Whenever we go grocery shopping, Eddie likes to "help" me. He cannot resist anything with his favourite piggy on, and the other day a Peppa Pig Muddy Puddle Cupcakes baking kit caught his eye and it was impossible to part him from the coveted box. While millions of viewers are glued to the screen, watching the Great British Bake Off, we choose a cheat version to satisfy the cakey crave.
Don't get me wrong, I do prefer to bake my cakes and cupcakes from scratch. But if you are baking with the little people, you can whip up a packet mix and get a very decent result as well.
Muddy Puddle Cup Cakes kit comes with a packet of cake mix and a small bag of powdered icing as well as 12 cup cases and a sheet of edible pictures of Peppa and George.
You just need to add 1 egg and a bit of water to the cake mix (I added milk). Whisk it all together and pour into the cup cases (there are 12 in the kit, but you'll get really tiny flat cupcakes if you manage to divide the mix into 12 cup cases, we opted for 8).
After the cupcakes have been baked for 15 minutes, you leave them to cool completely before decorating.
Now that was a difficult part, as my impatient chef kept asking "Mama, are they ready?" every 30 seconds.
You make your own muddle puddle chocolate icing by mixing the powdered icing with a bit of water. The powdered icing is very pale when dry, and I was rather sceptical about it. It did turn brown after being mixed with water, but I guess it has a very low cocoa content, and you will probably be better off by melting some cooking chocolate to use on top of the cupcakes. Once the puddles are added, decorate the cup cakes with the sugar pictures.
Muddy Puddle cupcakes, as decorated by Eddie.
Of course, we had to taste them as soon as they were ready.
They are child-friendly and easy to make. There are no artificial colours or hydrogenated fats. This kit is produced by Symingtons Ltd.
The sponge itself is fluffy and not bad for the baking kit. I didn't like the icing, it tasted quite cheap and not very chocolatey. But hey, my kid was happy to take part in the baking session and enjoyed it thoroughly.