Over the last couple of weeks the Drumstick Squashies and Palma Violet Swizzels cupcake kits have literally been all over my social media and when I saw them I knew I needed to try them. Palma Violets are so delicious, I have loved them ever since I was younger. I really wanted to try the Palma Violet cupcake kit, however when I went to Aldi they were sold out. This doesn’t really surprise me because I know how popular Palma Violets are. I am not really the biggest fan of drumsticks as sweets, but I really wanted to give this cupcake kit a go and see what I thought of it.
I got this cupcake kit was from Aldi and I believe they are limited edition for £1.99, which is a brilliant price.
I hope you are ready for a thorough review of this cupcake kit, grab a tea and a biccy or two.
It says it makes 6 cupcakes and baking time is 12 minutes.
On the left: the egg, milk and butter. On the right: all of the ingredients that come inside the cupcake kit.
It would have been nice if they had yellow and red cupcake cases, but they literally had white plain ones – so I swapped them for yellow and red ones I already owned.
step one: pre heat the oven to 160oc, gas mark 4 and place the cupcake cases into a muffin tray
step two: empty the cake mixture sachet into a mixing bowl, add 1 medium egg, 30g melted unsalted butter and 20ml of milk. Bring the mixture together with a spoon then beat for 3 minutes.
The consistency of the mixture was quite liquidy, but it did smell nice.
“Just because something is limited edition, it doesn’t mean it is going to be good.”
step three: divide the cake mixture equally between the 6 baking cases.
When it says serves 6, it really means it. Normally if I bake cakes with my nephew and we use a cupcake kit. It always says that it serves 12, but you can always get at least another 2 cupcakes out of it. But this mixture was so small that I knew it would only be 6 cupcakes, which to be fair it does say this on the packet.
step four: bake in the centre of the pre-heated oven for 12 minutes.
step five: once baked, remove from oven and put onto a cooling rack.
To make the icing:
Step six: tip the raspberry flavour icing mix into a bowl and beat in 40g of softened unsalted butter adding 1 teaspoons of cold milk if the mix is a little stiff to pipe.
step seven: tip the vanilla flavour icing into a bowl and beat in 40g of softened unsalted butter adding 1 teaspoon of cold milk if the mix is a little stiff to pipe.
The icing was a really weird consistency as it was very gritty and very liquidy. I only ended up adding a dash of milk, not even that! just because it was still very powdery and not mixed together properly. I am so baffled why they are saying on the instructions to add ONE TEASPOON of milk, if I added a dash and it was way too much clearly. Also in addition to that, I know for a fact that there wouldn’t have been enough vanilla and raspberry icing to pipe on top of the cupcakes. The amount of icing that I had was a tiny amount, probably able to do 4 cupcakes especially because the nozzle they recommend to use is a star nozzle (normally quite big)
As you can see from the picture above the icing is very gritty – which is why this icing was a no no from me. The icing wasn’t pipe worth at all, it was just liquid. I was so disappointed with the icing because the raspberry flavour was quite nice, you could definitely tell that it was drumstick flavour.
The cakes turned out really good. They looked good and smelt delicious. They had a good rise on them and a good colour too.
step eight: fill a piping bag fitted with a star nozzle (not provided) with the icing and swirl the tops of the 6 cold cupcakes evenly using the photo as a guide to pipe. For best results, fill one side of the piping bag with raspberry flavour icing mix and the other side with vanilla flavour icing mix.
I did exactly that, even though I knew it was too liquidy to pipe – in the picture above, that is how they turned out. It is just ridiculous. I wanted to stick to just the cupcake kit, but I definitely could have added icing sugar to the icing to thicken it up a little. I have never had a problem with icing, you can even look back through my blog posts.. decorating has always been my favourite part of making cupcakes. The icing 100% ruined these cakes for me, and I highly doubt the Palma violet cupcake kit is different from this- especially because they are both made from the same brand. It just shows you that because something is limited edition it doesn’t mean it always has to be good.
I know these cupcakes look awful, but I wanted to keep going until the very end. I ended up popping them in the fridge for about 15 minutes to try and stop the icing from running.
Step nine: use the Squashies to decorate the cakes.
I would never buy this cupcake kit again, for obvious reasons. If the icing was good then this would be a cool little cupcake kit to make with your nephew or nieces. The actual cupcakes themselves turned out perfectly to be honest, they tasted like good vanilla cupcakes. However, the icing was just terrible. I followed every single one of the directions correctly, so I am confused why they turned out like this. Overall, I am very confused with this cupcake kit- very disappointing.. but oh well you live and you learn haha!
(just to quickly say, after having them in the fridge for about 5 hours they tasted a tiny bit better, but nothing incredible)
If you have tried the Palma Violet cupcake kit, I would be intrigued to see how they turned out.
Lastly, I know I haven’t done a baking post in such a while – I am going to get back to it I promise. I hope you liked the post and something a little different.