Doorstep Desserts Subscription Box Review + Coupon -Mar 2016
Doorstep Desserts is a subscription box that sends dessert kits you can construct at home.
I reviewed a box from Doorstep Desserts back in October, right after the subscription launched, and I had some concerns about their price, packaging, and product.
Doorstep Desserts has since lowered their prices and improved their packaging, so I was excited to give the subscription another try.
This box was sent to us at no cost for review. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes.)
The Subscription Box: Doorstop Desserts
The Cost: $15 per box
COUPON: Get your first kit for $3.75 with code MSA75!
The Products: Pre-portioned dessert ingredients and a recipe card with step-by-step assembly instructions.
Ships to: US
Each week, Doorstop Desserts offers a choice of two desserts, and subscribers this week could choose between Red Velvet Cake and Eclair Cake. I picked Red Velvet Cake.
I received a recipe card with step-by-step instructions for constructing the dessert.
The other side of the card showed what the completed cake should look like. It was also marked with an allergy warning and a use by date.
On a separate card, I found nutrition facts and a list of ingredients.
Doorstop Desserts included two 5-inch, pre-baked red velvet cakes and all of the ingredients required to make them into a small layer cake.
To construct the cake, I began by cutting each of the cake rounds in half.
I layered Cream Cheese filling between each of the layers.
Doorstep Desserts included a piping bag for applying the top layer of frosting. I don’t really think a piping bag was necessary for the task, and, furthermore, I’m a little confused by what they sent. Instead of sending a piping tip to use with the bag, they sent part of a coupler, which is used to secure a piping tip in place (often used for intricate piping work or when you want to change piping tips without changing bags). A coupler consists of two pieces that screw together, and they only included the coupler base. I suppose a coupler base can be used as a piping tip, but it’s not the right piece of equipment for the job.
I spread the top layer of white buttercream icing on the top of the cake and finished it by sprinkling on some of the cake crumbs.
The cake was easy to assemble, and it turned out pretty cute!
The red velvet sponge was very soft, but I thought the cake was just okay. I didn’t get much cream cheese flavor from the filling, and both the cream cheese filling and white buttercream icing were VERY sugary.
The Verdict: I’m pleased to see that Doorstep Desserts has made some changes since the last time I reviewed it. The new packaging is a big improvement, and I’m pleased that the cake components arrived in good condition. I also think it’s great that they’ve lowered the cost of the subscription from $18-22 per box (depending on delivery frequency) to $15 per box. The instructions were easy to follow, and the cake turned out nicely. I imagine this could be a fun subscription for kids or for people looking to occasionally make quick, semi-homemade desserts at home. Unfortunately, for me, this box still misses the mark. As I mentioned in my last review, I think it’s fair to charge a premium for a dessert kit if the components are made with high quality ingredients, but I don’t feel that’s the case here. Based on the provided ingredient list, I think it’s safe to say that Doorstep Desserts relies on mixes and isn’t baking from scratch. (The ingredient list includes artificial color, corn syrup, and preservatives, and it’s very similar to the ingredients found in boxed cake mix.) Considering that a box of cake mix and a jar of frosting costs less than $6, $15 for this box still seems a little high. If the kits contained homemade cakes and frosting made from simple, quality ingredients (or the supplies to make those things yourself at home), I think I could better justify the price.
Have you tried Doorstep Desserts? What did you think of your dessert kit?