My daughter Brooke who has just turned 7, loves to bake and decorate cakes. We find it great fun to bake together and she loves making some fantastic creations that she can eat and share, and I personally find it a great bonding experience.
When I was approached by Renshaw’s who had offered us some new baking goodies, I just couldn’t say no! I knew Brooke would be a good tester for them!
I like to think of myself as a bit of a budding cake baker, and Brooke loves helping out with the messy parts. When she saw the goodies Renshaw’s had sent us, she was delighted and excited at the prospect of pretty cakes! The packaging is pink and very girly, it has illustrations of Flossie Crums, the childrens book character, Brooke couldn’t wait to get started.
The first up to be tried out was Renshaw Magic Melting raspberry flavoured icing. This came in a plastic pot with 400g inside. It is made from concentrated raspberry juice, which always sounds appealing to me, as I would rather natural flavours than manufactured false flavourings for my kids.
We decided to follow the recipe on the back of the pot for Raspberry Fondant Fancies. It was simply a case of making sponge cake and then cutting it up into squares, then covering them in the icing and popping a little sweet on top.
Here is our sponge squares:
The Magic Melting icing is pretty solid once you open the lid, but you simply pop it into the microwave for 30 seconds, give it a stir and then pop it back for another 20 seconds (our microwave is not the fastest in the world!!) It came out gooey and runny, perfect for pouring over out cakes!
Brooke had loads fo fun pouring the icing on. It came out easily, was very sticky on your hands but very tasty to lick off. It certainly had the fun factor with going from solid to gooey, Brooke loved it. The flavour is quite strong and very sweet, so kids will love these. You don’t need any jam or anything additional to compliment the flavour, so would be great for larger cakes too.
Here she is very proudly showing off her cakes
Next up was Renshaw Funky Flavoured Sugardough.
The pack came with 4 packets of Sugardough inside. There was a brown one (chunky chocolate), a pink one (strawberry tart), a yellow one (lemon sherbet) and an orange one (orange pip). You get 100g of each colour. Yet again the packaging is funky and very girly. with more pink and Flossie Crums illustrated.
There is a recipe to make Spotty Dotty Cupcakes on the back, we decided to do a different design with our icing. The icing is quite hard once you open the packet, you simply have to warm it up in your hands (clean ones of course!!) until soft and then roll onto a surface covered in icing sugar. I personally used a special non stick sheet and didn’t need to use any icing sugar at any point! It was a great texture and didn’t stick to our hands when kneading or shaping. Each one smelt just like its name, the smell was quite strong as soon as I opened the packet. Brooke decieded that we would do heart designs. We used plastic shapes to cut out the pieces. They came away easily and was easy for Brooke to handle without them breaking up.
I did find the chocolate icing to a bit drier than the strawberry one, it didn’t seem to go as soft as the pink, and cracked when we wrapped it around the cakes, but that may well of been us in a hurry and being very keen to get on with the shaping and not enough kneading to get it soft!!
The icing tasted just like their names too, which was great because icing is just normally plain boring flavours. Brooke loved creating her cakes.
We had great fun with Renshaws products, they are perfect for creative kids to let their imaginations run wild in the kitchen. I would recommend them to any parent to have in their cupboard for a rainy day as it would certainly put a smile on any childs face!
You can check out more fabulous ideas for baking with kids, and for yourself too at www.mybakes.co.uk
Renshaw Magic Melting Icing is avaiable in Tesco for £2.15, and the Funky Flavoured Sugardough is also available in Tesco for £2.79.