed when I was licking the bowl that their were bits in the mixture when eating the mixture they were orange zest pieces that were not nice when uncooked so we just washed the bowl out. Once cooked these zest pieces are soft and you can not tell that they are in the cake. I also didn't think that they would rise very well due to the childrens cakes don't tend to when cooked but these reminded me of volcano's but made from chocolate.
I found the instructions very easy to follow and the good thing about the greens range is that the instructions are detachable and you can keep them not sure why you would want to do this due to you would have to keep the rest of the box to get the ingredients, I think this is just so you are able to put it somewhere when you are cooking but this is very simple so you will not need to follow them once they are in the oven.
The pack contains one pack of flour mixture, 2 plastic tubes of orange filling and 6 muffin cases. It was very simple and was worth the money that we paid for it.
The cakes were very rich so one got shared between 3 young children, my son didn't eat his he said he didn't like it because of the orange filling, myself and my friend ate 2 each because they were so nice. We could only manage one due to how filling and rich they were so we had the other after dinner due to them sitting staring at us.
I bought these from Asda due to they have got them on a special price. I think these are very good cakes to cook if you have not many skills in the cooking department. They are lovely tasting but wouldn't recommend that you eat too many of them or that the children eat them. They rise very well and the filling is easy to put into them. I have never eaten cakes with a runny centre and the fact that I can cook them like this is brilliant and am very tempted to make my own like this to see if it works. These are good for the coffee mornings with a nice cup of tea and the chocolate lovers. Children will find these good to make and are very easy for them to take part in. If I make these again I will be putting them into smaller cases due to I can have smaller amounts and their is more to go round. If making the muffin sizes I think I will be buying 2 packs so that their is enough to go round with extra for me to eat. I would advise these to everyone who loves chocolate and is a bit wobbly in the kitchen you cant go wrong in anyway. The cakes are not heavy on the stomach and have a nice sticky, sweet taste to them. These were worth the money and on my shop this week more will be being bought they work out cheaper than buying the ready cooked muffins. They do taste alot better when they are slightly warm because you have more of the gooey sticky taste it seems to dry up once they have cooled.
I don't usually use baking kits; I much prefer to bake my own cakes from scratch. I was shopping one day however and I was in the mood for baking, but I didn't have my ingredients list to hand so I decided to have a look at the baking kits. Nothing really took my fancy until I spotted this kit by Green's. The melt-in-the-middle muffins on the front of the box looked really tasty, and to make it even better, this mix was actually on offer in Morrisons! Asda also sell this for £1.79 however I got this on special offer from Morrisons for only 89p, a good bargain.
I carefully read the packet before I bought it and all that was needed was 1 medium egg. The box said it would make 6 muffins and the instructions sounded very easy. Back home after opening the box I found you get the muffin cases, the muffin mix in a packet, and 2 sachets (which look like ice pops before they're frozen!) with the orange syrup in. You didn't have to keep the whole box to refer to the instructions on the instructions on the back of the box pop out so you can throw the box away.
Making these muffins was easy and the whole process was over in a few minutes. You simply put the muffin mix in a bowl, add an egg and some water, then it's ready to go into the cases! I must admit I did miss the fun of weighing out butter, sugar, sifting flour... but this kit is excellent for absolute beginners to baking.
The instructions say to put 2/3 of the mixture into each muffin case, before putting some of the orange syrup on the top. It then said to cover the orange syrup completely with the rest of the muffin mix. I did see a problem here I didn't have really enough to go round and had to smooth the mixture over to completely cover the syrup. I think if I ever used this kit again I would probably do ½ of the mixture rather than 2/3 before adding the syrup.
It was then time for them to go into the oven for 25 minutes. The kitchen smelt of chocolate orange, very yummy! I was pleased with the results when it was time for the muffins to come out. Unfortunately some of the syrup had overflowed causing the muffin cases to be sticky, and my muffin tray very hard to clean! I will make sure next time I only do ½ mixtures before adding the syrup, as the 1/3 was not enough to cover the syrup and stop it from spilling over. As a result some of the muffins weren't 'melt in the middle' at all, and rather, a sticky mess. Saying that, they still tasted very nice and they were soon all gone!
So this was a very easy to use baking kit which I think is ideal for those days when you feel like cheating, or being lazy. I might purchase this again, or another from the range, if they are on offer as it's a good bargain when they are,