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Review: Morrisons Cake Kit

Product: Chocolate Fudge Cake Kit

Price: £1.69, Morrisons

Following on from my Betty Crocker Cookie review, I thought I’d try out a few more brand’s cake mixes for comparison so you may see a few reviews over the coming weeks.  Next up was a chocolate fudge cake from Morrisons.

Morrisons Chocolate Fudge Cake Mix

First impressions, you need to add more ingredients to this mix which to me, kinda defeats the object of buying a cake mix.  I had to add eggs and measure out milk and butter which if I’m doing that isn’t saving me a huge amount of time or money than if I did it from scratch.  Plus the recipe calls for 6 inch cake tins.  NO ONE OWNS 6 INCH CAKE TINS!!!!!  I hate recipes that ask for this – the standard is 8 inch which means I’m going to end up with a very flat cake.

There are 3 packets in the box, cake mix, frosting mix and white choc chips.  First step was to mix the cake mix with some of the butter and milk and 2 eggs.  I reduced the amount of milk slightly as I was using large eggs instead of medium.

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Divide the mix into your two greased tins and bake for 20 – 25 minutes.

The cakes baked pretty evenly which was good but as predicted were very flat!

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Whilst they were cooling, I made the frosting.  Again you had to add butter and milk so all you are really getting is some icing sugar and a bit of cocoa powder.

Morrisons Chocolate Fudge cake Mix

I spread the frosting between the two cakes and on the top and sides then melted the chocolate chips in the bag in some hot water as directed, snipped the corner and drizzled the chocolate over the top.  Doing it in the bag was a bit fiddly to be honest so it ended up looking a bit of a mess!

Morrisons chocolate fudge cake mix

The cake itself was ok, it was chocolatey which is the main thing you want from a chocolate cake I guess! I probably wouldn’t buy this product again.

 

D x

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Review: Betty Crocker Cookie Mix

Product: White Chocolate Chunk Cookie Mix

Price: £1.35 Tesco 

I never really use pre-mixed cake mixes, I love baking so it feels a bit to me like cheating!  However saying that, there is definitely a market out there for people who don’t have a huge amount of kitchen equipment or store cupboard full of baking goodies at home and want to give it a try.  I don’t bake a lot of biscuits, I’m more of a cake girl so thought I’d start off with this premix from Betty Crocker for White Chocolate Chunk Cookies.

Betty Crocker Cookie Mix

 

Everything you need is in the mix, you just need to add water which is a huge bonus.  From opening the packet to the oven was around 10 mins so they were super quick to make.  This mix does only make 8 though so if you are a family of four or more you may want to consider buying a couple of mixes 🙂

The instructions are really simple to follow, empty into a bowl, add water, mix, divide into 8 balls and cook.  Couldn’t really get any simpler than that!

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Bake for 10-12 mins at Gas mark 5, my oven is pretty slow normally so I left them for the full 12 minutes. Then, (fanfare du du du duuuuur) 8 freshly baked cookies in 22 minutes flat 🙂

Betty Crocker Cookie Mix Betty Crocker Cookie Mix

They tasted pretty good too!  They had a good amount of chocolate chips in which I was surprised by and had that great gooey cookie texture that you get from fresh cookies.

With these cookies I think I would definitely consider keeping a couple of packs in the cupboard for unexpected visitors or when you just get that cookie craving!  They are also so quick and simple that they would be fab to do with the kids.  Nothing better than cookies straight out of the oven 🙂

 

D x

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The Novelli Academy – Faster Pasta course

Last month I attended my first ever cooking course at The Novelli Academy in Hertfordshire.  I’d wanted to go on a course for a long time and stumbled across the academy.  My decision to go here was largely because it’s reasonably local to me and I’m also a fan of Jean Christophe.  They have a large selection of courses covering everything from African cuisine to French patisserie, I struggled to choose which one to go on as there were so many I was interested in but settled on the Faster Pasta course because of my love of Italian cuisine.

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