Thursday 20th February 2014
When did you first develop a love of baking and cakes? We’ll bet it was when you were quite young, certainly when it comes to eating them! Most people’s first memories of baking are either helping mum in the kitchen or making some simple fairy cakes at primary school. But once you’re hooked you’re a cake maker for life.
To help you encourage your tiny tots to enjoy baking we’ve collected six wonderful kids’ baking recipes, all of which are simple enough for little hands to manage (with adult supervision of course) and tasty enough for the whole family to enjoy.
Chocolate Crispy Cakes
Sometimes inviting the children to help with baking can be fraught with stress, especially with hot ovens and hobs just an inch away. So why not start them off with some cakes that don’t need baking. These village fete classics are popular with everyone and the addition of chocolate beans gives them an extra chocolate kick. Melt the chocolate, butter and golden syrup for them, then give them a wooden spoon and some corn flakes or crisped rice and let them mix away.
Now who can resist a gingerbread man? Especially one decorated in our Neon Ready To Roll Icing. Any kind of biscuit is great to make with kids. They love getting their hands sticky kneading the dough and even tiny tots can help cutting out the shapes with a cookie cutter. And if you let them help with the decoration the cookies are sure to end up bright and colourful.
Image courtesy Amanda Cottingham
Cupcakes will always go down a storm with kids and adults alike, and the best thing about them is they’re easy to bake and infinitely customisable. This wonderfully simple recipe from Amanda from The Ana Mum Diary is great for introducing children to the world of baking and can be made into any flavour you like with the addition of a few ingredients. You can decorate cupcakes with buttercream or Ready To Roll Icing, and let their imagination run wild.
Biscuits are so easy to make, which makes them great fun for children as they can really get involved rolling the dough out and cutting the shapes. Decorating these is easy too, just melt a selection of our Colour Melts and dip the biscuits in and then decorate with sprinkles or chocolate beans. These will fit perfectly into their school lunchbox for a colourful break time treat.
Image courtesy Sally’s Baking Addiction
If there’s one thing that kids love, it’s a brightly coloured, fun cake like this amazing Funfetti Cake from Sally’s Baking Addiction. A light, moist cake peppered with sprinkles is topped with icing and even more sprinkles. Children will love mixing the sprinkles into the mix and also decorating the top liberally. This is the perfect children’s party cake.
Image via Favorite Family Recipes
If you can guarantee one thing when it comes to kids and cakes it’s this: there will be mess. So why not bake these cute little ice cream cone cupcakes from Favorite Family Recipes. They’ve used a buttercream frosting on top, or you could use our Snip And Swirl to make it really easy for the little tykes.
We hope you find these recipes inspire you to get the kids into the kitchen with you. If you do, show us the results on Facebook and Twitter, or if you’ve got a favourite recipe baking with the family then let us know!