Baking: BakedIn Carrot Cake*

 photo 2014-05-10164427_zps2d39daa5.jpgI was recently offered the chance to receive and review a cake mix from BakedIn. As some of you may know, I’ve just finished my second year of university with a very stressful few weeks of exams and despite my love of cake I simply had no time to bake…so I jumped at the chance of reviewing this! I received a Carrot & Walnut Cake mix, which I was happy about for two reasons – one, I love carrot cake, and two, this version didn’t contain dried fruit.

 photo 2014-05-10164420_zps8c8ceae9.jpgThe box this comes in is pretty big, at least twice the size of your usual packet mix – to be honest I was a bit taken aback by the size! It does however contain a big which makes up a pretty big portion of the contents.

 photo 2014-05-10164520_zps9cc629eb.jpgThe box contained a good amount of sachets of ingredients – however adding things in at different times made it feel a lot more involved than a packet mix. Whilst this would be great for baking with children, I don’t think it actually saved much time as opposed to just making from scratch – especially as the longest part of making a carrot cake is grating the carrot cake!

My boyfriend wasn’t overly impressed with the tin – it was very difficult to line with the greaseproof provided, and I found the tin to be so thin/weak it buckled when trying to put the cake in the oven, and I actually ended up putting it inside another tin as I was scared it would split. To be perfectly honest I’d prefer a kit half the size (so it fits in a store cupboard for emergencies!) without the tin.

 photo 2014-05-10165254_zps28554298.jpg photo 2014-05-10165323_zps421980cf.jpg photo 2014-05-10165540_zps2f12e1a0.jpg photo 2014-05-10165636_zps5dbc73e8.jpg photo 2014-05-10165803_zps54560ca1.jpg photo 2014-05-10170022_zps1edce90d.jpg photo 2014-05-10192523_zps85cb8c56.jpg photo 2014-05-10193020_zpsc99e56b0.jpgMaking the cake, however, was pretty straightforward following the recipe card. The only slightly dodgy moment was with the icing – I’m not sure that this would ever go ‘light and fluffy’  but it tasted good!

 photo 2014-05-10194315_zpsdfd17005.jpgThey say the proof of the pudding is in the eating, and I have to say this cake did taste good and was demolished by a combination of housemates and family pretty quickly! It was light, satisfying, tasty, and definitely not dry. A little messy as the frosting never really set, and I would have preferred more cinnamon, but other than that I’d happily use this mix again. After receiving this to trial, I also won one of BakedIn Brownie Mixes in a giveaway hosted by Jen from Looks & Lifestyle, so I’m looking forward to trying that out!

Do you recommend any cake mixes?