I’ll let you into a little secret… I’m so used to doing everything baking wise by hand I was actually a bit nervous when I was asked if I wanted to try out the Kenwood kMix! Let’s just say after trying it out TWICE in one weekend there’ll be no looking back.
I wanted to start my Kenwood kMix series* with something simple. The acid test of baking you might say… Cupcakes! Seeing as we were off to a BBQ I decided to make S’mores cupcakes for Dr W and my friends.
The kMix is super easy to set up, and with a quick whirl through the instructions I knew what I was letting myself in for. The instructions came with suggestions for what speeds you can do each phase of making cakes with, helpful for a newbie like me to a machine like this.
Always guilty of too much cake mix in the cupcake cases… (Why they’ve exploded a bit!)
Just as a tip – I would still sift your flour and icing sugar when using. It means your cakes will be perfect!
- 220g Softened butter, unsalted
- 180g Self raising flour, sifted
- 40g Cocoa powder
- 220g Caster sugar
- 40g Mini smarties or chocolate chips
- 4 Eggs
- 150g Soften butter, unsalted
- 2 tbsp Milk
- 350g Icing sugar, sifted
- Mini marshmallows
- Mini cookies
- Heat the oven to 170C fan/180C.
- Cream the sugar and butter together. If using a mixer, use the middle speeds and leave this for a few minutes until soft.
- Add in the eggs, use the middle speeds for 2-3 mins to beat the eggs into the mixture.
- Fold in the flour, cocoa powder and mini smarties. If using the mixer use a minimum speed setting and don't do this for long.
- Spoon in to cupcake cases and put into the middle of the oven for 15-18minutes, keeping an eye to make sure they don't catch.
- Leave to cool when cooked, then make the buttercream.
- Cream all the ingredients together, this takes some time by hand, but on the lower speed setting on a mixer it takes a few minutes.
- Spoon into a piping bag and then pipe onto the tops of the cakes. Decorate with a few mini marshmallows and a cookie.
I’m so impressed with the kMix, the cakes came out really well. Far better than I can do by hand, especially with my arthritis playing up at the moment. I can’t wait to share more of my recipes with you!
Have you used a stand mixer before? Would you invest in the kMix? Let me know in the comments,
P.S. * I was sent the Kenwood kMix for recipe development. As ever all words, opinions and photos are my own.