When the team at Wilko got in touch with me and asked if we'd like to try some of their fab new baking products to help keep the kids busy (and maybe try to use up some of out leftover Easter eggs* in the process) I was thrilled.
My lot love a bit of baking and I'm quite partial to cake (Mmm, butter cream...) and so this seemed right up our street.
We were sent a wonderful selection of baking products to help get us started.
The first things that caught my eye were a gorgeous 50s inspired Mason Cash Measuring Jug and matching Mixing Bowl (I want to buy the whole range - they are so pretty!). I love the slogans on the outside - "Pour your heart into it" and "Good things come to those who bake", very fitting!
The children loved these sweet little piggy silicone utensils. Not only fun but the perfect size for little helpers to use too.
The Heart shaped Biscuit Cutters were another of my favourite things. I quite often make little shortbread biscuits for the family and have a growing collection of shaped cutters. These were a very welcome addition and a complete bargain at £1.50 a set.
Armed with our selection of goodies, it was then time to get started. The general consensus on what we should make first - a very big cake!
With twin girl helping me with the mixing, off we went! I thought the Wilko Mini Scale Set was perfect for her to measure out the ingredients. A great size for little hands and made it easy for her to pour the ingredients accurately into the bowl.
We used the Oink Oink Mixing Spoon to mix everything together.
And the matching Oink Oink Spatula to smooth the cake mixture in the Wilkinson Springform Cake Tin. The spatula is a new favourite of mine as it was really good at getting every last bit of mixture out of the mixing bowl. Twin girl then used a tried and tested method of removing any excess mixture from the spoon (OK, she licked it, but we all know this is the best bit about baking when you are little!).
After the cake had been baked and cooled we set about decorating with some mini chocolate eggs and butter cream (Mmm...). The springform cake tin was dead easy to remove and I'm thinking of buying more because of this alone.
There it is! The finished product! I'm afraid this didn't last very long at all. With five hungry children (who were amazingly not fed up of Easter eggs) it made a good pudding for after their dinner that evening.
With the cake baking being such a success, we decided to try out some of our other Wilko goodies a few days later - this time we'd bake some biscuits!
I don't have a brilliant track record with biscuits on the whole but the rolling pin really did help. It's a lovely smooth revolving one, really easy to use. We soon had a dozen biscuits cut out and being no strangers to play dough, the children liked doing this bit the best.
The biggest of our new cutters made very generously sized biscuits, and once they were out of the oven, they took a lot of decorating. The teen even had a go...
The children were really pleased with the results from their hard work and couldn't wait to eat them too. They tasted delicious, even if I do say so myself!
Baking was the perfect way to keep everyone entertained (and fed!) during the rainy afternoons we had last week. I have been really pleased with the things we received from the baking range at Wilko and would 100% recommend them. There hasn't been one thing that we haven't enjoyed using and we'll get a lot of use from them in future rainy holidays too.
* There are no such thing as leftover Easter eggs. I bought more ;)
We were sent a selection of products from the Wilko Easter baking range for the purpose of this review. All words and opinions are our own.