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Jane Asher Milkybar: My First Baking Mix

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Brand: Jane Asher / Type: Mix

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      27.08.2009 16:04
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      Makes 12 decorated mini-muffins

      I normally prefer to bake cakes from scratch, particularly if I'm making something as simple as muffins. However, my 6 year old daughter wanted to make some cakes to serve to her friends who were coming over for tea so I went shopping for suitable cake toppings and spotted this Jane Asher Milkybar baking mix priced at just 99p in my local B&Ms store. As it worked out cheaper to buy this than to buy a couple of packets of chocolate buttons, I thought I'd give it a go.

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      Packaging and contents
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      The recyclable cardboard box containing the ingredients is cream and red in colour with the unmistakable Nestle Milkybar logo on the front in bold navy blue lettering accompanied by a picture of a baked muffin and the Milkybar Kid. Inside the box are 2 small packets of mini Milkybar buttons, a brown sachet containing the muffin mix, a white sachet containing the topping mix and 12 mini muffin cases.

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      Preparation & Decoration
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      In addition to the mix, you will need 1 egg, 25g of butter and 75ml of vegetable oil. The 7 step-by-step "How To Make" instructions are outlined on the back of the outer box and the cakes are very easy to make. In a nutshell, the mix goes into a bowl with the egg and the oil, the whole lot is mixed, dolloped into the cases and baked for 12 minutes. Simple. Even a child can do it.

      Once the cakes have been removed from the oven (by a responsible adult, of course), they need to be placed on a wire rack to cool. Whilst cooling, the buttercream topping can be made by beating the butter and the contents of the white sachet until smooth and creamy. This topping is then spread on top of the cooled cakes and decorated using the Milkybar buttons provided. Before you ask, there are some spare buttons left over for the little budding chef to eat.

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      Finished product
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      The end product is a golden brown, light textured mini fairy cake covered in a sickly sugary buttercream topping, embellished with a couple of Milkybar buttons. Not particularly imaginative, but kids love them. I personally found them a bit too sickly for my palate.

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      Nutritional Information
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      Each cake contains 140 calories, 11.7g sugars, 7.9g fat, 2.2g saturates and 0.1g salt.

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      My opinion
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      I felt that the mix represented good value for money, as it was quick and simple to do without requiring masses of additional ingredients. It is worth noting that an element of precision is required when measuring out the butter and the oil, because the dried ingredients provide leave little scope for error.

      Although relatively foolproof, I must have a bit of a moan about the instructions. This mix is described as "My First Baking Mix", the product being marketed as a child's introduction to baking. With this in mind, I felt that the wording of the instructions could have been better pitched, such that small children could actually read the words themselves rather than relying on the supervising adult. For example stage 4 says to "whisk vigorously for 2 minutes". How many small children can read the word "vigorously"? Could the manufacturers not have said "Mix well," or something similar? My daughter had no problems with the instructions, but I suspect that many younger children might. In addition to this, I felt that the print itself was a little off-putting and difficult to read as the typeface used is quite small, and red lettering on a cream background is not the clearest.

      Overall the mix is definitely worth a try if you want to make relatively inexpensive cakes with the kids.

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        09.08.2009 20:30
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        Simple baking kit designed for use by children but suitable for adults too!

        I do have to admit that this was not my first baking mix, but it was on offer and looked very tempting! I really like the convenience that these baking mixes offer and the Jane Asher brand is a trusted name in this field.

        The packaging has a picture of the Milky Bar Kid on the front and is in the milky bar colours of cream and red. Next to the Milky Bar Kid there is a picture of a decorated cake with butter-cream and milky bar buttons. The front of the packaging also contains nutritional information in a table and in a circular graphic contains information about the preparation and cooking time of the cakes. The front of the packing also informs that the mix is made from all natural ingredients, which is always a plus, especially when this is a product aimed (primarily) at children. The back of the packing contains all the information about how to make the cakes, and this is very clear.

        Since this mix is designed for children it is very simple and therefore quick and easy to make. The pack contained the base mix, icing sugar and two packs of milk bar buttons for the topping and twelve mini cake cases. The only additional ingredients which are required are one egg, oil and butter. As these are generally store cupboard essentials there is very little additional cost above the price of the baking pack.

        The cakes were very easy and quick to make and very tasty to eat! I can imagine that this would be great fun for children to make especially when it comes to decorating with the butter-cream and milky bar buttons.

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