Monday, 18 July 2011

Betty Crocker: Cookies & Cream Cupcake Mix

I've never been one of those amazing Mummies who manages to find time to make their own bread and bake cakes and cookies for local stalls and still find time to bake for their family and friends. So when Betty Crocker asked if I would like to review their cupcake mixes, I was a little worried that my baking ability would hinder my competence at being able to create mouth-wateringly delicious looking cupcakes like those on the front of the box! Thankfully I was wrong as there really isn't much skill or finesse required and the cupcakes really do turn out brilliantly (even with my lack of ability!!).

All you need is your cupcake mix box contents, 60ml of water, 2 eggs, a little bit of vegetable oil and 10-15ml of milk. The box contains cupcake mix, icing, sprinkles and the cupcake cases.

It really is simple... Three very quick and easy steps...

1. Beat the eggs, water, oil and sachet of cake mix together in a bowl. Lexi hand-whisked ours because it was much more fun than Mummy using the electric whisk! Warning: Hand whisking by a 23 month old is VERY messy - there was cake mix on the cats, up the wall and all over the table! Heehee.

2. Spoon the mixture into the cupcake cases (provided). This was a palaver as Lexi insisted on doing it single-handedly and more mixture was poured on the table and tray than in the cupcake cases! It does say on the box that a helpful hint would be to put the mixture into a jug and pour it in rather than using a spoon but it wouldn't have been half as fun so we stuck to the traditional method.

3. Whilst the cupcakes were baking for 16 minutes and then cooling on a wire rack, Lexi and Mummy did the final step which was to beat the icing with the milk. This didn't go entirely to plan as, rather than adding gradually until we had the right consistency, the milk got sloshed in all at once so our icing was a lot runnier than it was supposed to be and therefore didn't spread quite as well as it should have! Rather than spreading beautifully on top, it ran down the cupcakes and settled in a pool around the edge of the case with the peak of the cupcake sticking up like an island! Something we will definitely be more careful with next time so that the cupcakes look a little bit more as they should have!

Then the bit Lexi enjoyed the most... Sprinkles! Some had hundreds whilst others only had 1 or 2 sprinkles on.... I thought it gave each cupcake more character, proving they were made with love and fun was had making them by Lexi.

Lexi and Mummy had so much fun making the cupcakes but nothing could equal the look of sheer pride and delight on Lexi's face when she showed Daddy the cupcakes she had made "all by herself".

They may not have looked exactly as they did on the box...

But they sure were delicious...

I cannot sing the praises and talk about the ease of making these cupcakes enough. If Lexi and I can make them, anyone can! And no matter how many 'oops' moments you have when making them (like us with the milk in the icing), the cupcakes still turn out looking good and tasting amazing!

If you'd like to have a go at making some cupcakes yourself then take a look at the Betty Crocker website: where they have a huge range of mixes for brownies, muffins, cookies, cakes and cupcakes in varying yummy sounding flavours! They are also available to buy from Sainsburys, Waitrose, Asda, Morrisons, Ocado, Nisa, Booths and other outlets aswell as online.

You can also visit their Facebook page: for great recipe ideas!

Quick, simple, so much fun and delicious ... What more can you ask for!

Thank you Betty Crocker: making Betty your Cookies & Cream Cupcakes and then eating our own creations was very, very much Loved by Lexi!

Keep an eye out for our adventures and level of accomplishment when Lexi and I attempt to make the equally as gorgeous sounding Lemon Cupcake Mix in the next few days :)

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