SoBakeable Subscription Box Review + Coupon – August 2016
SoBakeable is a monthly dessert baking subscription box.
Every month, they send you the pre-measured ingredients, recipes, decorations, and tools you need to bake a spectacular dessert from scratch.
All you need to provide is milk, butter, and eggs.
Everything sent by SoBakeable is pre-portioned and clearly labeled.
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: SoBakeable
The Cost: $35 per month (less with longer subscription commitments). Individual boxes are available for $37.
COUPON: Get $5 off your any subscription with code YAYMSA5!
The Products: Everything you need (except dairy) to make a spectacular dessert from scratch.
Ships to: US
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This month’s recipe is Salted Caramel Brownies! I received a full-color booklet with detailed recipe instructions.
The ingredients needed for every step of the recipe are clearly outlined. Color pictures accompany every step.
SoBakeable recipes are designed “for the beginner to the advanced baker.” Full disclosure: I bake professionally, so I’m definitely in the advanced category. Still, I tried to approach this box with beginners in mind. (Last month, I let my non-baker husband take the lead on So Bakeable’s recipe, and he found the instruction clear and easy to follow. You can check out that review here.)
My box also contained a handwritten note— a nice touch!
Everything I needed for the recipe was individually packaged and clearly labeled.
This box also contained a metal pastry cutter. The pastry cutter is one of my favorite kitchen tools! It can be used for cutting, lifting and moving sticky dough, and cleaning off a work space.
To begin, I prepared my brownie pan by lining it with parchment paper.
Next, I melted chocolate with butter over a double boil. (Note: despite the recent heatwave, my chocolate arrived in perfect condition!)
I stirred sugar and a few eggs into the chocolate, and I then folded in dry “brownie mix.”
I poured the batter into my prepared pan, smoothed out the top, and put the brownies in the oven to bake.
While the brownies were in the oven, I prepared the chocolate planks that would eventually top them.
I melted another portion of chocolate (in the microwave this time) and smoothed it out onto a piece of parchment. I made a swirly design in the top using the back of a spoon, and then I sprinkled gold sugar and salt flakes on top.
The tray chilled in the fridge until the chocolate set, and then I cut the square into planks using the pastry cutter. As you can probably see, some of my planks lost their corners in the cutting process. (I think I got a little over excited with my swirling, which led to a few thin/weak spots in the chocolate…)
After about 30 minutes, my brownies were done!
I allowed them to cool (waiting is always the hardest part!), and then cut them into 8 pieces.
I also made salted caramel buttercream by whipping softened butter with “frosting mix” and caramel sauce.
SoBakeable included a pre-cut piping bag for the frosting. The end of my bag was cut to resemble an open star piping tip. I love the attention to detail. This is such a thoughtful (and time consuming, I’m sure) touch.
I filled the piping bag and topped each brownie with three dollops of buttercream.
I placed a chocolate plank on top of each brownie, followed by another three puffs of frosting, and then topped each brownie with “fancy sprinkles.”
Aren’t they so pretty!? I love the way they turned out, and the flavor was spot on. The brownies themselves were gooey, rich, and chocolatey, and the chocolate plank added texture and a salty kick. It’s not easy to make brownies seem gourmet, but SoBakeable absolutely nailed it with these.
Verdict: I don’t think I can say enough great things about this box from SoBakeable. First of all, they took a classic comfort food dessert and turned it into something high-end and special. The recipe was easy to follow and well written, and it feels fresh and original. Best of all, the brownies were outstanding. Determining value for a box like this is tricky, but I would estimate that these brownies would probably sell for $6- $8 in a professional bakery. You could certainly make brownies at home for less than the cost of this box, but, for me, the quality of the recipe and the pre-portioned ingredients help justify the cost. I can definitely recommend this box for avid home bakers, dessert lovers, and even for kids. While the recipes are fairly detailed, I think kids with an interest in baking could definitely tackle them with a little adult supervision.
Do you like to bake? Will you give SoBakeable a try?