Product Review: Betty Crocker’s Red Velvet Cupcake Mix

Price may vary; I paid £2.25 from Asda.

I’d wanted to try a red velvet cake for a while and when May Day was coming up I thought it would a family treat to make cupcakes.

The package includes the cupcake mix, the frosting mix, 9 cake cases, and a packet of chocolate sprinkles.

Additional ingredients needed: 30ml of vegetable oil, 2 medium eggs, 60g butter and water.

Time to prepare: around 15 minutes for the cake mixing, 15-17 minutes for baking. After cooling, it took me longer than I care to admit to mix and apply the frosting! Remember to leave yourself time for the cakes to cool before frosting if you want to eat these the same day. I found they kept well and were fantastic the following day too.

Ease of use: 9/10 – the mixing and cooking instructions were clear and easy to follow.

I used a squeezy bottle to apply the frosting with mixed results, and did my best to scatter the chocolate on top. I think I need more practice!

Taste: 10/10 – delicious, moist and full of flavour.

Value for money: 9/10 – you have to add quite a few ingredients; however if you had to buy every single ingredient for a red velvet recipe you would be paying out quite a lot.

The complexity of the recipes I’d seen online was what made me try this mixture first. Now I know I enjoy the taste, I might be tempted to try a red velvet recipe from scratch.
However this is an easy, tasty, way to quickly bake enough cupcakes for a family treat. Recommended.

This is an unbiased review and I have not received any reward, financial or otherwise, from any persons or companies mentioned within the review.

Product Review – The Shy Pig

The Shy Pig bottle front and back
A white wine that accompanied a family Bank Holiday lunch. Light and refreshing, this is a wine-based drink from Australia. My family and I found it very enjoyable.

Despite the “wine-based” label, which indicates 75% wine with the remainder made up of water and/or unfermened fruit juice, it had an ABV of 10.5%. In fact for the lower price, and the easy drinking nature of Shy Pig, it seems a fair trade, although it should be made clearer by retailers that this not 100% wine.

You can find more about wine-based drinks vs wine at the drinks business

This is an independent, honest, unbiased review. I have received no product or compensation from any producer or distributor.