This post is sponsored by Lola's Cupcakes. All opinions are my own.
As much as I love home baking, since becoming a mum I have a new appreciation for why many people don't always have the time to bake everything from scratch! I think because I bake a lot too, I often forget that baking doesn't come naturally to everyone. Not everyone is confident in the kitchen or knows their way around the oven. That's where Lola's Cupcakes comes to the rescue! Lola's Cupcakes is a hugely successful bakery with several locations across London and one in Birmingham. They've released their Create A Cake Decorating Kit to bring a fun cake decorating experience to your home. Everything inside is freshly made by their bakers, so you know it's going to be delicious too!
The Create A Cake Kit comes with a Lola's Cupcakes bakers hat, a handy palette knife for smoothing buttercream, and a full instruction booklet on how they recommend you decorate the cake. Of course, you can be creative and decorate it however you like!
Inside the pretty blue box are all the elements of the cake - freshly baked sponges, cookies 'n' cream buttercream, chocolate ganache, Oreo cookies and crumbs, and a chocolate drizzle. There's also full instructions on how to decorate the cake, and even a handy guide to show you where to cut the piping bags. I was so excited to get started! The kit does come with a cake board but I decided to put mine on a cake stand, if you don't have one, you're all set with the cake board provided!
I decided to get creative and invent my own design for decorating the cake. I also set strict rules that I could only use what was supplied in the kit, and basic kitchen items if needed (I only ended up using a knife to cut the Oreos in half). The aim was to show how much you can do with only the kit items, there's no fancy equipment needed!
Once I'd filled the cake with buttercream and ganache (damn that ganache tasted good, you're lucky any of it made it to the cake!) I covered it with more buttercream using the palette knife from the kit. I found it easier to pipe the buttercream directly onto the palette knife, then spread it onto the cake. Next I went for alternating blobs of buttercream and ganache on top of the cake.
Having added the Oreo crumbs in the centre, I also decided to add some around the bottom of the cake and I used the palette knife to press them into the buttercream. I didn't have a plan for decorating the cake when I started, I just enjoyed the experience and made it up as I went along!
Then I cut the Oreo biscuits in half and pressed them into the buttercream and ganache. Finally I poured the chocolate drizzle all over the top, I was glad this was the final element of decoration as I was very ready to tuck in!
I was so happy with how my design turned out! It looked so good and I had so much fun decorating the cake. It was really simple too, the instructions were clear and easy to follow, all the bags were clearly labelled, and the palette knife was the essential tool for so many aspects of the decoration.
I think the Create A Cake kit would be such a fun activity to do with your kids in the school holidays or on a rainy weekend. It'd also be a fun Hen Party activity - you could buy a few kits, split the group into teams and have the bride judge the best decorated cake! You could use the same format for a work team building activity too!
I'm really impressed with the design and results from the Create A Cake Kit, plus the cake was so tasty! You can also be safe in the knowledge that the kit is sent by next day delivery for your urgent cake cravings, and if you don't want to use it straight away you can freeze it for up to 30 days! Lola's Cupcakes really have thought of everything!
If you'd like to get your own Create A Cake Decorating Kit for yourself, or for a gift for someone else, you can do so by visiting Lola's Cupcakes website. You can use my discount code KAT10 to get 10% off a Create A Cake Kit!