Baking is probably my favourite hobby and without blowing my own trumpet too much, it’s one of the few things that I know I’m pretty good at and it’s something that I really love doing. For me the kitchen is the heart of the home and I love nothing more than putting the world to rights with my nearest and dearest over a
slice slab of home made cake. Which may not be good for the waistline but believe me, it’s good for the soul 😉 I’m a pretty passionate baker and that’s something that I’ve always wanted to share with my daughter.
So when BKD got in touch and asked if we would like to review one of their new Mini Bakers Club subscription boxes we jumped at the chance. I have followed BKD on Instagram and Twitter for a while and I’ve always admired their beautiful monochrome packaged baking kits. The subscriptions boxes are actually a new addition to BKD and I think they are such a wonderful idea and the perfect rainy day toddler activity. Luckily Bella shares my love for baking and we can often be found getting messy and baking up a storm in the kitchen, which meant she was equally as excited when the box arrived with her name on and we both couldn’t wait to get stuck in.
What BKD Say…
BKD Mini Bakers Club subscription boxes are a great way for families to spend quality time together whilst the children are engaging in an educational, craft baking project. Each month the baking box will be personally addressed to your child and include a different flavour BKD artisan baking mix (100% Natural) along with a beautifully illustrated baking guide full of exciting baking themed craft projects. Plus instructions on how to make and decorate the cupcakes, cakes or biscuits and extras such as colouring pencils, stickers, baking accessory and packaging for giving their baked items as gifts.
The box we received was for making Gingerbread biscuits which is actually one of the few things I have never made from scratch myself! I was super impressed with the amount of little bits and pieces included in the box, especially the little bags to pop the biscuits in if you wanted to share them with friends, as well as little stickers to decorate the bags with. All I needed to source myself was 2 tablespoons of golden syrup, some butter and a cookie cutter, all of which I already had in.
I loved how the box was personalised with Bella’s name and I think older children would be super impressed with this too. The recipe card was very clear and easy to follow and because there was very little measuring to do it meant that there was minimal mess made which is always a plus when baking with little ones! I did make one small mistake by putting the biscuit pop sticks into the biscuits BEFORE they went in the oven rather than after which did result in the sticks melting a little, oops, but as they cooled they did quickly set again luckily!
The weather was a bit overcast on Saturday so it was the perfect opportunity for us to get our bake on. Bella was super excited to get started and couldn’t stop smiling as she was mixing the ingredients together in the bowl. She happily got stuck in with kneading the dough and apparently didn’t need any help from Mama. However, she wasn’t very happy that we had to pop the dough in the fridge for an hour to firm up.
Although I thought this was the perfect time to get the activity book that came in the Mini Bakers Club Box out to try and distract her for a bit while we waited. I think older children especially would really enjoy filling this out but Bella was way more interested in sticking the stickers all over the little bags ready to pop her finished creations in.
When the dough was chilled we rolled it out onto the table and Bella chose a few different shaped cutters to use and we got to work cutting our the biscuits. They take less than 10 minutes to cook which I thought was great as children don’t tend to have much patience with these sorts of things. Once they were cooked and cooled we decorated them using the tube of white icing that was included and some sweets that I picked up that morning. This was a bit of a family affair and I’m prettttty sure Josh actually enjoyed it more than Bella who was too busy eating the sweets rather than sticking them on the biscuits!! 😉
Our finished biscuits pops looked and tasted scrumptious. We all really enjoyed making them and spending some quality time together. Because the whole process was so simple Bella didn’t lose interest at all which was great too. Overall I was very impressed with the BKD Mini Bakers Club Subscription Box, the only thing I think that could maybe be improved would be to include some decorations in the box too as I did have to buy those separately. But apart from that we loved it and would definitely recommend to others!
BKD are currently running a half price subscription offer on the first month of any package so for a 1 month subscription it would cost just £4.99 instead of the usual £9.99 (Plus £1.99 postage). For more information and to sign up click here.