13 March 2015

Aldi's Best Budget Bake

Anyone who knows me will tell you just how much I love baking. It's something I have done since I was a little girl. I would always be in the kitchen with my mum, creating our own masterpieces. With my mum being a professional baker it meant that she had a passion for all things cakey and she passed that down to me. 

I want that to be the same for the boys. I want them to grow up knowing how to not only bake and eat the treats, but to get creative and give me ideas so that we can try them out in our recipes. We have loads of recipes already, from treacle sponge and yummy biscuits, to Christmas cakes and Easter treats. And Easter is what I'm focusing on today. 

Aldi have a huge range of home baking supplies and kitchen accessories on offer at the moment. The Aldi Home Baking Specialbuys range is on sale from the 15th March whilst stocks last. They invited me to get involved with their blogger challenge, the best budget bake and sent me out a lovely hamper of products to get good use out of whilst baking and a voucher to buy all the foodie items that I needed to create it. 

So, I decided to go for something that we love baking over Easter time. Our take on the cornflake bun. Cornflake buns have been a staple at Easter for as long as I can remember, but they're a bit boring. No baking involved, super easy to make, but just not satisfying enough as a treat for me personally. I always found them to be more of a decoration to something much bigger. And that's when our Chocolate Nest Cupcakes were created. 

I find it easier to pre-measure everything out. I get everything ready so that the combining part is simple. For this, I received a fab new set of stainless steel slimline electronic kitchen scales from Aldi. These are great, you simply place your ingredients on the top of it, choose between lb's and oz's or grams, and then it will digitally tell you it's exact weight on the screen. 

What's even better about these scales is that they have a setting that will put them back to zero. It means that you can put a bowl onto them and instead of having to take in to account the weight of said bowl when weighing things out, you can put the scales back to zero and then weigh out the ingredients as normal. The scales won't show the weight of the bowl on this which makes it a lot easier than trying to figure it out yourself.

Chocolate Nest Cupcakes Recipe
There are quite a few ingredients to make these cupcakes so I find that if you measure everything out beforehand (as mentioned above) it makes it easier when combining everything together.

For the buns
125g self raising flour
125g butter
125g sugar
2 eggs
20ml milk

For the chocolate nests
200g milk chocolate
50g butter
2tbsp golden syrup
1 pack of mini eggs to decorate

Making the buns
Preheat the oven to 180c
Place 12 bun cases into bun tins. 
Mix the butter and sugar together until soft and creamy. 
Sieve the flour
Slowly add the egg and flour a bit at a time, mixing as you add to stop lumps from forming.
Finally, pour in the milk and mix again. 
Spoon the mixture into the bun cases and then place into the own for 25 minutes or until golden brown. 
Take out and set aside to cool. 

Chocolate Nests
Melt the chocolate, butter and golden syrup in a jug oven a pan of boiling water. 
Pour the melted mixture over the cornflakes and mix until all of the flakes are coated. 
Dollop a spoonful of the chocolate flakes on top of each of the buns and gently spread out to create the nests. 
Add a couple of mini eggs on the top to create the eggs in the nest.
Leave for an hour for the chocolate to set.

After baking them, it's best to store in a cool dry place. This can be hard to find in a kitchen but luckily Aldi have you covered with this great cake container which is only £4.99. It is approximately 31 x 15cm. It is very deep so will fit a good sized cake inside it, we easily fit our 12 cupcakes under the lid.

2 clips on the sides seal it shut and the handles on top make it easy to carry around. The cake container is temperature-resistant up to 100°C and is dishwasher safe too. Available in a range of colours, they are a great way to keep your baking fresher for longer. 

I've loved taking part in this challenge and getting to grips with new products from Aldi and their range of SpecialBuy items that were sent to me. They will definitely come in handy when we do more baking.

All these products and much more are available from Aldi from the 15th March, whilst stocks last, so make sure you get down there sharpish to get your hands on them before they go. 


  1. These look lush. Gotta try these with the kids

    Claire Henly

  2. Are Aldi good for baking ingredients? I am always baking too...

  3. I enjoy baking with my grandchildren when they visit so might try these next time.

  4. what a great step by step recipe- my daughter is learning to bake and this is great for her to follow- well done!

  5. These look amazing I am definitely trying these with my daughters

  6. These came out great! I bet they tasted absolutely delicious, especially with yummy chocolate eggs on top and extra creamy chocolate. This recipe is a perfect win!

  7. these look like they didn't last long,bet they went down a treat x