Saturday, 21 February 2015

The Make Pack: Review & Giveaway


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!

202 comments:

  1. My favourite has to be the chocolate fudge cake =)

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  2. I like sound of Sinfully sweet salted toffee

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  3. The Salted Toffee with Dark Chocolate & Hazelnuts pack sounds so good!

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  4. SPELT BREAD LOAVES WITH CRANBERRIES & WALNUTS

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  5. My favourite is the 'LIGHT & FLUFFY VANILLA MARSHMALLOWS SPRINKLED WITH HUNDREDS & THOUSANDS' :D they sound amazing!

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  6. yum yum hazelnut cake
    http://www.themakepack.com/packs/cake/heavenly-hazelnut-cake

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  7. white chocolate cupcakes with rosewater buttercream!

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  8. Loving the look of the Pistachio and Cranberry Biscotti

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  9. Def. Chocolate Fudge Cake :)

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  10. HAZELNUT CAKE WITH SUGAR SHARDS & CRYSTALS

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  11. The Chocolate Fudge Cake Pack YUM! xxx

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  12. would love to do the chocolate & vanilla cupcakes with caterpillars & snails with my girls :)

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  13. Chocolate fudge cake with the chilli!

    Ashleigh

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  14. id treat my fella to the hazelnut cake

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  15. Indulgent white chocolate cupcakes! :)

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  16. Chocolate Fudge Cake

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  17. I love the sound of the Indulgent white chocolate cupcakes with the smooth chai spice buttercream! They sound so amazing :D

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  18. It would be a Heavenly Hazelnut cake for me.

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  19. Triple chocolate layer fudge cake :)

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  20. White Chocolate Cupcakes With A Smooth Chai Buttercream MmM :)

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  21. the PISTACHIO & CRANBERRY BISCOTTI

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  22. I'm ready to eat http://www.themakepack.com/packs/bake/pistachio-cranberry-biscotti

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  23. The heavenly hazelnut cake gets my vote its amazing

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  24. the white chocolate cupcakes with rosewater :D

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  25. http://themakepack.com/packs/cake/vanilla-cupcakes#

    Fiona

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  26. Chocolate fudge cake x

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  27. http://www.themakepack.com/packs/sweet/lemon-marshmallows

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  28. So hard to choose just one, but I'd probably have to pick the white chocolate cupcakes with rosewater buttercream. What a fab giveaway- thankyou!

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  29. I like the hazelnut cake.

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  30. I've never seen them before but I'd love to try them ,thought they look fab, I'd try salted toffee pack first I think

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  31. white chocolate cupcakes with smooth chai buttercream

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  32. The chocolate and vanilla cupcakes

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  33. 2 MOREISH
    SPELT BREAD LOAVES
    WITH CRANBERRIES & WALNUTS

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  34. The Sinfully Sweet Salted Toffee

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  35. What a lovely idea! Thanks for your review, would love for the biscotti pack please x

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  36. Heavenly Hazelnut Cake

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  37. Your cupcakes certainly look like mini cappucinos! I love your chocolate decorations. It would have to be the hazelnut cake for me.

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  38. yummo!! My wife and I would totally enjoy the WHITE CHOCOLATE CUPCAKES
    WITH ROSEWATER BUTTERCREAM!!

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  39. White chocolate cupcakes with rosewater buttercream or hazlenut cake

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  40. The Chocolate Fudge Cake with a hint of chilli looks interesting

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  41. CHOCOLATE VANILLA CUPCAKES TOPPED WITH CATERPILLARS & SNAILS - so cute!

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  42. Margaret Lee-Roberts26 February 2015 at 16:53

    They all sound so delicious. The white chocolate cupcakes with rosewater buttercream sounds like a first choice.

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  43. http://www.themakepack.com/packs/cake/chocolate-fudge-cake The chocolate fudge cake! Looks amazing

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  44. The chocolate fudge cake with chili powder sounds amazing! Also, thanks for showing how to make those chocolate swirls-such a fancy addition to cupcakes!

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  45. vanillla marshmallows

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  46. hazelnut cake
    olga carpenter

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  47. Sweet salted toffee

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  48. I love the look of this http://www.themakepack.com/packs/cake/heavenly-hazelnut-cake

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  49. SALTED TOFFEE
    WITH DARK CHOCOLATE & HAZELNUT, but they all sound yummy!

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  50. WHITE CHOCOLATE CUPCAKES
    WITH ROSEWATER BUTTERCREAM

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  51. I like the look of the spelt bread loaves with cranberries and walnuts

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  52. Definitely a great idea for a gift! I'd love the lemon marshmallows with coconut (for my sis!) or the white chocolate cupcakes with rosewater buttercream (for me)!

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  53. I would love a go at the vanilla marshmallows

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  54. Spelt bread loaves with cranberries & walnuts

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  55. chocolate vanilla cupcakes sound lovely xx

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  56. vanilla marshmallows

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  57. The vanilla marshmallows

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  58. Sinfully sweet salted toffee - yum!

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  59. Sinfully sweet salted toffee - yum!

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  60. The Salted Toffee with Dark Chocolate & Hazelnuts pack

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  61. 12 IRRESISTIBLE CHOCOLATE VANILLA CUPCAKES TOPPED WITH CATERPILLARS & SNAILS!!! <3 <3

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  62. http://www.themakepack.com/packs/cake/heavenly-hazelnut-cake

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  63. Chocolate & Vanilla Cupcakes

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  64. marshmallows.. never been brave enough to try them!

