Friday was the day for me and my good friend Fizzle Out to get together to take some piccie’s while making the donna hay "Bake at Home" Vanilla Cupcakes . If you have read my past posts about making the donna hay "a cook's guide to Vanilla Cupcakes you would know that they weren’t very successful- shape and size were fine but the dense texture and heavily buttered flavour was not nice at all.
When Fizzle Out arrived at my place I had made some lunch for us, while we were eating we were chatting about this and that and started talking about my very unsuccessful attempt at the a cook’s guide cupcakes. Expressing my confusion on what the hell happened to them- TWICE, she asked to take a look at the recipe. While reading she asked if my BAKING POWDER was in date, my puzzled face must have been a dead give away that I had no idea if it was or that they had an expiry date. I went to the cupboard and picked up the packet and started to laugh I was like um it expired in May…. Fizzle Out started laughing also but then looked at me ask said “That’s BAKING SODA, not powder- is that what you used? Giggling awkwardly I replied, “is there a difference? I thought one was the Aussie name and one was the American name. Laughing even more so now Fizzle Out let me know that yes there is a big difference and this must be why the Vanilla Cupcakes were a small disaster.
The purpose of making the “a cook’s guide” vanilla cupcakes, were to compare if paying the $7.99 to make 12 cupcakes is worth it and do they achieve the same result. To settle this debate I will now have to make the “a cook’s guide” vanilla cupcakes AGAIN (third time lucky) using the correct ingredients… All I can say is sorry DONNA HAY!
Now back to the donna hay Bake at Home Vanilla Cupcakes, I was sent the range by donna hays peeps to give it a whirl and blog about my findings. I opened the box and inside was 12 Cupcake Liners, 1 Packet of Cupcake Mix and 1 Packet of Icing Mix, reading the back of the box it had a small list of fresh ingredients that I needed to add: Cupcake Mix needed 125g Butter, 2 Eggs, ¾ Cup of Milk and the Icing Mix needed 125g Butter and 1 Tbs of Milk. Well that easy every amateur cook has those ingredients on hand at any one time.
"Bake at Home"
Reading the box I followed all of the “donna hay way” instructions to the minute and measurements. There is lots and lots of whisking/whipping involved, so i am now very glad i had my kitchen aid on Friday (Find out what happened to my kitchen aid).
The end result was pretty dam good if I might say, I had bought a piping bag to give them the extra wow factor but the cupcakes on the box hadn’t been piped only iced with a spatula, the a “cooks guide” ones had been piped.
|Cupcakes Baked to Perfection|
I might be a little biased with my findings as I am a cream cheese frosting girl, I love it, so the butter based icing for me was not that pleasant to eat as I felt like I was eating whipped butter, which you basically are. The texture of the icing was perfect for using a piping bag or spatula it just made me feel unhealthy which I know probably sounds weird as I am after all eating a cupcake. The cupcake its self had a fluffy texture that peeled perfectly out of the liner, it was a beautiful pale yellow and tasted delicious with a hint of vanilla, a perfect afternoon reward for a day in the kitchen.
"Bake at Home"
by Lady Dash
At this point, I would have to say that this trial was a success- it made 12 Bake at Home Vanilla Cupcakes that look picture perfect and tasted really good but until I make my final decision on whether it is worth the $7.99 purchase price plus fresh ingredients I will have to let you know, once I make the donna hay “ a cooks guide” Vanilla Cupcakes with Baking Powder not SODA…..
Score 9/10 (It was the icing that didn't make it 10/10
Thanks so much to Fizzle Out more my amazing photos they make such a difference.