If you follow me on Instagram you may have seen that I’m quite a keen baker. I usually do my baking at weekends and I really enjoy a good afternoon of making something delicious to eat. In the past I’ve stuck to fairly easy recipes, usually making cakes for birthdays or sugar cookies at Christmas, but since I started this blog last year I’ve been trying to push myself to try more difficult and interesting recipes. And also recipes that I might otherwise have dismissed… I’m a bit of a chocoholic and when left to my own devices that’s what I tend to pick! Obviously I still sometimes go back to basics when I don’t have much time but still want to bake, but I definitely think I’ve become a bit more adventurous!
One of the ways in which I’ve tried to diversify my range is by subscribing to The Baking Club by BakedIn (https://bakedin.co.uk/). The Baking Club is a monthly subscription box which includes a recipe and all the dry ingredients in pre-measured bags. The box fits through the letterbox so you don’t even need to be in to receive it and they email you before it arrives to let you know what ‘wet’ ingredients you will need e.g. butter, eggs, fruit etc, whilst still keeping the contents a secret, so you won’t know what you are going to be baking until the box arrives. They also ask that subscribers don’t post on social media until after a certain date to ensure that it remains a surprise for everyone. Also included is usually some greaseproof paper, a wooden skewer for testing the bake and a piping bag if needed.
The box only costs £9 a month (or less if you sign up for a three, six or twelve month block), which I think is pretty good for all the ingredients you get, plus a step by step recipe. I think it would be a lovely activity to do with your child to get them interesting in cooking and baking. Some of the recipes are more complex than others but you will find a skill level and times on the back to give you an indication of how much work it is. Also included are the weights of the ingredients so you can make it again if you want to and all the nutrition information, although I prefer not to look at that!
The Baking Club was started five years ago with the support of Michel Roux, who very sadly passed away last week. All of the recipes which the BakedIn team developed for the boxes were sent to him to review, adjust and approve, ensuring a high quality. The team sent out a lovely message in honour of him last week to all the subscribers, and I’m sure they will continue to do him proud. I know I always look forward to my box every month.
I’ve made some great cakes since I started my subscription, ones which I would previously have felt beyond my skill level, but now I feel like could replicate with confidence. If you’re looking to get some more baking in your life I would highly recommend this service and if you don’t want to commit to a monthly subscription they also sell their kits individually. If you don’t want to end up with a load of cake to eat up, they also do a mug cake subscription for those times when you just want a single portion of cake!