Batterbox is a new subscription box that sends you the recipe and materials to make a different dessert each month.
Each box will include items such as various flours, sugars, fondants, food coloring, piping bags/tips, decorations, flavoring, and more. Batterbox recipes will be easy to follow and often be based on a theme (such as a holiday or season). Desserts can include cakes, pies, cookies, cake pops, cupcakes, and other traditional baked good treats.
Subscriptions are $29.99/month, or less with multi-month commitments. — For a limited time, you can save 15% on your first box with coupon code “SALE“.
Let’s see what’s in the March 2016 Batterbox!
Everything was shipped in a plain brown box via Priority Mail.
A peek inside.
The featured recipe for March was “Surprise Vanilla Cupcakes with Vanilla Buttercream”.
Thorough step-by-step instructions for both the cupcakes and the vanilla buttercream frosting were included on the recipe card. It also listed all of the ingredients provided, as well as the additional ones you’ll need to supply on your own.
Separate instructions explained how to fill, frost, and decorate the cupcakes.
Sugar – The recipe called for 1 cup of sugar, which was (I assume) pre-measured and sealed in the bag above.
Flour – 1 and a half cups of flour. Again, for the cupcakes.
Food Coloring – To make frosting that resembles green grass, electric green food coloring was provided.
Vanilla Extract – This is a pretty large amount of extract… The recipe only calls for 2 teaspoons, which is a lot less than what’s in this container. I also just realized that both the cupcakes and the frosting call for it, yet it doesn’t state the amount in either recipe. I’m guessing 1 tsp for each?
Confectioner’s Sugar – To be used for the buttercream frosting. Given the amount of extract that was included, I’m now going to assume that this may not be pre-measured for the recipe as stated earlier.
Cupcake Liners – 20 bright yellow and white cupcake liners.
Piping Bags & Tip – Two plastic piping bags and one piping tip were included to make the “grass” frosting.
Almond Eggs – These were to be placed inside of the cupcakes once baked. You needed to cut out a small hole in the tops of each cake and put 1-3 of these inside. Then frost over them with the green grass frosting. (I’m guessing these were the “surprise” part of the recipe.)
Peeps – And finally, Peeps. Three boxes (15 pieces in all) were provided as the finishing touch for the completed cupcake.
Unfortunately the box didn’t include any photos of the end result, but I did find some on their website…
While the recipe was cute and seasonally appropriate, I think Batterbox kinda missed the mark here. First, the baking instructions were missing some important details. — How much vanilla goes in the cupcakes vs. the frosting? Same for the butter. No measurements were given per recipe; just a total amount for both. I also noticed that the list of ingredients provided include baking powder and salt, both of which were missing from my box. Also the lack of a “finished result” photo was kind of weird. It would be helpful to see exactly what you were making. I was lucky to stumble across it on their site, but it would make much more sense to include it in the box.
All of that said, I do realize this is just their first box so hopefully they’ll work on these issues and improve over the next few months. If you’d like to give ’em a chance, you can save 15% on your first box with coupon code “SALE“. 😉
March 2016 Batterbox Review
It’s never easy to write negative reviews, but I’m not one for sugar-coating (ha) things. Unfortunately, the value just wasn’t there and the missing key pieces of information in the recipes didn’t help. The good news? They can only get better from here! 😉
Disclosure: I received this box for review purposes. I was not compensated in any way. All opinions are my own. Post may contain affiliate and/or referral links.