bakeit freefrom is a small business offering something rather unique and special. Cake and Cupcake baking kits. Kits with absolutely *everything* you need to make a cake. Cake free from all 14 major allergens. No gluten, no milk, no eggs, no soy, no nuts. Suitable for coeliacs. Suitable for vegans. Suitable for home-bakers regardless of skill and confidence. Of course the killer question is, are the cakes lovely to eat?
There are lots of baking kits on the market now. Some produce very pleasing results. Some are very easy to follow. What makes the kits from Bake It Free From different? In my opinion there are five key things.
1. Free from all 14 major allergens
2. Convenience of having *everything* in a single box
3. Inclusion of ‘wet’ ingredients
4. Suitable for bakers of any confidence level
5. Great option for a special gift, especially for allergy sufferers
The inclusion of ‘wet’ ingredients such as oil and fruit purees enable Bake It Free From cakes can be lusciously moist and feature almost buttercream-like icing using only what comes in the box. I don’t know of any other kits like that.
I first sampled Chocolate Ganache Cupcakes from bakeit freefrom as a judge within the Free From Food Awards (#FFFA17) I was surprised and delighted by how moist the cupcakes were and particularly by the almost butter-creamy, but definitely vegan, ganache toppings. I may in fact have ‘sampled’ more than my fair judges allocation of the topping. I may also have imagined eating the topping by itself like a pudding. I may be imagining that again right now.
I am a confident baker but also very happy to enjoy rewards (great cake) for minimal effort. So I accepted the not-actually-much-challenge to bake a cake using the Spicy Ginger Cake kit.
Bake-a-Cake with bakeit freefrom
I received a plain box but packaging is normally gift-ready and there is an option to add a greetings card when purchasing. Contents were securely and thoughtfully packed including a double bag around the flour. A glossy leaflet provides a checklist for the box contents, preparation equipment needed and illustrated instructions for the cake itself. Everything was complete. Flat pack furniture makers, please take note.
Inclusion of a 2 lb loaf tin paper liner was surprising and impressive. You could just put the mix directly into a greased tin or one lined with baking parchment but these liners make it so much easier to remove the cake intact from the tin. Less time, less fuss. I consider these a kitchen essential and always have them in. Great thinking to include one.
Following the instructions exactly produced exactly the outcomes expected. This is baking as science. Baking as chemistry. Take ingredients, make a recipe that delivers a successful outcome, repeat it and get the same successful outcome every time. Everything was simple and straightforward. I did not even need my treasured Swedish dough whisk (pictured) since a wooden spoon was sufficient to combine the wet and dry ingredients into a smooth, consistent cake batter.
Have a Cake & Eat It
Okay, so the preparation is quick, simple and fool-proof. What was my Spicy Ginger Cake like to eat?
- Not *too* sweet, the sweetness is there but does not overpower other flavour
- Very strong gingery notes, seriously, get ready!
- Firm, moist and pleasingly chewy, a cake to really contemplate
I have also frozen, defrosted and eaten the cake and it retains its virtues well, so you know, it does not *have* to be eaten whilst freshly baked.
Together with the Chocolate Ganache cupcakes I have now sampled two of five within the bakeit freefrom range. There is also a Carrot Cake. An appetite for Carrot Cake is hard-wired into my genetics. Pre-coeliac diagnosis I used to effectively demand an M&S Carrot cake from my mother each year as my preferred Xmas pudding alternative. There was one Xmas that a different cake was bought instead. The horror! Let us not talk of it. Based on enjoying the Chocolate Ganache & Spicy Ginger Cake I simply *must* give the Carrot Cake a go. It may just become my new Xmas standard.
Where to Buy BakeIt Freefrom
I think the ideal niche for these kits is as gifts for allergy sufferers or their family or friends wishing to surprise and delight them with something special. Given the number of requests I see on Facebook Groups for help to make cakes suitable for kids parties I expect that a kit orientated towards that purpose could be very welcome too.
Get kits direct from the bakeit freefrom online store.
Have you bought or received one? Tell me what you think. Not only, but especially, if it was the carrot cake!