I love baking, so I was really pleased when Betty Crocker got in touch and asked me if I’d like to try out some of their products, including their new vanilla icing with sprinkles. As I’ve recently purchased a beautiful kMix, it seemed like the ideal time to test it out.
I received this selection of goodies and eventually decided to make a vanilla Victoria Sponge for my friend. I usually cook and bake everything from scratch and can be rather snobby when it comes to mixes. But…cake!
The cake could not have been simpler to make. The packet contained all the dry ingredients for a cake already mixed, so all I had to do was throw it in the mixing bowl and add 180 ml water, 3 eggs and 60ml vegetable oil, although I substituted this for olive oil. kMix did it’s thing and then I spooned the mix between my two cake tins and baked in the oven for 25 minutes (I have a hot oven). Soon we were treated to the lovely wafts of vanilla, cakey goodness.
There was a panic when I looked in the cupboards and the fridge and was unable to find any jam. There’s a question for you all, where do you keep your jam? I used to keep it in the cupboard but now it goes in the fridge. Nutella on the other hand stays in the cupboard. I thought I was going to have to do a
quick dash to the corner shop shove Jimmy out the door to go to the corner shop, but I eventually found some apple and blackberry jam hiding in the salad drawer of the fridge. A controversial choice for a Victoria Sponge but still delicious. Yum. I smeared the jam over one half of the cake and then opened up the vanilla frosting to spread on top. Then it occured to me that Mary Berry would be giving a stare whilst saying “that is sort of unacceptable” and Paul Hollywood said “This is the Bake Off final. You pipe your filling!” Jimmy did point out that I was in fact in our kitchen and secondly not in the Bake Off final but I ignored him and piped my filling anyway. Then I sprinkled some of the sprinkles on top because they looked pretty.
Finally, I assembled my cake and gave it a dusting of icing sugar.
The cake was delicious, really light with a lovely flavour. The icing wasn’t bad either, not as good as home made, but pretty good for a convinience product and the consistency made it easy to pipe. I usually have a cupboard full of baking ingredients, however this is a good option for someone wanting to make the occasional cake without having to buy everything, plus it saves the faff of measuring everything out and having a kitchen dusted with flour.
If you like cakes but aren’t so keen on the baking bit and want to cheat, Betty Crocker products are available in most UK supermarkets.