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I love baking and will happily spend hours in the kitchen at the weekends baking for the week ahead. I do prefer big cakes such as fruit, coffee or lemon cake which I can just cut a small slice off whenever I fancy it, but I will usually also make a batch of fairy cakes for the lunch boxes for the week. It is very rare that I will buy a shop cake as I find that they have far too many additives and colours in them.
I actually picked these up by mistake as I was in a rush and thought I had picked up the white ones which I usually have. They were 58p which is the same as I last paid for the white ones. They are in the same clear plastic tub and you can clearly see the pastel colours through the sides so I really don't know how I got confused. The tub has a lid which clips on and off and there is a plastic seal which you need to break to open them. There is a label on the top which tells you that there are 100 pastel fairy cake paper cases and they are from the 'ASDA Chosen by you' range.
There are 25 cases of pink, blue, yellow and green and they look very colourful. I would think they would be more appealing to children especially if they are doing a bit of baking with mom or for a children's party. They are an average size for fairy cakes and they seem to keep their shape well whilst cooking in a cake tin but I don't think they would be any good without as they are not especially thick. The one thing I noticed about these was that they became a bit see through when the cakes were cooking and even looked a bit greasy. I have never noticed this with the white ones so I am not sure if it is something to do with these being coloured. I have always found them to peel off the cakes easily without any sticking to the sides.
However having said that they are perfectly adequate for their purpose and would look good if you used the same colour icing or edible accessories to decorate however I usually leave mine plain. If I am taking cakes to work or for visitors I will usually use more expensive ones which seem to be slightly larger and quite a bit thicker however these Asda cake cases are perfectly adequate as a good value every day baking accessory.
I always make sure I have cake cases in the cupboard, I don't plan to bake, sometimes I'm just in the mood so need to make sure I have everything I need, if the urge to bake does arise. I usually use Asda's white cake cases, but after studying the shelf, I realised these pastel coloured ones are exactly the same price, so picked up some of these.
The cake cases come in a pack of 100 (25 of each colour), they currently cost 48p from Asda.
The packaging is quite basic, a transparent plastic tub is the home of these cake cases. The plastic is quite thin and flimsy, but it keeps the cases nice and clean and in one place so it doesn't really matter if it's thin.
These paper cake cases are exactly the same as the plain white version, the only difference is the colours. There are four different colours, yellow, blue, green and pink. Although the packaging says they are pastel colours, I think they are a little brighter than what I would call pastel colours.
The cake cases are the perfect size for buns and fairy cakes, I would say they are a little too small for cupcakes and muffins. That's no bother for us as we only bake fairy cakes.
I use these cake cases in a cake tray, so each individual case goes into its own little slot. When I'm putting the cake mixture into the cases, I have to aim for the middle of the case as the paper is quite flimsy. I've found that if the mixture is spooned in to the side it makes the side strain from the weight of the mixture and sometimes the cases tip over altogether.
After the cakes have been baked, the cases seem to go a little see through, this isn't a problem if you are just baking normal cakes as the colour doesn't show behind the colour of the cases. With chocolate cakes, you can see the brown through the cases but there is still the tinge of colour there was there before, that's why I tend to use my other white cases if I'm baking chocolate buns.
When you are ready to eat the cakes, the cases do peel away easy from the cakes, without making the cake crumble or stick to the cases so you do get to eat all of the cake... yummy!
I would recommend these pastel cake cases if you are baking light coloured cakes as the colour from the cases is still evident. However, if you are baking darker coloured cakes, such as chocolate, I wouldn't recommend you use these as it ruins the colour of the cases. The paper isn't all that strong, but if you can spoon the mixture into the right place, it doesn't make much difference. These cases are ok, nothing special.
Originally written April 2012
Asda have a huge range of branded and own brand baking ingredients and supplies.
~Pastel Paper Cases~
If you want something a little cooler than regular white paper cases, try these! A little plastic pot holds 100 coloured paper cases which are arranged by colour. There are green, yellow, blue and pink paper cases.
Each paper case is approx 7cm (at the widest point) and around 2.5cm in depth.
A pack of 100 can be purchased instore or online from www.asda.com priced at just 58p.
