…out of a box.
The other day, Jef found an item online comparing home-made bakes to box-bakes: the sort where you just add an egg and some milk and lo and behold, you have a cake with no effort. Said item was in the Daily Mail so I’m not going to link to it but the conclusion was that some box-bakes could be reasonably decent, with those from M&S particularly toothsome.
Well, I’ve had good results with such mixes for macaroons, and I like a challenge, so we popped into our local M&S on the way home to acquire the goods and give it a go. Results were… mixed. It was very easy to make – as you’d expect, it took longer to grease and line the two cake tins than to mix the mix and fill the tins. It rose with a lovely even crumb and the texture was good but the flavour? Surprisingly bland. We found that it was improved when microwaved and served as a pudding with ice-cream rather than as a cake in its own right but really, if you have to do that, you might as well make a pie and not bother with cake.
Interesting experiment but I’ll bake my own in future. Oh, except for the victoria sponge mix we bought at the same time!