I was recently contacted by a company called The Make Pack to review one of their products. It's so hard to find 'object' gifts to give to people these days and I often turn to 'experience' gifts instead. I think The Make Pack is a great experience gift for the budding or experienced baker in your life as it provides clear instructions and pre-weighed out dry ingredients all packed neatly into a box. Plus you get a yummy treat at the end, that they might even share with you...!
There is a varied range of Make Packs to choose from. There are cakes and cupcakes, marshmallows and even bread. They let you know what fresh ingredients you'll need, such as eggs or butter, and if there's any special equipment you'll need, like cake tins. You can even buy some of the equipment from them when you buy your Make Pack!
I chose the White Chocolate Cupcakes with Chai Spice Buttercream to try out and when I opened up the box I found the instructions, the dry ingredients and chocolate in plastic bags, cupcakes cases and some greaseproof paper. The instructions were very detailed and thorough.
I creamed together the sugar and butter until fluffy.
I added eggs and milk, and whisked in.
Finally I mixed in the melted white chocolate and folded in the self raising flour. Not having to measure out the dry ingredients definitely speeded up the process!
I divided the batter evenly between the cupcakes cases.
I baked them on for 20 minutes until golden brown.
I melted the chocolate by dipping the bag in some hot water. I've never used this technique before, but it worked very quickly! I cut the corner of the bag and made some chocolate squiggles on the greaseproof paper.
To make the icing I mixed some of the chai spice with some milk.
I added butter and the icing sugar to make the buttercream. I personally would've halved the amount of milk as I did feel it wasn't thick enough.
To assemble the cupcakes I spread the icing on with a palette knife, sprinkled over the remaining chai spice, and added a chocolate decoration. They were so delicious! The cupcakes were lovely and light, although I can't say I could taste the white chocolate. I think it improved the texture rather than taste. The chai spice was amazing, it tasted SO good! Someone commented that they looked like mini cappucinos with the spice sprinkled on top.
They certainly disappeared fast after a family visit. I enjoyed using the pack and as someone who bakes a lot, I didn't particularly need to follow the instructions that closely. But if you've never baked before, they are extremely clear and concise. I think this would make a great gift for anyone that loves baking and the other recipes available sound so delicious! Check out their website to see the full range.
The Make Pack have also kindly given me two of their packs to giveaway to my readers! You can choose The Make Pack you wish to receive if you win. Use the Rafflecopter widget below to enter, good luck!