A few weeks before Christmas I was contacted by a company called "Cakes Under The Influence" and asked if I'd like to do a completely un-sponsored post about their product. Because it was such an original idea with a really cute presentation, I said I'd happily do it, but it wouldn't be until after the first of the year. This is the day.
When I opened the box I was a little surprised and intrigued by all the components involved.
After reading through the instructions several times, I set about making the Pina Colada cupcake recipe which came in the box. However, if you go to their website you can find all sorts of other recipes for fun cocktail cakes, and cookies too!
I also decided that, in order to give a true product review, I would use the Hi-Proof baking mix that came in the package. Turns out you don't have to use their baking mix as you can use various other cake mixes, or scratch recipes, to come up with your own awesome creation. You can also find some fun and fantastic ideas here when it comes to making something original and truly unique. And this product is not just limited to cakes...think pies and appetizers, as well.
But, back to my experience. I assembled my ingredients and off I went.
The instructions were easy to follow and the special silicone baking cups and metal molds that form the cakes are super cool and well thought out. The cakes baked up perfectly and had a nice dense texture. Quite like a pound cake, but not at all dry. The taste was very pleasing and I also loved the *no guilt* single serving size.
Cakes Under The Influence can be topped in many different ways but I chose the simple and elegant route of a plain powdered sugar dusting so that the actual cake would shine through and be the star!
The only thing I would like to see different about this product is in the presentation. I'd like for the stems of the acrylic glasses to be longer, as their Cakes Under The Influence logo suggests. That said, I suppose you could try and use your own martini glasses and then transfer the baked cakes for the presentation although I'm not 100% sure they'd fit. I didn't try this idea however because I just thought of it now.
All that taken into consideration, I really enjoyed making, and eating, this fun new product, and I trust you will too!! That is why Cakes Under The Influence and I are giving away 2 "Two Under The Influence" baking kits (a $25 retail value) for two separate readers. This giveaway is for those of you who would like to experience something new and different in the world of home baking. "Here's to a sweet toast to your adult journey!"
*PLEASE NOTE - YOU MUST BE 21 TO ENTER AND BE A US CITIZEN*
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This contest runs from: Midnight January 19th - Midnight January 26th. Two separate winners will be chosen and each winner will win one - Two Under The Influence Cake Kits. Good Luck!!
Until we bake again.
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