Even on a health kick, a little treat every so often is much needed, to keep you energized and motivated… that’s what I like to tell myself anyway!
Cake, normally I can take or leave it, but recently I have had a total craving for it – something satisfying and oh so tasty.
Step up Betty Crocker who sensed my craving and sent us several cake mixes to put to the test. Having always enjoyed baking in the past with my Grandma, baking with Liv is equally as enjoyable… except I no longer get to lick the spoon at the end of mixing!
I love the Betty Crocker mixes as you simply have to have an egg and/or water to hand, which in most kitchens you tend to have. Within 30 minutes you generally have a sweet tasting, moist cake without all the hassle of finding flour and then weighing it out. Baking, especially with children could not be any easier – although I am sure Mary Berry would have something to say about that!
Feeling the need for a chocolate fix, we agreed to make the Chocolate Fudge Brownie mix first. With the pre-mix all ready for us, we only needed to add an egg, 40ml of vegetable oil and 75ml of water. Cue much mixing and ‘Mummy, can I lick the spoon yet?’!
Preparation time is stated as 10 minutes, which includes mixing and lightly greasing cake tins – when ready, baking time was 20-25 minutes. The kitchen had a wonderful chocolate aroma as the brownies were cooking and soon enough I was able to take them out and transfer to a wire rack to cool down. Soft, with a crispy top, the brownies were simply divine and did not last very long!
The White Chocolate Chunk cookies were even easier to bake, simply adding water to the pre-mix. The pack makes 8 cookies… we ended up making 4 larger cookies which were crumbly, crunchy and very chocolatey thanks to the white chocolate chunks also in the mix.
We still have several cake mixes with butter icing to make, I think these will be keeping us busy over the Easter holidays! I may have to up the exercise routine slightly to cancel out any calories but the Betty Crocker range is totally worth it. I have noticed some of the range on sale in Aldi at the moment, with mixes priced under £2. What better way to have fantastic bonding time, keep everyone entertained and well fed with super, yummy cake, without the mess of baking from scratch!
What will you be baking over Easter?