SoBakeable is a dessert baking subscription box. Every month, they'll send you pre-measured ingredients, recipes, decorations, and the tools needed to bake two decadent desserts. All you need to provide is milk, butter, and eggs!
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.)
This is a review of the Surprise Me, $36.95 every-other-month, box.
The Subscription Box: SoBakeable
The Cost: $36.95 every other month + free shipping
ACTIVE DEAL: Save 15% off your first box!
The Products: Everything you need (except dairy) to make a spectacular DIY dessert from scratch. You can choose a "Chocolate Lover's" subscription, which centers around recipes involving chocolate, caramel, toffee, and vanilla, or a "Surprise Me" subscription, which will feature a sweet variety of different flavors, from fruity and tart, to rich and decadent.
Ships to: U.S.
SoBakeable April 2018 Review
Everything sent by SoBakeable is pre-portioned and clearly labeled. A separate card is included for each recipe and lists step-by-step instructions and any equipment that may be needed along with color photos. Their recipes are designed “for the beginner to the advanced baker," with elevated ingredients and styling that anyone can execute thanks to detailed direction!
SoBakeable also has an app available that helps demonstrate certain steps used in their recipes, which is an awesome way to help support beginners who may be unfamiliar with certain techniques.
The first recipe in this month's box was for Fancy Chocolate Cookies—similar, in a way, to the cookie recipe I received in February's SoBakeable box!
Fancy Chocolate Cookies
Prep + Bake Time: 1 hour
Actual Time: 45 minutes
The first step is to line your pan with parchment paper. It's great that SoBakeable includes parchment paper with each recipe pack because I was fresh out!
I then used an electric mixer to cream my butter, sugar, and cookie mix together until just blended.
Time for scoopin'. The recipe said I could get enough 1/2-tbsp scoops onto my pan for 20 cookies, but I was only able to scrape enough for 14 out of the bowl, unfortunately.
I baked them for 28 minutes at 320° as recommended (a strange oven temperature setting, in my opinion!) and pulled them out.
The tops were domed and cracked as the recipe said they would be, but the bottoms were sadly crisp and burnt.
Now, for the frosting:
I added 4 tablespoons of milk to my frosting mix and blended. This was fantastic frosting, although it definitely made an overabundance. Only a small amount was needed for these cookies, and I bet it made enough frosting to decorate a cake!
I used an offset spatula to make sweeping, decorative icing additions on the flat (burnt) side of the cookie. Such a bummer that it was so crisp!
Added my fancy sprinkles, and voila. SoBakeable really seems to like these sprinkles. They look very similar to both decorating materials used to top February's baking creations!
These cookies were just okay. They would have been a lot better without the crisp top—I suspect they would have tasted a lot like a brownie bite. The larger golden sphere sprinkles were filled with chocolate, which I thought was a nice touch! Ultimately, I was surprised at how small these were. They're just over an inch in diameter, which makes them dangerously snackable, but doesn't give the feeling of a great value.
Onto the next recipe!
Cookies 'n Cream Blondies
Prep + Bake Time: 1 hour and 22 minutes
Actual Time: 1 hour and 15 minutes
Parchment paper was provided for this recipe, too, and was once again appreciated!
After getting my loaf pan ready for the oven, I moved on to start the batter.
Melted butter was combined with the bag of brown sugar, using the cute hand whisk that was included in this month's box. I liked the heart detail on the petite whisk!
I then added the Blondie Mix, stirred just until it was well-incorporated into the batter, and then gently folded in my cookie pieces.
Poured it into the loaf pan (it filled the bottom of the pan with a little less than an inch of frosting), and put it into the oven. I made sure to keep a careful eye on this as it baked. I didn't want my Blondies to go the way of my crisp Fancy Cookies!
The baking instructions were spot on with this recipe. It had a slightly golden finish to it and was very easy to remove from the loaf pan!
Now, to decorate: The glaze for these Blondies was super easy to make. You simply melted more butter and combined it with their glaze sugar packet. I used my offset spatula again to gently cover the top of this loaf.
Sprinkled it with their (once again, familiar) packet of fancy sprinkles...
Cut the loaf into 8 slices, and...
The finished product! These were gorgeous to look at and fun to make. The loaf itself, unfortunately, tasted too dense and buttery for my liking. I felt the same way about the vanilla cupcakes that were included as one of February's recipes—their cake recipes so far haven't been light or airy enough. This loaf was jam-packed and a little too heavy in my opinion.
The glaze and occasional bite of Oreo cookie were fantastic, however!
Verdict: I wasn't thrilled with these two recipes, although I was really hoping I would be! The actual decorative element of both recipes felt too similar to what was found in February's box, and the taste of each dessert didn't blow me away. I appreciated the unique Blondie recipe, as I haven't made a Cookies 'n Cream version before!
This time around, the thoroughness of SoBakeable's prep and baking kits was the best part of the box. It was nice having parchment paper and a hand whisk included, although that doesn't speak much to the quality of the recipes themselves. At $36.95 per box, I think SoBakeable could add some variety to their decorative elements to increase the value.
To Wrap Up:
Can you still get this box if you sign up today? Because this is the "Surprise Me" subscription, which is $36.95 total, it's not guaranteed that you'll get this specific combination of recipes. You can also buy individual one-off boxes on their site like the Bars & Bites box for $29.95 or the Crazy About Cookies box for the same price.
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Value Breakdown: At $36.95 for this box, you're ultimately paying about $1.32 per cookie and $2.31 per Blondie, which, like last month, is more pricey then each recipe is ultimately worth, but may seem worthwhile when factoring in convenience, baking equipment, and decorations.
The bi-monthly box, although it may seem steep in cost, has a value that's comparable to similar boxes like Foodstirs, which is $18.99 + $5.99 shipping for a single dessert kit, rather than two.
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Which of these SoBakeable desserts looks the tastiest to you?