All posts tagged Baking

Dr Oetker – Bake in the box cakes

Published March 21, 2018 by Bizzimummy

Dr Oetker have come up with a unique and easy way to make delicious tasting loaf cakes. Their new product is a Bake in the box cake which seem designed to eliminate the usual mess made when baking.

The only thing inside these cake kits is a packet of cake mix. The mix goes back inside the specially made box, add milk, stir and place in the oven for approximately 30 minutes.

I was really surprised at just how well they turned out. The split in the middle is caused by slicing the mixture after ten minutes which I believe helps it cook better. The cakes are fairly small but was enough for the four of us once cooled and sliced.

There are three varieties to choose from and my overall favourite was the yummy banana & choc chip which tasted very similar to one of our own homemade banana cake recipes.

Don’t forget that Dr Oetker can take care of all your baking needs with a vast selection of baking products.

Here are just a few of them!

Indigo Nutrition chocolate making kit

Published July 17, 2017 by Bizzimummy

Indigo Herbs are all about healthier lifestyles, healthy eating, superfoods and food for vegans. We were recently asked to try out one of their raw chocolate making kits. We are not a vegan family but we all love our chocolate treats so of course we agreed and then this box arrived. 

The kits start from £19.99 and contain all the ingredients needed to make our own "pure raw chocolate"

Raw chocolate is more healthier than the milk alternatives. Being a food suitable for vegans does mean no milk or dairy products are used. Therefore the finished chocolate is dark, stronger cocoa percentage and slightly more bitter than regular chocolate but it stlll tastes good. 

Have you ever wondered what gives good chocolate that wonderful chocolate smell? Well it's all down to this stuff! 

This being our melting organic cacao butter, it is known by other names too including cocoa butter and kakaw. From the moment I opened the packet I could instantly smell chocolate. This butter is 100% pure natural cacao derived straight from the cacao plant. It is one of the main ingredients in most chocolate products and is the ingredient which makes chocolate smell so good.

The butter is like small lumps of rock to begin with, it needs melting down to liquid and slowly too or the nutrients will be destroyed if heated too fast. Once melted we added the packet of raw vanilla powder and then all the cacao powder. Then it looked a bit more like chocolate.

With this kit we also got several small cake cases, but we also already had a few unused baking moulds lying around in the drawers, so this was a good excuse to get them out.

The chocolate mixture is poured into the moulds and we added some nuts and goji berries which are also included in the kit. Then put the moulds straight into the freezer to set. As chocolate does not really freeze, there is no risk of it spoiling if left too long. 

Raw chocolate does not taste as good when melted or when cooking with it. It tastes much better when set and ready to eat, so best not to lick the spoons with this stuff. 

And once set!

And that's not all of our raw chocolate creations either. We also found a quick yummy recipe on the Indigo herbs website for salted peanut butter cacao cups. These are really really easy and we happened to have half a jar of peanut butter in the cupboard too that needed using up.

Using the made raw chocolate mixture and the included cake cases, we poured a small amount of chocolate into each case and immediately placed them in the freezer to harden a little. Then took them out and placed a layer of peanut butter onto each one.

Followed by another layer of raw chocolate on top and back in the freezer for more time to set. These are just delicious and now I know how to make them, I will certainly be making some more.

There are several other raw chocolate recipes on the website, most of which just require the chocolate making kit and a few basic ingredients.

I found one main thing that differs with this raw chocolate as opposed to regular chocolate types is that it seems to melt much quicker, almost instantly after removing it from the freezer. It doesn't turn to mush in your hand but I could feel it start to melt very quickly. It's probably best kept in the freezer or a cold part of the fridge until ready for eating or using.

These kits are great and we have all enjoyed making and eating the chocolate. They can also make lovely gifts too. 

Dessert making with Opies

Published June 16, 2017 by Bizzimummy

One of the brand stalls at the Blog On conference last month had some rather tasty looking treats. These treats were made using Opies jars. Opies are one of the oldest private family owned companies in the UK. They are well known for many family favourites such as their jars of pickle onions and cocktail cherries. Opies sell glass jars of meal accompaniments and ingredients.

I have been sent a big box of Opies goodies which I will certainly be making good use of with a few food type posts over the next few weeks.

The first two products I used are these! 

Cocktail cherries and the luxury Summer berry compote. 

The cherries are part of the Opies cocktail range and can of course be put on one of those little cocktail sticks which then gets added to a drink. But they are also great for cooking and baking with. 

At Blog On I got to try a cherry and almond cake which was delicious and I knew I just had to try to make it myself at home. This recipe can be viewed on the Opies website along with many others. The ingredients are basic, the usual things found in a cupboard (flour, eggs, sugar, butter etc) and a bag of chopped almonds plus almond essence which are both inexpensive. 

