Second to writing, fashion, and (very amateur) photography, one of my biggest interests in life is baking. In fact, if I were to blog more about one particular subject, it would definitely be food. However, as it is, I don't bake as often as I wear clothes - funnily enough - so the material is not quite so accessible as outfit photos. There's also the small detail that I often devour baked treats before I get the opportunity to take pretty photos of them...
So when The Craft Company offered me a few baking bits to review, I could hardly say no! In my usual girlie style, I picked out a blue gingham cake stand, some pastel sandwich flags, and some pink sugar forget-me-nots. Since strawberries are currently in season - hence absolutely scrummy - we've recently been eating bucketfuls, so I took my new goodies for a spin by whipping up some dark chocolate and strawberry cupcakes - a slightly less sickly cousin to my white chocolate and raspberry cupcakes!
Without a doubt, the bargain of the bunch is the cake stand. Not only does it cost under a fiver, but it is huge. I'll put my hands up and admit that I didn't read the description thoroughly, however for the price I wasn't expecting something quite this size! It can hold up to 40 cupcakes, it's easy to assemble, and the cardboard is sturdy and tough. I'm putting it aside for our wedding, and I'm even toying with the idea of buying another one. The blue gingham will really brighten up our desert table!
Sugar flowers aren't something I use often - I generally prefer to decorate my cakes with fresh fruit, chocolate or sweets - however I figured there was no harm in broadening my horizons. You get 50 flowers for £1.33, and although they're small, they're great quality and really well made. Granted, you'd need a fair few to decorate a single cupcake with them alone, but I quite liked them as a sweet finishing touch.
The pastel sandwich flags are just the cutest, most saccharine way to finish off baked goods and savoury snacks. More understated than Union Flags, and more timeless than the (now somewhat passé) 'Eat Me' flags, they make a lovely, thoughtful topper. Perhaps a fairly easy thing to DIY, however if you're like me and lack time and crafty energy, at £1.44 these are a perfectly practical and affordable alternative.
On the whole, I was very impressed with my little package. All three pieces together come in at less than £10, and I felt like I received a lot for that kind of money. There are no gimmicks or flimsy materials; just good quality, tastefully designed baking products. Definitely a revelation for me, and a new first stop for all things cupcakes and cookies!