Truth Review & Giveaway: Disney Cakes & Sweets
Truth No 1: I am not a cook.
Truths No 2: I am coeliac.
Truth No 3: I don’t often get in my kitchen with my kids.
Keep those truths in mind as you read this post, won’t you?
Ok. When I was approached to review the new Disney Cakes and Sweets magazine series I had those thoughts first and foremost in my mind. Cooking is not my thing, I can’t eat gluten and I’m not a natural in the kitchen with my kids – was I truly the best person to review a cooking and recipe series?
Besides I will be 40 next year – surely it’s past time for me to become more competent in the kitchen?
So I ended up jumping at the chance and agreed to review this new series.
And I don’t regret that decision in the least.
For a novice/incompetent/uninterested cook like myself, these books are a godsend.
At the end of each issue, basic cooking and baking techniques are covered – most people might be aware of all the different types of icing, sponge recipes and pastry around but I don’t and I found these features very, very useful, for both me and the kids.
In addition, there are also common measurements and useful baking information included at the back of each issue – again practical and handy.
Each magazine features a number of fun Disney recipes that are rated so you can gauge how appropriate they are for your child.
2 mickey mouse ears represents a moderate amount of difficulty
While 4 mickey mouse ears represents the highest level of difficulty…
Each issue also features a free gift to add to your Disney Cakes and Sweets collection:
And gives you another piece of the puzzle that is the most amazing princess castle cake ever!
Being insecure in all things culinary I consciously tried to choose a recipe that was easy for me and for my kids to make.
After a great deal of deliberation we ended up trying Tinker Bell’s fairy-wing cupcakes with a difficulty rating of 2 mickey mouse ears.
Being coeliac, I wanted to adjust the recipe to accommodate my dietary requirements so I directly substituted some ingredients for GF ones, like the self-raising flour. I also tried making this dairy free too.
Next time I would try to make some further modifications to the recipe to accommodate these requirements as a straight substitution didn’t work as well as I’d hoped. The cakes didn’t come up as fluffy as I would have liked them to be, which resulted in them being less fairy-wing cakes and more cream cakes!
Nevertheless, they still tasted great and the kids loved baking and eating them – which is all that matters to me.
I definitely look forward to making some more treats from this series in future – it is definitely a whole lot of fun for parents and kids alike.
Disney Cakes and Sweets can be found at your local newsagent or check out their website for more information.
Now that I’ve whet your appetite, are you keen to to check out the new Disney Cakes and Sweets series too?
Read on, as one lucky My Home Truths reader has the chance to check out the first three issues of Disney Cakes and Sweets and bake some awesome treats.
To be in it to win it, all you have to do is share your biggest culinary fail. Have you too killed a microwave by trying to cook a pie in it for too long (like I may have done…)?
If so, share your experience by leaving a comment below. The story that makes me smile the most will win.
Entry is only open to Australian residents. Competition closes 6pm Monday 30 June 2014.
So don’t forget to enter for your chance to win!
Sharing the Disney fun with Jess for IBOT.