The cherries needed cutting in half and then everything mixed together just like a regular sponge cake. Izebella was so happy to be helping mummy make this. 

And then we baked it for 65 minutes until it was golden and ready for eating.

It’s a delicious cake to make. It tastes a lot like the cherry Bakewell tarts/cakes that can be shop bought and following the online recipe and ingredients gave us a pretty large cake to enjoy.

The cherries are quite chunky and juicy, even when sliced in half. I think next time we make this, we will try to cut the cherries a little smaller if we can. It is a really nice cake and makes the perfect afternoon tea.
The Summer berry compote is a blend of British berries together (strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, etc). It looks like a rich jam but it is intensely sweet. This can be used for many things including adding to breakfast, yoghurt, on toast, pancakes, or in a fruit salad. It can even be used in cakes or for baking. I decided to use a little with my favourite dessert – meringue. 

Here I used shop bought meringue nests as I have no idea how to make my own. A pot of whipped cream (I whipped myself) and a drizzle of the compote. These went down extremely well with my children, so much so that they were asking me to go and buy some more. The compote adds that bit of sweet tangy flavour to break up the cream taste.

With the meringue, cream and compote I also made sundaes in sundae cups.

These were easy, using crushed meringue for the base, adding cream and the compote and slightly blending in. A perfect Summers dessert. 

Opies products are available in most good stores and supermarkets and I will be posting more Opies products and recipes in the next few weeks.

The Pudding Post subscription 

Published May 15, 2017 by Bizzimummy

Yes I can’t get enough of these subscription boxes/services. I just absolutely love them all. 

This one is a new one for me. Yes it’s a recipe/food type box of which I’ve had a few, but this is the first time I’ve had a pudding subscription box.  It’s also the first one I have come across in the UK. 

It’s called The Pudding post and just like the  meal/savoury recipe boxes I was sent all I needed along with a recipe card to make a pudding. This is a monthly subscription and so a different pudding  gets sent monthly. 

This is pretty much how the boxes look. All the ingredients are pre-measured and then vacuum sealed which keeps everything really fresh and prevents squashing in transit. The vacuum packaging also means everything shrinks to fit in a smallish box. 

For my box I got all the ingredients to make a Pear, Hazelnut chocolate torte with ginger biscuit base. If anyone had told me I could make this previously I would of laughed and said no chance! To look at the photograph of it, it looks quite difficult, but it’s fairly easy. 

This pudding involved 3 stages of preparation. The biscuit base, the chocolate mix and the pear poaching. The instructions were really clear throughout and it really helped that everything came already measured. The only things that are not supplied by The pudding post are butter , eggs and of course the water.

My pear peeling went a little “pear shaped” I’m not the best at peeling but they poached just fine and I was able to get a few okay shaped slices from them. 

This is the pudding prior to baking for 40 minutes. 

I used graseproof paper rather than greasing the tin. 

And once baked! 

I am quite impressed by my first attempt at this pudding. The pears are visible on top of the pudding. The top is firm and crumbly and inside is like a gooey brownie, soft, chocolatey and sweet. Ginger chocolate was used along with dark chocolate and poured onto a base of crushed ginger biscuits making it very gingerish.  All the ingredients and flavours work really well together and it tastes amazing. My kids love it too.

The pudding post subscription is £14.85 a mine and will certainly give subscribers something to look forward to each month. 

Festive baking 

Published December 7, 2016 by Bizzimummy

My  children have been busy baking recently and it’s all Christmas themed, just to get us in the festive mood a bit more. 

We used the new Snowman and snowdog kits from Cake angels. They can be purchased in most supermarkets.  These kits are really good for kids as the instructions are easy to follow and the cakes don’t take long at all. 

Ryan pretty much did all the baking by himself. The only parts I really helped him with was rolling out the gingerbread dough and obviously taking cakes out of the oven.
He found the chocolate muffin cakes pretty straight forward. These come with edible snowman paper decorations, but it just so happened that we already had some cake angels festive edible cake toppers in the cupboard so on they went. And here are Ryan’s snowman chocolate muffins. 

The gingerbread kit again was pretty straightforward. It comes with icing tubes, jelly beans and a paper stencil for the shapes which is placed on the dough and cut around. Unfortunately cutting around the dough just was not working, so instead we used some cookie cutters that we already had. These made heart and flower shapes and using some white chocolate along with the included icing, Ryan was able to create snowmen. 

He baked everything just right, not bad for a 12 year old boy. I did of course supervise him around the oven and both the cakes and biscuits taste lovely.

