Miss A loves making cakes and the more practice she gets, the better she masters the recipes. I am almost able to let her get on with it now. She decided to utilise both the sets to make herself a batch of cookies for us all to enjoy.
The Great Baking Set contains 25 pieces to enhance your baking fun for around £20. Included in the set are cake moulds, cake cases, piping bags and attachments, measuring cups, two different sized bowls with a non slip base and an egg cracker. We had actually used the egg cracker when making the cake pops and it works quite well. The idea is to put the egg inside the machine and press down on the button at the top to leave the shell in the holder and the egg sits in the tray at the bottom which you can remove and then add to your cooking. I don’t think it works any better than using a cup, however if you don’t like cracking eggs and touching them then this is a handy gadget. It can be quite difficult for small children to action though.
One of the best pieces included in the Great Baking Set is the non slip base for the mixing bowls. A simple lever secures the base to the work surface and then the owls sit on top and lock in place. For children this works really well as it enables them to be able to mix the ingredients without the bowl moving all over the place.
As we were making cookies, we mixed our ingredients in the Great Baking Set equipment and then used the contents of the Cookie Kit to make our cookies.
Included in the Cookie Kit is a piping bag, rolling pin, silicone tray and base to roll the dough out on and a selection of cookie cutters. The Cookie Kit retails for £14.99.
The cookie tray sheet has a raised ridge to enable the pastry to be rolled out evenly. It does slip across the worktop a little bit so it would have been better if the base the silicone to help it stick to the work top a little better. The rolling pin is a decent weight and rolls really well.
There are a good selection of cookie cutters in the kit and Miss A enjoyed cutting out a variety of different shapes before they went in the oven. Some of the shapes have identical large and small shapes so if you wanted to cut the middle out of the cookie in the same shape to make stained glass cookies with sweets you can. This is a nice idea, but as we didn’t have any boiled sweets in the house, we opted for just making cookies.
Our batch of cookies came out quite well and they were tasty which was nice. I think both kits have some good elements in them, but some of the items would benefit from a design improvement to make the kits better value for money. For baking fans, these would make nice gift ideas.
Disclosure – we received the baking sets free of charge but all opinions are our own