You love to eat cake and brownies, of course, and so do your kids but making them yourself? If baking a fancy-looking dessert sometimes seems messy/daunting/intimidating, you’re not alone, and you’re also in luck. The following baking boxes supply you with everything you need to make a treat worthy of Instagram, minus the anxiety. Plus, your little bakers can pitch right in! Read on to see which one (it could be all of them, we’re not judging) you want to try today.
Banana Pudding Kit from Magnolia Bakery
Now you make Magnolia Bakery’s legendary banana pudding at home! This brand new baking-kit includes important ingredients like Nilla wafers and pudding—all you have to provide is the cream and bananas. It serves sixteen people and is Kosher certified.
Good to know: You can choose a gluten-free version of the kit as well.
Skill Level Required: 1-2 spoons
Holiday Baking Kit from eat2explore
Just in time for the holidays, the eat2explore baking kit comes with treats from three different countries: Japan, Croatia and Austria. Make Japanese mochi/Daifuku, Croatian gingerbread or Austrian Linzer cookies. Your box comes with an easy-to-follow recipe card, a shopping list and non-perishable ingredients. Kids will also learn the history behind each cultural dessert with the included educational activity sheets and country explorer brochures.
Skill level required: 2-3 spoons
Mr. Holmes Bakehouse Kits
Get the delicious goodies from L.A. cult-favorite Mr. Holmes Bakehouse delivered to your front door! Choose between the bread starter baking kit the scone & dump cake baking kit, the chocolate chip cookie kit, the brioche & bagel kit or the focaccia & pasta kit.
Good to know: The bread baking kit comes with a starter that you can use again and again.
Cost: $25 each
Skill Level Required: 1-2 spoons
Duncan Hines Ultimate Baking Kit
Now you can get everything you need to make a classic Duncan Hines goodie with their ultimate baking kit. You’ll get two brownie mixes, one devil’s food cake mix, one classic yellow mix, plus vanilla and chocolate icing. And don’t worry, there’s plenty of sprinkles and other toppings included as well.
Skill Level Required: 1 spoon.
Little GF Chefs
This baking club for kids has all the sweetness of your typical baking club, but everything is gluten free. Each box arrives with all the dry ingredients needed to make the included recipe and a baking tool perfect for kids. There are all sorts of fun baking projects from pretzel bites to a rainbow pop tart kit and even and Under the Sea Cookie Kit.
Good to know: The kits are also free of most of the eight leading allergens and are considered vegan friendly as well.
Cost: Choose from individual kits at $35 each or opt for a subscription ($330 a year, $168 every 6 months, $89.97 every three months).
Skill Level Required: 1-2 spoons.
Fortune Cookie Kit from Global Grub
Learn how to fold up this iconic Chinese takeout treat at home! You’ll have 60 fortunes to choose from (plus a few blank strips of paper for personalized fortunes), and you’ll get all the ingredients you need to make up to four batches, which is 12 cookies each. You also get a silicone baking mat, an edible ink pen and step-by-step instructions.
Good to know: It’s recommended that beginners try two cookies at a time. Once they’ve come out of the oven, you’ll need to fold and shape them ASAP to avoid cracking.
Cost: Choose between one kit for $27.99 or three kits for $73.97 plus free shipping.
Skill Level Required: Four Spoons
Baketivity boxes are sure to put a smile on your little baker's face! Each themed box comes with pre-measured ingredients, kid-friendly instructions, colorful lessons and games to play while your treats bake and a shopping list if you need to add anything extra. All the included ingredients are vacuum-packed fresh, and when you sign up for a subscription, your kiddo will get a Baketivity hat and apron! You can buy a one-time kit or subscribe to receive one on a monthly basis, and each month is different: emoji cookies, whoopie pies, cake pops and even a Panda pull apart!
Cost: Prices range depending on which plan you choose (yearly: $25.95 per month, six months: $29.17 per month, 3 months: $30.95, monthly: $32.95). There are also individual kits you can buy, like this Positivity Cookie Kit!
Skill Level Required: 2-3 spoons
If birthday cake is your game, this is the box for you. Select your cake from the website—choose from a large array of classic looks and themes including panda, rocketship, firetruck and princess. When it arrives, you’ll find all of the baking tools (cake pan, cake board, rolling pin, decorating tools and spatula) and cake ingredients (gluten-free cake mix and fondant). This kit does not contain frosting so you’ll want to buy or make it in advance (check out this no-fail recipe). You’ll also need 4 eggs, 2 sticks of unsalted butter and 2/3 cup of oil—to add to the mix (just like with any cake mix) along with your basic mixer and measuring cups. Follow the simple, step-by-step instructions to create your masterpiece. While the fondant is not for the faint of heart, this is your foray into the world of professional-looking cakes and it gets easier each time you do it. Your first time it will probably take you a couple of hours. Plus, the kiddos LOVE rolling it out. Pinterest, look out!
Good to know: Bake the cake the day or two before the party, and frost it up in advance too. Do the fondant the day of or evening before but allow yourself at least 2 hours. You don’t actually want to refrigerate the fondant at too low of a temp and it shouldn’t get too hot once it’s on the cake—room temperature is perfect.
Cost: All kits are $55 and they ship anywhere in the continental US. Shipping time is about 1-1 ½ weeks but because the boxes do not need to be refrigerated upon arrival and are fine to sit for a few days, we suggest you order at least 2 weeks prior to your party. While you're waiting for your cake to arrive, read their baking tips and watch the "how to cover a cake with fondant" video.
Skill level required: 3-4 spoons
Co-founded by actress Sarah Michelle Gellar, Foodstirs baking mixes and kits are all organic and GMO-free. Their aim? Take the guesswork out of baking for modern parents and make it easy and enjoyable to bake. Each kit or mix has just six to ten ingredients and six steps or less, so you can actually eat your creation within an hour or so of making it. They offer themed kits, including cupcakes and cookies for holidays like 4th of July, Mother’s Day and Valentine’s Day. Their kits are especially creative: think rainbow cakes, brownie pops and cookie bouquets and they are always adding new options. The best part? All those bright colors come from fruits and veggies so there’s no artificial coloring.
Cost: Individual baking kits range from $14.99-$18.99 and arrive typically within one week of ordering. Subscription boxes arrive every other month, a 3-kit subscription is $59, 6-kit is $119. The subscription kits ship around the 10th of every even-numbered month (Feb, Apr, Jun, Aug, Oct and Dec). U.S. only.
Skill level: 1 to 3 spoons (depends on your kit)
—Amber Guetebier with Gabby Cullen