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  65. chocolate fudge cake does it for me every time

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  66. What a great idea! The spelt loaves with cranberries and walnuts sound lovely.

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  67. Sinfully sweet salted toffee

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  68. Id like to try the chocolate vanilla cupcakes

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  69. HAZELNUT CAKE WITH SUGAR SHARDS & CRYSTALS

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  70. Pistachio and Cranberry biscuits. EJ Dunn

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  71. Rachael Pilkington8 March 2015 at 21:40

    The vanilla marshmallows

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  72. Rosie Holloway9 March 2015 at 11:39

    Delicate white chocolate cupcakes with rosewater buttercream

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  73. OoOHH I really want to try the truffles!

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  74. The hazelnut cake caught my eye

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  75. Chocolate fudge cake

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  76. The white chocolate cupcakes, yummy!

    Celia West

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  77. CHOCOLATE VANILLA CUPCAKES
    TOPPED WITH CATERPILLARS & SNAILS

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  78. The chocolate fudge cake looks amazing.

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  79. Chocolate fudge cake my favourite

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  80. Vanilla marshmallows!! - leanne w

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  81. vanilla mashmallows scrummmmmmmmmmmmmmmmy

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  82. PISTACHIO & CRANBERRY BISCOTTI

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  83. CHOCOLATE VANILLA CUPCAKES TOPPED WITH CATERPILLARS & SNAILS

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  84. LEMON MARSHMALLOWS COATED IN TOASTED COCONUT

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  85. The vanilla marshmallows sound good!

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  86. Has to be the chocolate fudge cake pack

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  87. chocolate fudge cake :) thanks for the chance x

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  88. my daughter is next to me and the one I always bake with she love the looks of the Chocolate vanilla cupcakes topped with caterpillars and snails.

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  89. The Hazelnut Cake with sugar shards and crystals sounds and looks amazing :)

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  90. SPELT BREAD LOAVES WITH CRANBERRIES & WALNUTS


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  91. The white chocolate cup cakes sound good

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  92. Salted toffee with dark chocolate and hazelnuts.

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  93. I would love to try the White Chocolate Cupcakes with Roesewater Buttercream. It sounds lovely with the Rosewater.

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  94. The chocolate fudge cake and would include the chilli :-)

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  95. Heavenly Hazelnut Cake sounds amazing!

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  96. I'd love the Biscotti pack

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  97. Chocolate fudge cake yummy

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  98. biscotti with chocolate looks yummy x

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  99. 12 IRRESISTIBLE
    CHOCOLATE VANILLA CUPCAKES
    TOPPED WITH CATERPILLARS & SNAILS

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  100. Chocolate Fudge Cake for me please

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  101. the choc vanilla cupcakes with caterpillars & snails

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  102. Sinfully sweet salted toffee

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  103. Chocolate Vanilla Cupcakes with Caterpillars & Snails

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  104. mmm the HAZELNUT CAKE
    WITH SUGAR SHARDS & CRYSTALS sounds amazing

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  105. Chocolate Vanilla Cupcakes.

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  106. Triple chocolate layer fudge cake

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  107. I'd like to try the truffle selection

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  108. The Salted Toffee with Dark Chocolate & Hazelnuts sounds heavenly

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  109. Chocolate fudge cake every time for me

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  110. The triple layer chocolate fudge cake looks amazing!!

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  111. Chocolate fudge cake!! Although I think Id love to try them all yummy!

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  112. Delicate White Chocolate Cupcakes

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  113. Chocolate vanilla cupcakes , look so nice x

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  114. The Heavenly Hazelnut cake.

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  115. The Salted Toffee with Dark Chocolate & Hazelnuts pack, although they all sound delicious.

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  116. The Salted Toffee with Dark Chocolate & Hazelnuts sounds and looks amazing! :)

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  117. CHOCOLATE FUDGE CAKE mmmmmm

    http://sarahandc.blogspot.co.uk/

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  118. WHITE CHOCOLATE CUPCAKES
    WITH ROSEWATER BUTTERCREAM

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  119. The chocolate fudge cake would be the favourite in our house

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  120. The WHITE CHOCOLATE CUPCAKES
    WITH A SMOOTH CHAI BUTTERCREAM sound divine!

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  121. The Lemon Marshmallows look delicious

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  122. Vanilla mrshmallows sound sooo good!

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  123. Vanilla Marshmallows Sprinkled with Hundreds and Thousands
    Victoria B

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  124. Chocolate Fudge Cake - sounds delicious

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  125. Salted Toffee with Dark Chocolate & Hazelnuts pack sounds just up my street

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  126. 12 IRRESISTIBLE
    CHOCOLATE VANILLA CUPCAKES TOPPED WITH CATERPILLARS & SNAILS
    kids would love baking them with me

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  127. http://www.themakepack.com/packs/cake/chocolate-fudge-cake
    The chocolate fudge cake (without the chilli)

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  128. I'm intrigued by the Light & Breezy Lemon Marshmallows, as that is one thing I have never made.

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  129. Vanilla marshmallows

    Kay panayi

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