Monday, 29 February 2016
Annabel Karmel Mini Cupcake Set with Spoon and 20-piece Baking Set with Accessories
Baking with kids could be a fun activity, if you don't mind the noise and the mess. Eddie is always happy to join in with the mixing and decorating. And even my teen enjoys an occasional foray into the baking activity. He loves cooking classes in school, and recently proudly presented us with his own bakes - Shrewsbury biscuits and rock buns, and they were lovely.
Annabel Karmel has been titled a Queen of Cooking. Her books have been flying off the shelves for decades, and her cooking range for kids is as popular.
Recently my boys and I have tested two of the Annabel Karmel's range of baking products for children - a Mini Cupcale Set with Spoon and a 20-piece Baking Set with Accessories.
These sets have a huge appeal to both little people and grown-ups.
Annabel Karmel Mini Cupcake Set With Spoon from Casdon is great for mini-bakers who will have lots of fun baking real cakes.The set contains 1 Mini Cupcake tray, 6 mini silicone cups and 1 silicone spoon.
Cupcake cases and the spoon are very colourful and easy to use for little hands.
The recommended age group is for 5+ year olds. At £5 it is a very good value set, and will make a lovely gift for any budding Masterchef.
We tested this set, baking a batch of vanilla cupcakes. Eddie helped me by mixing the ingredients and pouring into the little silicone cups. The cupcake cases worked perfectly well.
As my guys are not too keen on huge amount of frosting, we decided to add a little bit of lemon juice icing and marshmallows. We made a big batch of cake batter, so there was enough to make these 6 mini cakes and 12 bigger muffin-sized cupcakes.
Annabel Karmel's Baking set with accessories (20 pieces) has won us over. It includes a lot of useful kitchen tools like a round baking tin, 10 cute cookie cutters, 1 measuring jug, 1 mixing bowl with anti slip base, 1 silicone spatula and 6 measuring spoons - all the basis which you can use again and again.
Eddie and I baked a batch of lemon shortbread cookies. He was mixing the dough with great enthusiasm, and had fun choosing which cookies cutters to use. Some are easier to use than the others. Basically, those with thin limbs or bits like a man or a house were tricky to cut out without bits staying inside a cutter, but overall he did a splendid job.
We rolled, re-rolled, cut out and baked. And then it was the most enjoyable part - decorating with abandon. As you can see from the photo below, someone has spilled half a mini jar of sprinkles over the cookies. No names revealed, but that was not me.
They might not look like they would win any competition regarding their looks, but they tasted lovely, and Eddie was very proud of himself. We'll be definitely baking cookies again soon.
This set is simply super: for a tenner you get so many bits and bobs. An excellent set for any child or even a grandparent who enjoys cooking with their grandkids.
Cheryl from Madhouse Family Reviews has also enjoyed using both of these sets with her son Pierre, have a look at what treats they have baked in her post Baking with kids.
Disclosure: I received both baking kits for the purposes of testing and reviewing. All opinions are mine.