Wednesday, 16 October 2013

House of the Rising Bun - Vanilla Cupcakes

Now, I know my blog is named after the iconic cupcake, but it is a rare sight to actually see them on the blog. This is not a deliberate avoidance, I simply don't make them that often. *shrugs*

Back in August I was contacting by Laura from House of the Rising Bun (love a good pun based business name btw). HoTRB is a lovely little company which produces 100% natural cake mixes which use NO Additives or Preservatives just good quality ingredients.

Now I know a lot of people get a bit snippy over using cake mixes, I mean "baking from scratch is so easy", "why not just buy flour, sugar, eggs etc.." ... I totally get that, if like me you love baking and do it a lot, it is cheaper to buy bulk ingredients and get stuck in. However, there are lots of less obsessive bakers who just want to make a lovely cake without spending a packet on lots of ingredients.

Photo Courtesy of HoTRB

What I love about HoTRB cake mixes is the branding. The packaging is so cute, they come in paper bags with the sweetest design, amazing font and colours - they would make lovely gifts, I am dying for someone I know to move house so I can get one as a house-warming present.

I was sent three different flavours to try; Lemon & Poppyseed, Chocolate Orange (a special for halloween) and the original vanilla bean.

I tried the chocolate orange one first, it was a work colleagues birthday so they were ideal to whip up on a weeknight (in a hurry). The icing was spectacular! You get a tiny bag of white icing powder which you mix with water, as if by magic the icing turned a bright orange! It also tastes exactly like orange smarties which is a win in my book. Due to the rushed bake and slightly heavy handed addition of water to the icing I didn't get a decent picture of them, but believe me, totes delish!

The lemon and poppyseed mix, I made into a small loaf cake. Once again it was a late night weeknight job, the loaf disappeared within minutes at work, the flavours were perfectly balanced and again the icing was perfect!

I used the vanilla bean last, it sat in my cupboard for weeks waiting for the perfect opportunity to bake. I finally decided last weekend to just make them, it was like the baking equivalent of saving your nice clothes for "best" and then never wearing them! Life is too short.

I baked 12 wonderfully light vanilla cupcakes, and decided to use the packet of icing powder to make a buttercream. I needed to add a little more icing sugar but it worked well. The vanilla sponge was just perfect and I loved how there was visible flacks of vanilla bean running through it.

I would definitely buy these again, probably more as a present for someone who isn't as hardcore into baking (with a dedicated flour cupboard) as me. In fact with Christmas coming up, I might have to stock up! I see from their website that they have a wonderful Christmas cake mix, and a few Christmas themed sprinkles! *hides credit card*

What is your view on packet mixes? Yay or nay?



  1. FfionKitchenGadgets16 October 2013 at 10:58

    I wouldn't buy a packet mix from the supermarket, but I'd love to try these! I think it'd be handy to have a couple of packets in the cupboard, just for when I need a cake fix, but can't be bothered doing everything from scratch!

  2. I am the same, I wouldn't buy a supermarket one, unless I was baking with little kids and it was a character one maybe.

  3. These sound great - I don't really think they're that different to baking from scratch when they're full of nice and normal ingredients. It's just that someone has gone to the trouble of mixing everything up for you! Off to check out their site now : )

  4. Ooo they sound delicious!! I am also into baking, so the concept of getting that for someone as a gift is completely lovely, as it gives them a chance to get stuck in without struggle. So cool!

    Teffy { Teffys Perks Blog } X

  5. A friend of mine just told me about your blog and also "Cooking With Mr. C." on Facebook. (also a blog) A combo of food and celebrity. I'm so glad when people share blogs. Denise

  6. Sarah | The Sugar Hit28 October 2013 at 01:20

    These do look good!

  7. I love food blogs and just found you and "Cooking With Mr. C." on Facebook. When I find one I like, I follow it. I will tell everyone to check you out and check out "Cooking With Mr. C." on Facebook. I just "Liked" his page. Happy Holidays. Jean

  8. They are now sold in tesco for 3 for £1.20, Reese's pieces and Reese's peanut butter cups 3 pack

  9. This sounds like a delicious week of dinners! can't wait to hear what you've been up to!


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