Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Review: DIY Cupcake Kit from Dollhouse Bake Shoppe

Also posted on Cupcakes Take the Cake

Despite being the Cupcake Activist and loving cupcakes, I'm not the best baker. So when I got the opportunity to try out Dollhouse Bake Shoppe's new DIY Cupcake Kits, I jumped at the chance to test my baking skills.

Dollhouse Bake Shoppe is a "one-stop-online-shoppe for all of your baking & decorating needs." They specialize in their original line of Gourmet Cupcake Kits.

I love getting packages! When I saw it sitting on my front porch, I rushed in the house to rip open the box. Inside I found my Confetti Cupcake Kit.

My Gourmet Baking Kit included:
  • all-natural, gourmet vanilla cupcake/cake mix
  • all-natural, gourmet frosting mix
  • package of Belgian cocoa
  • rainbow sprinkles packet
  • decorating bag
  • baking instructions

My Gourmet Cupcake Kit said it contained "everthing" I needed to create cupcakes "quickly, easily, and affordably." Although I expected to provide milk, eggs, butter, and water myself, I didn't expect to need cupcake liners. Luckily I keep a stock of those in my kitchen for cupcake emergencies.

I baked the cupcakes exactly how the instructions asked me to. When it came time to scoop into the cupcake liners, I used a technique I picked up on Cupcake Wars: an ice cream scoop. So much easier!

My Gourmet Cupcake Kit yielded 12 cupcakes, about 1/2 the quantity of a normal box mix.

The cupcakes came out of the oven and looked perfect. I had already made the frosting, but I learned from Cupcake Wars that you never frost a hot cupcake. After they cooled, I used the decorating bag to pipe the frosting onto the cupcakes. I have to admit that this was my first time using a decorating bag too.

Verdict: Delicious! My husband especially liked these cupcakes. He said they even tasted gourmet. I thought he was just saying that to make me happy, but the cupcakes kept disappearing one by one. But he was right: Dollhouse Bake Shoppe's Gourmet Baking Kits uses high quality natural ingredients, yet contain NO artificial flavor, preservatives, trans fat, or hydrogenated oils. You can even use their substitute suggestions to make your cupcakes egg, soy, and dairy free.

The Confetti Cupcake/Cake Kit I used sells for $17.95 and yielded 12 cupcakes, but the kit could also yield 24 mini cupcakes or a single layer 8" cake. I provided 1/2 cup milk, two eggs, 2 sticks of butter, and 12 cupcake liners. The kit I received did not contain cupcake liners, but the Holiday/Seasonal and Themed Cupcake Kits do provide them for you. The cupcakes are gourmet, so they taste dramatically better than your average box mix cupcakes.

Dollhouse Bake Shoppe
Facebook: Dollhouse Bake Shoppe
Twitter: @DBS_LA
Phone: 323-863-6553


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