The kits cost about £2-£2.50 each. 

Num Noms Wacky Bakers challenge 

Published October 6, 2016 by Bizzimummy

We have been challenged by Num noms to create our own recipes and also sent more delightful num noms sets. 

We could pretty much make what we liked with the focus around baking or sweet stuff, the sweet num noms always smell the best. We have all been busy the past few weeks creating a lot of sweet things with num nom inspiration.

This is our Num nom mess, our version of Eton Mess, we use Sara strawberry for inspiration and strawberry cream Num nom. This yummy dessert is very simple to make and you can create your own versions as you please. 

We use crushed meringue with icecream, strawberries, chocolate and squirty cream. I think the num noms would be very happy with this dessert.
We also made a very easy strawberry cheesecake. This was made using a digestive biscuit and butter base. Then whipping cream and cottage cheese together and finally adding the strawberries and sprinkles.

Two recipes both based around strawberries and cream with two unique tastes.

We do love num noms and desserts in our house.

Dr Oetker: Easy choc and Easy ice.

Published July 4, 2016 by Bizzimummy

All baking mums (and dads) will be familiar with the Dr Oetker brand and their range of baking goodies. The most recent products from Dr Oetker make it easier to ice and coat cakes. These products are known as “Easy choc” and “Easy ice”. 

Easy choc comes in both milk and white chocolate. It comes in small plastic tubs and when opened this is what you get. 

Yes it’s a large cup shape slab of milk chocolate which actually looks very tempting to just pick up and nibble on all night, I did find it rather hard to resist. However what one needs to do is heat it up in the microwave until it looks like this. 

And it still looked so damn tempting to just eat there and then. 

So the idea of this easy to choc is; once melted, to pour, cover or drizzle over cakes. Or it can be used for dipping – “think strawberries and marshmallows and who needs an expensive chocolate fountain”

Ryan made some cherry scones at school in his cookery class, and it just so happened that our tubs of easy choc had arrived that same morning. We therefore had the rather smart idea to turn the scones into chocolate covered scone cakes with cream. Ryan was very happy to demonstrate how to do it. 

So! There is no complex science or instructions behind easy choc, you simply, heat, pour, cool and enjoy and that’s it. And it’s just delicious yummy chocolate which makes everything taste much better. (Not that I’m knocking Ryan’s scones one bit)

Now onto the other product – “Easy ice”. Icing cakes can sometimes be difficult and daunting. Rolling ice or finding correct icing bags and even making the stuff correctly to begin with. Dr Oetker seem to take a lot of stress away with their easy ice packets. 

There are 3 packets to choose from at the moment being pink, yellow and chocolate. The icing is already made and sealed inside the packets so no mess with the icing sugar. It can go a little firm inside the packet, especially if kept for a while. To soften it again the packet just needs to be placed in a cup of hot water for a short while and kneaded a little. 

To use, snip the corner of the packet open and simply squirt over the cakes or biscuits.

Again this is Ryan demonstrating how it works, he loves baking and cooking and here we are using plain fairy cakes. If you want the icing to look neater then just use a knife or spoon to spread around evenly. Then cool in fridge.

Ryan also decided to add various sprinkles to his cakes, which I should add are all part of the Dr Oetker brand too.

Easy choc and Easy ice can be purchased in most supermarkets and many smaller shops. Easy choc pots are approximately £1.79 each and Easy ice just 79p each.
I have often wondered why the baking brand is called Dr Oetker and it turns out that Dr Oetker dud actually exist.

“In 1893 pharmacist Dr. August Oetker introduced Bakin a convenient and superior quality form of Baking Powder packed in small sachets containing exactly the right amount needed to make the popular Gugelhupf cake (the German equivalent of our ever popular Victoria sponge cake).         Dr. Oetker (UK) Limited is part of the International Dr. Oetker group, a privately owned business, established in 1891 that has been successfully run by four generations of the Oetker family, with its international head office in Bielefeld Germany.

        Home Baking is at the heart of Dr. Oetker and Bakin was the company’s very first product launch, in 1893.”

Sugar and Crumbs

Published January 16, 2015 by Bizzimummy

One of my new year resolutions was too do more in the kitchen by way of more cooking and more baking. This has been helped by a company named Sugar and Crumbs who have kindly offered to send me over a variety of baking and cake decorating products throughout the year and with suggestions of themes on what to make.
For my first little project I have been sent over some packs of Natural flavoured icing sugars.

These icing sugars come in many unique flavours and in pink 250g packs. When mixed with butter it gives a fair bit of butter cream, certainly enough for a family sized cake. The packs are also resealable, meaning it can be stored if not all of it gets used.
My 3 flavours are coconut, Key lime and Sugar & Spice. I had no idea that flavoured icing sugars such as these existed. I always assumed I would have to flavour it myself.

