Tuesday 27 September 2016

Kracie Popin' Cookin' Donuts-Making Kit ドーナツ(edible!) Review

Hey Hey Littlest Sweet Shoppers!

Here is another review of a Japanese DIY cooking kit from Kracie. This time we are making edible doughnuts by just adding water.

You can purchase these kits from any Japan speciality store but I got this directly from a supermarket in Asia.
On the back of the box is all of the instructions with pictures and diagrams simple enough to understand. If you can't read Japanese, please follow this link to read the English version http://www.nerune.jp/product/pdf/doughnut_eng.pdf

You get 2 doughnut batter mix (cocoa and custard flavour), 3 decoration sauces (vanilla, strawberry and chocolate), a packet of crunchy biscuit/wafer crumbs, some topping sprinkles, and all the tools you will need including spatula, molds and piping bag.  
You get a Cruller and Doughnut mold and can make 4 1/3 scale sized doughnut sweets so I made 2 of each designs. The instructions also include some illustrations on how you can decorate your doughnuts. Bear in mind, you can do anything you want with them so be creative and just go crazy!

Custard doughnut with strawberry sauce and cookie crumbs

Chocolate and custard doughnuts coated in vanilla and strawberry sauces with chocolate drizzle. Topped with more pastel sprinkles.
Each doughnut has such a thick caking of candy icing OMG
I tried to use up most of the ingredients it came with. They really give you a generous portion of sauces and toppings! Each piece is practically caked in thick candy icing and I still had plenty of leftovers. Leftovers went straight into my mouth, lol.

It would have been better if they gave us more doughnut batter mix to make 6 doughnuts. There was easily enough decoration sauces and toppings for 6 designs.

So how does it taste? When my husband saw them he thought it was another Littlest Sweet Shop miniature and commented that it looked real.

I told him it WAS real and he could eat it too. So he tried a custard one and said that he actually liked it.
Real edible candy doughnuts
It tasted oddly stodgy like a real deep fried doughnut even though it's just another clever way of engineering candy. However it was still quite yummy and not too sweet for my taste. The toppings gave it an extra crunch but the sauces are on the sweet side so use less if you do not want to make your doughnuts too sweet.

Hope you enjoyed that review! I've made similar reviews here on the blog so just search for it. I'm currently in the middle of a big commission and constructing a Halloween gingerbread house. I will also be taking a 2 week holiday in October but will try to debut more new items by next week.

See you again next time!


Saturday 10 September 2016

September New Arrivals - Swiss Roll slices, Rainbow cake and Ice Cream, Mango Pudding, Iced Teas, Cherry Bakewells and more!

Hey hey Littlest Sweet Shoppers!
Our new arrivals for September is very colourful and sweet! We even made some new drinks and English style treats for tea time so I hope you like them all.
September new arrivals
Our first new arrivals can be found in the Beverages menu. These Iced Teas are topped with fluffy and realistic looking whipped cream and can be decorated any way you like it. 

The cup and lid has also been handmade by us to give you miniature take-away cups made from the same materials as the original sized ones. The cups have great clarity and you can even remove the lids if you wish.
Green Tea and Iced Teas with whipped cream
Our drinks come with removable lids
Our next few items are quintessentially English. Littlest Sweet Shop is based in England so I think we need to stock up the shop with more local items! 
English tea party
Each butter jam cookies are hand-piped like the real thing so they are all unique. We made the jammy middle using resin which is very clear and shiny in contrast to the delicate buttery biscuit it sits on. At Littlest Sweet Shop we make jams in all colours so you can sample every spectrum of the rainbow. Available now in the Cookie Shop
Butter Jam Biscuits
Next new item in our Cookie Shop is a favourite of the Queen of Hearts. These Heart Jam Tarts are perfect for your Alice in Wonderland theme party or any English style tea party. The jam in the middle looks very sticky and sweet. 
Heart Jam Tarts
Our last new item in the Cookie Shop is called Viennese Swirls. They are made up of 2 biscuits with jam and butter-cream sandwiched between them. The biscuits are also hand-piped, just like the real thing! 
Viennese Swirls
Cherry Bakewell tarts was created in England so we had to create some for our Bakery menu. Ours is the miniature version of the ones made popular by Mr Kipling. Each tart is filled with white icing with a cherry in the middle.
Cherry Bakewells
Let's debut something inspired by Japan again! Our Deco-roll cakes were so popular when we launched it last month so we made some new designs. They are now listed together with all of our Deco-rolls in the Cakes menu
Fruit Deco-rolls and rainbow Deco-rolls.
Our fruit Swiss-Rolls cakes have fruit bits throughout the entire roll. We have made Matcha Swiss-roll cake with mango and cream and Chocolate Swiss-roll with strawberry slices and cream. They are both a very cool and refreshing dessert - perfect for summer. 

Some clients don't want a whole Deco-roll cake, so we made individual slices for them! Any rainbow Deco-roll cakes now come in individual slices.
Individual slices of Pastel rainbow Deco-roll cake. 
You can even order the slices in plain Swiss-roll flavours. They have also been listed in the Cakes menu. Each piece looks so fluffy and light with a delicious whipped cream middle.
Matcha and Chocolate Swiss-roll slices
Strawberry Swiss-roll slices
Plain Swiss-roll slices
We made a new Rainbow Cake and decorated it with lots of rainbow candy buttons all around. We used a new recipe for the frosting as well which looks like a very thick but light whipped cream. This cake is now available in the Cakes menu and can be ordered as a whole or as an individual slice. 
Rainbow cake with rainbow candy buttons.
Order a whole cake or just a slice - up to you!
After making that colourful rainbow cake, naturally we wanted to make more rainbow items. So we made a tall 7 scoops rainbow colour ice-cream! 
7 Scoops Rainbow ice cream
It's been ages since we've had new items in our Jelly / Gelatine menu so here are some new Mango Puddings! We actually made more new jelly products but let's debut these first.

Each mango pudding is layered with a light and fluffy cream and topped with a mango jelly with some mango pieces. Each pudding is garnished with mint.
3 layer Mango pudding layered with cream, topped with Mango Jelly, mango cubes and mint leaf
Our last new arrival of the day is the Cinnamon Roll. These freshly baked sweet rolls are now available in the Bakery menu.
Each sweet roll has a layer of cinnamon throughout and topped with flaked almonds. The top is glazed with icing.
Littlest Sweet Shop Cinnamon Roll
Order a bunch of Cinammon Rolls for breakfast with coffee
We are so busy at Littlest Sweet Shop these past few weeks. We have been commissioned to do a Christmas Dinner for a museum in America so that is pretty exciting! Everything is going smoothly so far so you can expect some new items for Christmas very soon.

I would also like to thank and congratulate everyone who has participated in our Facebook and Instagram giveaway and our winners are:

Vanessa Zougagh from France - Facebook winner
PJ Belton from New Zealand - Instagram winner

Congratulations to both of them and I do hope they enjoy their prizes. We now have over 2k followers on Instagram so we promise to do another big giveaway once we reach the 5k milestone! Keep following us to make sure you don't miss out.