Primrose Bakery Cupcake and Cake Recipes Review
Primrose Bakery for iPhone and iPad serves up some tasty recipes, but is this app half-baked?
Frequented by the likes of Nigella Lawson and Jools Oliver, the Primrose Bakery is a trendy London establishment that specialises in bespoke cupcakes and layer cakes. Some info on its origins is included in this fully revamped recipe app, along with a rather stilted video welcome from the joint founders.
Once it has taken a few minutes to download the recipes – it’s not clear why this is necessary – they are arranged in a grid of untitled photos and, although the shots are mouthwatering, it would be nice to have a standard index option too. Still, you can filter the 81 recipes by type – including no less than 22 variations of icing/buttercream – and search for them by title, but not ingredient.
Upon opening a recipe, you’re presented with a simple list of text steps, unaccompanied by any pictures. Tap a step to enlarge it, with the relevant ingredients shown handily underneath, and swipe between steps – unfortunately, the ability to do so without touching the screen with floury fingers, as in the previous version of the app, has been removed.
The new Quick Pin feature could prove useful if you’re baking multiple items, though, enabling you to pin the relevant recipes to a sidebar for easy access. There are also three nameable timers as well as a shopping list facility.
The recipes are very appetising, but we’d like some step-by-step photos and the return of non-touch swiping.
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