Reading a cooking magazine I spotted new Woolworths Tray Bake Kits. Of course I had to have them all. Not that I am affected by advertising but really: tray bake kits with a tray and all the bits and bobs. What's not to want???
I really wanted them and so, in the end, I went to three supermarkets before I finally had all the kits in my hot little hand.
There are three types: vanilla cake, chocolate cake and brownies and they cost $4 each. You add a little butter, two eggs and milk to the cakes and one egg, oil and water to the brownies. They come with a folded tray that opens and slots together and icing and sprinkles for the cakes. The whole thing is as cute as a button. Some Woolworths had all three kits, some two and some none at all.
So dear Reader, I have taken it upon myself to test the kits and taste the vanilla cake at least.
Tray Bake Kits makes 18 pieces
The cakes require additional ingredients:
- 2 eggs
- 60g butter, softened
- 190ml (3/4 cup) milk
The icing also needs:
- 60g butter, softened
- 20ml milk
Vanilla cake kit contents. The chocolate cake kit has a chocolate cake mix and 100s and 1000s.
The brownies require additional ingredients:
- 1 egg
- 100ml vegetable oil
- 100ml water
There is no icing or frosting for the brownies.
Preheat the oven to 180*C or 160*C fan-forced for all the kits. Unfold and assemble the tray and grease it. I tried both butter and oil, and the butter seemed to work best of all. I folded the creases of all the tray edges and made sure the openings were open so the little arrows slid in easily. They are pretty good trays and maintain their shape quite well. I got better by #3!!!
To make the cakes, put the cake mix, butter, eggs and milk into the mixer bowl and beat slowly to combine. Once everything comes together, beat on Medium speed for 3 minutes. Then just mix with a spoon to make sure everything is properly combined.
Pour into the tray and bake for 30-35 minutes. I baked mine for 30 minutes and turned the tray half way through. It is cooked when the cake is golden, comes away from the side of the tray and a skewer poked into the centre comes out clean.
Set aside to cool completely.
While it is cooling make the icing. Put the icing mix, softened butter and milk into a bowl and beat slowly to combine and then on a high speed for 2 minutes. It will be pale and light.
Spread the icing on the cake and top with the sprinkles. There is just the right amount of icing, a little more than you think you need, but not too much.
It came out of the tray quite easily and didn't stick at all when I used butter to grease the tray.
Here's the chocolate cake:
And vanilla and chocolate cake pieces.
I think the vanilla cake is delicious, it is quite vanilla-y and the icing is light and tasty. It till tastes faintly like a packet mix, but not too badly. My next-door neighbour tasted it and thought it was very yummy. She liked the chocolate one a lot and the icing was very fudgy and rich.
To make the Brownies, put the cake mix into a bowl with the egg, water and vegetable oil and mix with a spoon until combined.
Pour into the tray and bake for 30-35 minutes. I baked this one for the full 35 minutes.
Cool and slice and it is done.
I did taste the brownie and I think it was the least successful of the three. I thought it was a bit too flat and the edges were crusty while the centre was moist. While I might consider the cake kits, I would not buy the Brownie one again.
In reality, I like the cake kits for their novelty value, but I will always make a cake from scratch. I like knowing the ingredients I am using are as local as possible, or Australian at least. I like the whole baking process and as we don't have a proper life at our house, it fills in the time some days. Baking cheers me up!!!