Tuesday 5th August 2014
Kids and baking just go together. They relish making a bit of a mess in the kitchen, getting their hands mucky and helping Mum (or Dad) measuring, mixing, kneading, rolling and decorating. And they love waiting (not so) patiently as the mouth-watering aroma of the baked delights wafts through the house and you can’t stop them devouring every last morsel before it’s barely had time to cool.
The key to a successful kids baking session is choosing projects that are simple enough for them to help with at every stage but fun and interesting enough to keep them engaged.
We think these are the 5 best kids baking recipes for you to try out with your family.
Biscuits are great for getting kids into baking. The recipes are simple and they don’t take very long to make. Plus they always enjoy mixing the dough up, rolling it out and cutting out the biscuits with a cutter. These biscuits use colour melts and sprinkles to give them a colourful and vibrant visual appeal. If you’ve got more than one little helper you could even set up a production line with one dipping into the melts while the other adds the sprinkles. Then you can keep an eye on them while enjoying a cuppa.
Gingerbread men are always a firm favourite with the kids. Much like standard biscuits and cookies the opportunity to make a big mess with the dough adds some fun and the decorating allows little ones to express their creativity and artistic side. Using ready to roll icing in various colours means you can create whole gingerbread families and even make them to tie into a theme for birthdays by making them into cartoon characters.
(Image via Sally’s Baking Addiction)
We know from one of our baking surveys that cupcakes are really popular for making with kids, from both sides of the generation gap. Like biscuits, making the cakes is pretty straightforward with a standard ratio of everyday ingredients that means botching them up is nigh on impossible. Ideal for when the chaotic influence of kids is in the mix! We love these Strawberry cupcakes from Sally’s Baking Addiction. The addition of fresh strawberries to the cake mix and on top of the cupcake gives them a delightful moist taste. For the topping kids will love piping on either a strawberry or vanilla piping icing and giving them a generous dash of sprinkles.
(Image via Darcy’s Cupcake Creations)
Ever since Despicable Me hit the cinemas a few years ago the cute little Minions have become something of a phenomenon loved by kids and adults alike. No surprise then to see that Minions cupcakes are very big online. These incredible creations come from Darcy’s Cupcake Creations and incorporate various colours of ready to roll icing to create incredibly expressive Minion faces for the cupcake topper. To get this kind of finish will take a little care and guidance, but it’s more than possible, and they almost look too good to eat. Almost.
(Image via Doodle Craft)
Disney’s Frozen is very much flavour of the month with families at the moment thanks to its wonderful characters and insanely catchy songs. So kids will leap at the chance to make some cupcakes inspired by the film. The tricky part about these cupcakes from Doodle Craft is making the hard candy icicles, so make sure you do that part yourself. But the kids can help by adding a nice swirl of frosting and they could even add some sprinkles too for an extra splash of colour.