After much anticipation, I finally managed to get hold of a copy of this magazine, and I have to admit, it is not bad. I also have to admit, that I was more interested in the free silicone cup cases than the actual magazine.
The first magazine, which is a fortnightly publication, can be purchased at all good newsagents for the sum of 99 new pennies. To get a 28 paged magazine and 6 silicone cups for 99p is, in anyone’s language, a good deal.
The next issue promises a free pastry brush and spatula, but the price of the magazine goes up to £2.99. Still a good bargain if you happen to need a new brush and spatula.
The 3rd issue comes with a large silicone loaf pan. The 3rd and all subsequent issues cost £4.99. I am unable to find out how many issues there are in the collection, but like the new knitting magazine I reviewed a few weeks ago, I have reservations. £5 a fortnight is a lot to spend, when you consider you can buy a good cook book for less than £10. I would recommend this magazine for absolute beginners, who don’t know one end of the cake tin from another. This is solely because by the end of the series, whenever that may be, there promises the notion of a fully kitted out cake decorating and silicone bakeware set. For the more advanced bakers with well stocked kitchens however, I doubt the extra costs can be justified.
The magazine consists of a good selection of well illustrated recipes, which are easy to follow. The 1st issue includes recipes for iced vanilla cupcakes, Dundee cake, Lebkuchen and bitter chocolate puddings. There are instructions on how to make choux pastry and how to use silicone bakeware, included with each issue.
I did find slightly annoying the recipe for the 12 iced vanilla cakes, when only 6 silicone cup cases provided! Hmm!
Pros: The freebies could make the magazines cost-effective for beginner bakers.
Cons: At £5 a fortnight, it may be cheaper to buy a shelf full of cook books and visit a budget cookware shop.
- The Art of Knitting magazine – Review (busyellebee.wordpress.com)