This is the first time I have ever written a gift guide post on my blog. I decided to try and make one because there are millions of gift guides out there if your partner likes fashion, beauty or just little nick knack’s but there were none really out there for people who love baking! I hope you like it. There are lots of ideas for gifts including subscription boxes, classes and just general bits and bobs that every baker needs or would love as a gift.
I first started receiving these boxes about a year ago. They are brilliant for beginner bakers or anyone who just likes to bake. The boxes are £8 per month. The payment is taken at the beginning of every month by direct debit and the box is usually posted out in the middle of each month. The box contains all the dry ingredients for a different and delicious bake each month. Past bakes include carrot cake cookies, raspberry Eton mess cake, and Chocolate Cheesecake Brownies.
Each month you will receive an email with what wet ingredients you need to buy in time for your box coming but it won’t tell you what you will be baking until you open the box and get the recipe card. Meaning that each month is a complete surprise.
Bakedin also have a closed Facebook group just for members of the club where you can post pictures of your bakes, ask questions, and make friends. You can also buy previous boxes on their websites as a one-off if you would like to try one of the bakes out before you subscribe. Finally, Bakedin offers gift subscriptions, in 3, 6, and 12-month options. They will send out the first box immediately along with a gift certificate and unique code for the recipient to activate the remaining boxes.
This is one of my favourite monthly boxes. Iced Jems is an online shop, they also have a shop based in Stoutbridge. There monthly cake club box it is £12.95 per month. Payment is taken on the 1st of each month by direct debit and your box is usually posted out on the 7th of each month. The box has a different theme and contains lots of new and exciting products. The products that come in the box are all new to Iced Jems so you don’t have to worry about having duplicates. February’s box is Arabian Nights themed and although you won’t know what the products are in each box there are usually hints about what you can expect, such as sprinkles, cutters, stencils and mats.
Date: Saturday 2nd March
Time: 9.30am – 12.30pm
Location: Iced Jems Shop and Cake Decorating School, Dudley Road, West Midlands, DY9 8DU
Cost: £45 – All classes are non-refundable once booked.
This class is perfect if you want to learn how to whip up delicious buttercream frosting and learn a whole variety of piping techniques. The class is perfect for beginners and will teach you how to mix up a batch of buttercream frosting, practice different piping methods using different piping tips and decorate 6 cupcakes.
Date: Wednesday 20th March
Time: 9.30am – 4pm
Location: Squires Kitchen International School, The Grange, Hones Yard, Farnham, Surrey, GU9 8BB
This class is perfect for beginners who want to learn how to make macaroons. Macaroons features in the chicest bakeries and patisseries all over the world. This class will teach you how to make these intricate delicacies in a variety of flavours and colours.
As well as making macaroons you will also learn how to create a variety of fillings with ganache’s, curds, buttercreams or jam. The class will cover how to make two macaroon shell recipes as well as two different types of filling. Flavours will favour according to the season but have previously included Dark Chocolate and Earl Grey, Lemon and Lemongrass, White Chocolate and Passionfruit and Salted Caramel.
Date: 23rd February 2019
Time: 10am – 5pm
Location: 16 Highbridge Wharf, London, SE10 9PS
Cost: £195 – no refunds for cancellation.
You only need to search cake on Instagram and your feed will be full of these drip cakes. They have become so popular over the last few years but have you ever attempted to make your own? This class is excellent for beginners. In the class, you will learn how to layer cakes, how to make Swiss meringue buttercream, how to smooth the sides on your case and achieve sharp edges, how to create the drips on your cake and how to make the decorations for your cake such as truffles and chocolate sales. All the cakes for this class will be premade so all you need to bring is yourself.
Date: Sunday 14th April
Location: 2 Abbotsford Terrace, Jesmond, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE2 3AD
Additional: All Cupcakes, frosting and decorations are vegan. Gluten Free cupcakes can be provided on request.
I know this is a Valentine’s Day gift guide but I just had to include this Easter Cupcake class, look how cute those cupcakes are! This class will teach you how to make these super cute Easter bunnies, lambs and chicks. The class covers different ways to pipe frosting including how to create grass, wool and nests. Everything you need for the class will be provided and the classes are relatively small up to 5 people so you can receive more help and attention when decorating your cupcakes.
Baking Bits and Bobs
Tall Glass Cake Stand – £19.50
How pretty is this cake stand? After baking your delicious cake you need somewhere to show them off and this glass cake stand is perfect. The stand is handmade from glass and will protect and display your cakes perfectly.
These cactus cutters are so cute! Imagine how pretty your biscuits will be after using thee cutters and decorating them with royal icing. This pack contains five different cactus shapes.
PME Cake Decorating Icing Turntable – £12.99
This turntable is perfect for decorating cakes. The table rotates to make decorating or smoothing buttercream onto your cakes so easy and simple. It is non-slip and is perfect for beginners and experienced cake decorators alike. I use my turntable when decorating any of my cakes as I can just keep my hand in one position and spin the table to move the cake round. It is also perfect when smoothing buttercream into the side of cakes and helps me get the buttercream as smooth as possible as I don’t need to stop and start I can just keep rotating.
This set is perfect for any beginner who would like to start baking and doesn’t have any cake tins. It contains 2 8” sandwich tins, 1 bun tray, 1 baking tray, 1 loaf tin, 2 roasters and 1 Yorkshire pudding tray. These trays would be perfect for making large cakes, cupcakes, loaf cakes as well as tray bakes.
As above this set is also perfect for beginners. The set contains three mixing bowls and measuring spoons all of which stack together to make food prep simple and convenient. Having different sized bowls is perfect too depending on what you are baking, some bakes require more than one bowl, some require large bowls and others require small bowls.
Personalised Adult Apron – £19.50
If you are like me and when you bake you make a huge mess then this is the perfect gift. When I bake I get the ingredients everywhere including on myself so having an apron is essential so I don’t ruin all my clothes. These aprons come in three fabulous designs and are printed in striking aubergine, black, black denim, blue denim, bottle green, dark grey, navy and red. You can add three lines of personalised text which is hand pressed in white vinyl. If you decide this is the present for your other half then please make sure you check all your spelling as no refunds or exchanges are accepted.
Every baker has a wooden spoon so how perfect would this personalised one be. The spoons are engraved and perfect for adults and children alike. The spoons are decorated with cute cupcakes which you have a choice of three and personalised with your words of choice. The spoons are made from waxed beech wood and as the message and cupcakes are engraved into the wood.
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Disclaimer: Everything in this gift guide I have sourced myself. All prices were right at the time of publication. Some of the products in this guide I have used personally while there will be others I have not. I have given my honest opinion and have not been paid to feature any of the items or gifted any of the items.