I love to bake fairy cakes/cupcakes and usually stock up on the essential bits to help me along. I like these pastel cases as they inject a bit of colour and character into a regular fairy cake.
These paper cases aren't the thickest. They are slightly transparent so not ideal for professional cakes but perfect for baking with the kids are they are quite fun! They are a little flimsy but I always ensure I dollop the cake mixture right into the middle of the paper case when they are arranged in the cake tin. They slump to the side a little if the mixture drips around the edge of the paper case.
These withstand the oven well and don't go mishaped. I can see the baked cake slightly through the cake case. The cake cases provide a protective casing for my fairy cakes and look a lot nicer than white paper cases. The colours appeal to children and adults as they are pretty but not too bright. The mix of colours is ideal if you have boys and girls to make happy!
These cake cases are of a decent quality but I prefer the more expensive ones for baking cupcakes for others. They hold quite a lot of mixture and look presentable when cooked. The cases stay firm and don't turn soggy. They peel off the baked cake with ease and don't stick. Nothing worse than your cake being mauled as you attempt to tear the paper case off!
Overall value for money and a worthwhile purchase. They are ideal for regular fairy cakes but anything bigger, I would recommend the muffin cases.
Thanks for reading :)
Updated from original review posted to Ciao April 2012.
I love baking and do some most weekends, I really enjoy making cup cakes, or fairy cakes as I used to call them when I was little, so I always buy bun cases. Asda recently opened a store in my area and browsing around there one day my eye caught these Pastel Fairy Cake Paper Cases, they looked pretty and costing just 48p for 100 cases they seemed a very good price too so I picked a pack up.
The paper cases are sold in the usual style plastic tub that most bun cases are sold in, there is a label on the top of top of the pack that shows the Asda Chosen By You logo and informs the customer that the tub contains 100 pastel fairy cake paper cases for home baking.
The cases are stacked inside each other in the tub and once opened the lid fits back over the bottom of the tub meaning you can store the cases securely inside without them falling out all in your cupboard. Asda give you four different colours in the tub, these are pink, green, blue and yellow. The colours are nice and I could imagine most children would love to use these when they help with the baking, I know my niece loves to use the pink ones when she comes around and makes fairy cakes. The paper cases are of an average size for this type of item, ideal for regular cup cakes or fairy cakes, if you bake anything larger then these in my opinion wouldn't be suitable.
When I use these cases I always pop them in a bun tin as they definitely wouldn't be strong enough to hold the mixture without it. That aside though the paper cases are good enough. They never stick to the cakes once they are cooked they always peel of cleanly, they do go very slightly see through when they've been in the oven but for the money you pay the quality is good.
If you bake either alone or with children I would certainly recommend Asdas Pastel Fairy Cake Paper Cases, I love the fact that I can co ordinate the colour of the paper case to go with the icing or decoration on the cakes. At Easter I made cupcakes and used the yellow cases to match the Easter decorations I put on them. If I make cupcakes with pink icing or decorations I will use the pink ones.
If you are looking for reasonably priced paper cases for fairy cakes or cupcakes then I would take a look at these from Asda, for the money they are very good.
I do some home baking now and again and it is usually Truffles that I make. I have been making them for years and whatever Supermarket I am in if I need cases then I will pick them up but it is usually Asda that I tend to get them - perhaps as I am in that Supermarket more than any other.
These come in a pack of 100 and I last bought these about 3 weeks ago and they cost arounf the 60p mark. These used to just be available in a plain white colour as most Cases are but I picked up a pack of the Pastel coloured ones last time for a change. They are the same size and thickness as the white ones but they are just a couple of Pastel colours so a bit more interesting looking than white.
The tub for these is alright.The cases just stack on top of each other in a clear plastic tub. I find the cases easy to seperate and they don't seem to get stuck together.
The cases are pretty thin but although my Truffles have a bit of weight in them as I make them much to fit the case the Cases don't tear or that. I do notice a little patch of Grease on the bottom of the case after the Truffles have been sitting in the case but I would get that with any cases.
Although this review is short I don't really have anything else to say about this product as it kind of speaks for its self. These cases are adequate for the purpose and the Pastel shade are a little different than the normal white ones.
