Firstly a big thank you to the team at Delicious Alchemy for being able to preview this product before it hit the shelves 😀 and apologies for my poor letter writing 😂
It is rather special when you get asked to preview a product. So I did my best to follow the instructions……almost…..😀😀😀
There is always time to adapt something and food is just food, butter is butter and it comes in many guises 😀😀
Once the package arrived I opened up and there inside were 4 packets 1) the chocolate cake mix – 2) the chocolate icing and 3) the icing and finally 4) the coloured sprinkles. Now this cake can be made dairy free and by using egg replacer products, but I don’t have any to hand…so this is most definitely just gluten free.
First up with the instructions is to Preheat the oven to 160c fan assisted oven, Gas 4, 180c and line 2 x 8″ cake tins. Take your cake mix sachet and pour into a bowl (I used my stand mixer, but you can use a hand-held electric whisk) with your measured amount of soft butter, water and eggs. Beat for a few seconds, scrape down and beat again for a few more short seconds. Scrape into your 2 cake tins. !! Now. Important notice!! This is a very thick mix and it’s important to smooth your tops down …. Once cooking takes place they do not even out much. Bake for about 20 – 25 minutes. Remove and cool before taking out the tins.
Whilst cooking prepare the filling. And here I made a little change to the advertised programme…… I took my measured amount of butter – peanut butter – and poured in the chocolate icing mix, I needed to mix in a little milk to soften the mix up, but it worked perfectly.
Once cooled, use a couple of tablespoons of the icing to sandwich the cakes together, then finish off the icing to cover the top and sides. Smooth down or leave rough and ready. Now at this point I sprinkled my sprinkles 😀
Taking the letter writing icing, mix as required and pour back into the bag to letter ice your cake…..waaaay better than me.
Slice and enjoy.
If I was to make this again I would try and bake the cake in 2 x 7″ cake tins, it would make the cake a little deeper. Yes this would reduce the amount it serves, but it would be a larger slice, I do like a large slice 😀 I’d also look at adding a different filling or adding in another filling as well, like jam.
As for the icing I wouldn’t use the bag the icing sugar came in. I would use one of my disposable icing bags with a writing tip in for accuracy. Cutting a bag can be a little hit and miss…unless the makers can put a little line on the corner of the bag as to where to cut it, or in order to get the right size for piping.
In conclusion, the cake was very easy to make. If you are in a hurry this cake can be whizzed together in a couple of hours if you are pushed. And with any luck you’ll ice the cake better than me….it’s not my strong point 😀😀😀 and if you need to buy one… click here to order from Tesco 😀