The theme for this month is Celebrating Valentines with Meringues. I was very happy with this theme as meringue is my favourite cake although I have to admit I have never made meringue and to be honest I have no idea how to. The meringues are shop bought this time, but the buttercream filling is proudly made by me.

To start with i measured out the butter- 125g is needed with the full pack.

For this particular cake making expedition I am using the coconut icing sugar which I added half to the beaten butter and mixed/beaten in.

I think my bowl may have been too small as when I started beating the sugar and butter, the sugar went everywhere and I mean everywhere. The cupboards, floor, sink and my shoes got covered and now the inside of my Hoover is white ha.
The beating bit took a fair while as I don’t yet own an electric whisker so it’s all by hand, the old fashioned way which kills the arms.
Once one half of the sugar was all mixed in, in went the other half along with some milk and more thorough mixing. I have not made buttercream before so I found it hard to tell just how much beating it needed. Once it looked a little fluffy I stopped. I then added a few drops of pink food colouring to fit in with the Valentine theme (pink is also my favourite colour)

These are my mini meringue shells which are shop bought. There are 20 in the packet.

Then all I did was fill the meringues with cream, add some strawberries and chocolate hearts and here’s my finished masterpiece!

I think a plate like this would make a great dessert for a romantic valentines meal in. The buttercream tastes good, I’m quite proud of it for my first attempt. The meringues with the cream are very very sweet so it’s a good job they are only small.

I made ten of these in total and still had quite a bit of the buttercream left over.
My children certainly enjoyed them and have asked me when I am making them again. I think they believe I made the actual meringue too, oh well.

I will be putting my other icing sugars to use very soon too but I am definitely investing in an electric whisk first as my arm is aching.

Visit Sugar and Crumbs for more information on the icing sugars available.

Festive Afternoon tea

Published December 16, 2014 by Bizzimummy

Me and Izebella have been very busy this morning both making and icing cupcakes. To help us get in the festive mood and to make our cakes ready for Santa, Creative-Tops sent over some lovely Christmas pieces from their Katie Alice Yuletide Sleigh ride collection. Our box including the Cake stand, napkins, cupcake cases and toppers, Time for tea gift set and a Fine China Tankard mug.

This collection does indeed look very festive with colours of red and frosty blue, all decorated with reindeers and Santa with lots of pretty snowflakes.

The first thing to do was put the cake stand up. It’s a 3 tier stand which will hold a fair few cakes. Very easy to put up its a few pieces of strong card which slot together and it can be carried via a handle at the top. Izebella seemed quire fascinated by the stand and she instantly knew it was for cakes. Miss Clever clogs.

Then we had to make some cakes. I already had a packet of cake mix in my cupboard which is super easy to make. I used the Katie Alice cupcake cases which come in a pack of 24 along with the festive cake toppers which come with the cases. In just 20 minutes the cakes were baked. Izebella poured icing on with a spoon which turned out a little messy but they taste good all the same.


I was only able to make 11 cakes with the packet I had so I still have plenty of cup cases and toppers for another batch before Christmas. Here are the finished festive cakes with toppers and on the stand. Perfect for Santa’s visit on Christmas Eve!
Of course Santa is not due for another 8 days and so many hours (my kids aren’t here to remind me of the exact countdown) and these cakes won’t keep until then so looks like mummy will have to start eating them instead. Obviously I have to sample them to make sure they taste ok don’t I!
This Time for Tea gift set is just perfect for a mini afternoon tea. In the box is a fine China mug, a tray and a cork coaster. It will probably hold 2 standard cups at a push or one cup with the coaster. Izebella has taken a shine to the tray and seems to think its hers for her biscuits tho. And of course we can’t have afternoon tea without napkins. These napkins are very festive indeed showing Santa in his sleigh.
Finally if your having a guest round for tea and they can drink a bit more than most. Then there is this beautiful large Christmas tankard. It’s a bigger version of the cup in the Time for Tea set above and again made from fine China.
This makes a big cup of tea or coffee but I have a feeling that on Christmas Eve this may just be getting filled with warm mulled wine and left out for Santa and the elves when they visit. I don’t want Santa too drunk tho so perhaps half full may be better.
All of these lovely products and more can be found to purchase at The English Table website.
I’m not sure there will be much cake left soon!











