In that spirit I'm here to tell you about some lovely new baking equipment which I was sent to review. The very kind people at Mein Cupcake allowed me to choose a couple of items from their huge selection in exchange for a fair and frank review here in my Rhiality....so here goes....
I was like a child in a sweetie shop when trying to choose which items to request - a cake shop is like my happy place and an online cake shop is even better. The site is really well designed and easy to navigate and all the items are accompanied by clear pictures and a full description.
Anyway, after much debate I made my choice and waited patiently for my parcel to arrive from Germany. There are some great delivery options all with helpful tracking links so you can follow your goodies all the way to your door (although you may have to translate the page from German but that's no trouble in this day and age).
First up are these totally gorgeous Nordic Ware cookie stamps. I have been lusting after stamps like these for ages so when I saw these they jumped straight into my trolley - especially since they are such a great brand.
These were even more gorgeous in real life and they just feel proper in your hands - I'm all about the feel of things when I'm baking and these are lush. You have to grease them slightly and I recommend using a stiff, robust biscuit dough. I tried shortbread which was definitely too short so went with a really basic biscuit recipe which I normally bake with my boy as it's dead easy - these stamps certainly jazzed them up and made them look more fancy than usual!!
Next up is this whopper of a cake tin!!
This ring cake tin is enormous at 28cm across!! In America they call this a Bundt tin but it is also known as Kugel in Europe. Again, this is the sort of tin which I have always wanted and so I couldn't wait to give it a try. My main problem was deciding what to bake in it - should I go for something spiced and fruity (ooh-er!) or stick to something more simple ---- in the end I opted for a marble cake since I asked my boy for help in deciding and that's what he chose because he liked the pretty pattern in the batter. So I enlisted him as my sous chef and I started planning.
It took me quite a long time to get my head around a recipe for this tin given it's size and as we all know - you can't simply double an existing recipe since it never turns out quite right, especially where the raising agents are concerned - so I put my thinking cap on and reached for the calculator....a little while later I had written a recipe and so we were back on track.
This is the pretty bit my boy liked best. He especially loved mixing it up with a skewer - and licking the spoon of course!
I was really pleased with how cleanly it came out of the tin and it looked so cool!
Once it was cool I smothered it in a sticky chocolate glaze.
Once that was set I drizzled it with a vanilla caramel sauce which I made up since I needed to use up a tin of evaporated milk which had been lurking at the back of the cupboard.
The service from Mein Cupcake was fabulous and I will definitely visit their site in the future as I know they have nearly everything I could possibly need! I especially loved all their themed cake tins - I'm sure I'll be the proud owner of a Star Wars cake tin in the not too distant future.
There you are lovelies - I urge you to visit this site if you are looking for any new equipment.
As always, all the opinions given are my own and are totally honest and just to reiterate, I was given these items for free in exchange for this review.
What have you all been baking lately? Let's share some cake - virtually you know.