For my daughters christening we were trying to keep costs down and decided to do the catering ourselves, I have been told that I make nice cupcakes and so I decided that I would some for the day so when i was in our local Asda I picked up a pack of white cake cases and a pack of coloured cake cases.
The cases are available from Asda and they are 60p for 100 cases however you can buy 4 packs for £2 at the moment making then 50p for 100 and there are numerous things in the offer that you can mix and match with.
The packaging is a strong yet pliable plastic circular carton which has a lid which fits snuggly over the base to keep the cases dry. On the top of the tub is a grey label which holds the information that they are the Asda brand, are called Pastel fairy cake baking cases and that they can be used for fairy cakes and cupcakes.
On first opening the tub the label on the top overlaps the sides slightly so you can use a knife or similar to score around and release the lid, the white cases are obviously all white and the coloured cases are stacked in the four different colours yellow, blue, pink and green, I think it's good that you get a stack of 25 each of the colours as I wanted to use an equal amount of each colour and this made that easy to do. I should point out aswell that on three out of four colours there were more than 25 cases in the stack making them even more good value.
The cases were easy to separate by putting forefinger inside the case and thumb on the outside and making a rubbing motion between thumb and finger, the cases hold their shape well and don't seem to crease while you are trying to separate them even though they are pretty thin.
I found these cake cases did really well for what I wanted, they didn't go greasy at all which is what I don't like about some cake cases as I think these look greasy once the cake is cooked. The yellow and white cake cases were a little see through once the cakes were baked but weren't so bad that I wouldn't use them. The cake cases held up overnight and they still didn't look greasy, the cases peeled away from the cakes easily. The cakes went down well and I was happy that they looked a little nicer by being in coloured cake cases, I will use these cake cases again, they give you a great choice and are worth the money.
I love cooking of all kinds, but I especially love baking. Whether you like baking or not, you will probably have noticed that cupcakes are especially popular at the moment, and I do like trying out new cupcake recipes when I get the time.
You may not think there is much difference between one cake case and another, and at one point I used to think the same. The more I bake, the more I realise, that using a good quality case is important, as the cheaper ones have a tendency to collapse, or can go greasy or see-through when cooking.
I bought the ASDA pastel fairy cake cases simply because they were on special offer. You could get white ones for the same price, but I thought the pastel colours looked more fun, so opted for those. You get one hundred cases in a box, split into four colours - green, yellow, blue and pink, and the way they are stacked inside the pack makes them easy to separate, should you want to use the bottom colour first. The little plastic tub they come in is adequate, and the top fits snugly on, hopefully preventing dust or whatever getting to them when they're not in use.
The cases are quite lightweight and definitely not the thickest I've used, but although at first they do appear to have quite a lot of give at the sides, I've got through two and a half packs now and found that they are quite sturdy. I certainly can't remember having any spillages with these, although I do tend to put my cases inside a muffin tin before baking as it helps the cakes to keep their shape.
The main problem with these cases is the colours. After I take these out of the oven, the cases often go quite transparent, which totally spoils the appearance. I often make chocolate cakes, and find the dark brown mix shows through the cases, which gives a sort of mottled appearance and doesn't look particularly attractive - the yellow ones look especially bad with brown cake mix! To my recollection I've never found them to go greasy on the bottom, which is one good thing, and they're easy to peel off the cake and don't stick.
For me, these are very much everyday baking cases. If it was a special occasion, I would buy 'fancier' cases, as you can get a huge array of patterned cases these days, and they often tend to be thicker and stronger. For everyday use, if I am just baking for the hell of it or trying out something new then these are perfect - after all, they only go in the bin once the cake has been eaten!
As they are standard size cake cases, they're not suitable for muffins, but your average fairy cake or cupcake is fine.
A pack of these cases costs 60p from ASDA, but they often have four for £2 offers on. The white ones are the same price.
Overall, I think that in terms of doing the job these are a good product. They don't collapse or stick to the cake and they're reasonably cheap. I do think it's a shame that the colours go so transparent when cooking though, and because of this in the future I will probably stick to the white ones.
*Also posted on Ciao under username pink_champagne