Sweet Summer treats with Creative tops

Published June 25, 2014 by Bizzimummy

Established in 1996, Creative Tops Ltd started life making just one product, glass work top savers with surface design.
Then in 1998 we began to manufacture lap trays and in no time at all the range grew to encompass a whole collection of co-ordinated products including; tablemats, coasters, trays, mugs, dinner sets, gift sets, textiles, kitchen accessories and much more.
The product range from Creative Tops can also be found at The English Table website.

I have been sent some lovely kitchen products from Creative tops. These products are designed for making lots of sweet Summer treats, cakes and biscuits.
I was sent products from both the Alice Kate and the Retro treats collections.

Kate Alice Collection
Kate Alice is a Northanptonshire designer who has created a stunning range of vintage inspired table wares and textiles.Her collection includes the following pieces from her Cottage flower range. The pieces all have a real vintage look, many with floral patterns which remind me of my parents kitchen and table wares when younger.

Embossed stoneware mixing bowl £20

This beautiful bowl reminds me of one my dad would use when I was younger. My dad was actually worked as a baker at one point and would often make cakes and cookies for us all. I remember his bowl being white, big and heavy, just like this one. I was really pleased to receive it as I have been relying on rubbish plastic ones until now. The bowl is decorated with an embossed vintage cottage flower design which goes all around the bowl. It is made from stoneware and has a dimension of 240x140mm. I can tell it’s excellent quality just by it’s weight as it is fairly heavy. It fits a lot inside it too.


Cookie Cutters

These are a fun little set of cookie cutters with a heart, star, circle and flower. We are going to have lots of fun making cookie shapes with these and they cost just £6.00.

Set of 2 tins
Also from the Kate Alice collection are these 2 cake/biscuit tins in Shabby Chic vintage style.

The two tins come together as a collection with the smaller biscuits tin fitting snuggly inside the cake tin when not in use.
These tins are perfect for cakes and cookies. I cannot count the amount of times I have made cakes for kids then realised I have nothing to put them in.
They look really classic and retro too and stand out in any kitchen.
Of course they are also useful for shop bought cakes and biscuits too or general food storage.
Dimensions: Large – 26.1 x 18.5 x 9.4 cms
Small – 20.6 x 15.4 x 8.3 cms

The tin set costs £13.00

Retro Treats
Retro treat range is another great selection of products from Creative Tops. These products give everything you need to create those favourite desserts and treats. Everything from mugs, jugs, ice cream cups, straws and sundaes.

Here are the products I am testing out.

Stoneware Sundaes

These remind me a little of something I enjoyed as a child. A tall cup like this filled with strawberries, cream and other delights. Tho I can’t remember the name of it. They also have the American diner look to them don’t they?
They come in both pink and yellow and will be loved by family members big and small.
They cost £6.99 each and measure 3.25″ (8.4cm) wide, 7.25″ (18.7cm) high.

Vintage straws

These straws are reminiscent of the 50s era. They are paper, not plastic and again have that vintage American diner feel. They make me think of old retro juke boxes.

Our Sweet Creations

I was sent Sundaes so that’s exactly what I made to begin with. I scoured internet sites looking for recipes and inspiration. There are many different types of Sundaes that can be made including chocolate, fruit and many more. When it comes to Sundaes you can really throw anything in that you like.
I had been given a big bag full of fresh strawberries. I then bought some nice biscuits, meringues, strawberry jam, and a tub of strawberry cheesecake ice cream.
I crushed up the biscuits, meringue and mixed in jam into my Kate & Alice Stoneware bowl


In the bottom of the Sundae cups I put a mini marshmallow tea cake. Then added a big scoop of the ice cream followed by a big scoop of the meringue/biscuit mixture, then some fresh strawberries.

I kept repeating the fillings over and over until the cup was full and then added the squirty cream and topping of Dr Oetker sprinkles and wafers.


I have to say I am quite proud how the end result turned out. My kids loved them. I was sent two Sundaes so they had one each and little Izebella had a bit in her bowl too. Unfortunately I was left with the tiny amount of left overs.




Choc chip cookies
Cookies are really easy to make. They require just a few simple ingredients which are usually found in most kitchen cupboards. Butter, sugar, eggs, flour and chocolate chips which all gets mixed together into a huge gooey mess and rolled out. Using the Kate Alice cookie cutters we were able to make lots of different shapes.

The cookies only take 20 minutes or so to bake. They are a very easy and cheap treat.

Once cooled they can be eaten or stored in a tin such as the lovely tins I now have as above.
I will now be making and baking lots more sweet treats and creations thanks to my lovely products from Creative tops
These products can be purchased via The English Table


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Tales about a family of 6 with teens, a tween & a toddler


Subscription Box Reviews, Active Directory, Spoilers, New Box Releases, Coupons and Lots of Nonsense.

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A childhood Experience.

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