You may not know this about me, but I used to be a really avid baker. One of my fondest memories from my teenage years was baking all sorts of delicious goodies with my baby sister. But, since I started University 3 years ago, I haven’t really had the chance to bake. As a final year University student, every minute of the day counts, so I want to be able to make the most of my time and my money. Which is why when the lovely people at Dr. Oetker contacted me about their new Bake in the Box Loaf Cakes, I was beyond excited.
As the proud sponsors of the Great British Bake Off, you would like to think that Dr. Oetker know their cakes. Their cake decorations and icing have been a part of every cake I have baked since I was tiny, however, I have never seen a Dr. Oetker cake mix before. Honestly, before trying out this product I had to really manage my expectations. I mean, how good can a cake mix be compared to one lovingly made from scratch? Well, you are about to find out!
How it Works
The concept of the Bake in the Box Loaf cakes is simple: just add milk, stir and pop it in the oven. What makes these mixes fantastic for students is the fact that you don’t need any baking utensils. I don’t know about you, but whenever I come back to University my kitchen utensils basically consist of a pan and a plate. No student has the time or the money to buy measuring jugs, whisks and special baking tins. The instructions for this cake show exactly how you can make it without any of these things. For example, although it says ‘add 100ml milk’ it also gives you the amount in tablespoons.
Another helpful thing about this cake mix is that they have also printed the instructions on the packet of the mix, not just the box. Which is great seeing as you are going to be putting the box in the oven! So, once your loaf cake has been in the oven for 10 minutes, you take a knife and score a line lengthways down the middle, then put it back in for another 20 – 25 minutes.
Once you cake is cooked and completely risen, and boy does it rise. Leave it in the box to cool down. Once your cake is cool, grab your knife and separate the cake from the sides of the box. Then, to remove the cake you open out the corner flaps and essentially flatten the sides of the box. In all honesty, this was the hardest part about making this cake, and it wasn’t even that difficult.
But How Does it Taste?
This is the real question. Yes it’s easy to make. Yes the process is fool-proof. But if it doesn’t taste good then what’s the point?
I was very skeptical about how my Lemon and Poppy Seed Loaf Cake would taste. But, when I took it out of the oven it still seemed very moist and not dry at all, which gave me hope. Waiting for the cake to cool was agonising because I just wanted to try it!
Dr. Oetker did not disappoint, in fact, they exceeded all my expectations because the cake was absolutely delicious. I don’t even think I could have made a better cake myself from scratch. The lemon didn’t taste synthetic, the poppy seeds were perfectly distributed, it was even a good size!
I really love both the concept and execution of the Bake in the Box Loaf Cakes. Priced at £2.50 for one box, I think they are a great, cheap alternative for those who either don’t have the time to bake, or the money to buy all the ingredients and utensils. Honestly, I think this is a really original concept as I haven’t seen anything else like this on the market! I can really tell that the people at Dr. Oetker really thought through every aspect of this cake mix, and that doesn’t go unnoticed. Also, it tastes absolutely amazing and I just can’t wait to test out the other flavours!
Will you be trying out Dr. Oetker’s Bake in the Box Loaf Cake? Let me know down in the comments! If you want to check out the Dr. Oetker website to see what goodies they have and even for baking inspiration, then you can here!
Disclaimer: This post is not an advertisement and I have not been paid to write it. Dr. Oetker were kind enough to send me the products for free, but all thoughts and opinions are honest and my own.