Baking with children can get really messy, but its a great way to not just make delectable treats but also create long lasting memories with your children.
Alyssa and I enjoyed baking together the weekend of Mother’s Day – she keeps asking “When can we bake a cake again Mom?”
Baking can be fun as well as educational! Here are just some of the educational benefits your little ones can enjoy while baking.
- Reading – they learn to follow a recipe
- Directions – they learn to follow the steps of the recipe
- Maths – they learn to count, add, subtract and divide, as well as learning about fractions
- Patience – they learn to be patient as baking takes time
- They learn about taking precautions like wearing aprons so as not to mess on clothing and learning to be careful when dealing with the oven.
- Science – baking is just like a science experiment – learning what happens when you mix things together and add heat
- They learn about team work, helping each other while baking
- They learn about what goes into food
- They learn about making a mess and having to clean it up afterwards.
- They learn about sharing – sharing their treats with family
So, with it being World Baking Day this week, I thought it would be a great time to share an easy little recipe from Hamleys Toy Store, which you and your little one can have some fun with:
Cheshire Cat Cup Cake
- 1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- 3 tablespoons butter, softened
- 1 1/2 cups white sugar
- 2 eggs
- 3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 cup milk
- Sour apple gummy ring
- Kitchen knife
- Smarties, 2 yellow ones for the eyes and 1 purple one for the nose
- A few chocolate sprinkles
- Black or purple gumdrop
- Preheat oven to 175 degrees C. Line a muffin pan with cupcake holders. Sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cocoa and salt. Set aside.
- In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well with each addition, then stir in the vanilla. Add the flour mixture alternately with the milk; beat well. Fill the muffin cups 3/4 full.
- Bake for 15 to 17 minutes in the preheated oven, or until a toothpick inserted into the cake comes out clean. Ice with your favourite icing when cool.
Ice half of the cupcake top, spreading the icing in a wide arc that resembles a grin.
Flip over the sour apple gummy ring so the white side faces up. Cut a small section away from the top of the ring, as shown (an adult’s job).
Now score the candy to create wide teeth (again, adults only).
Place the gummy teeth on the frosted portion of the cupcake, pressing down lightly to stick the candy in place.
Set the candies for the nose and eyes in place, centering them on the cupcake at the upper edge of the icing. Top each eye with a small dot of black decorator’s gel or icing.
For whiskers, arrange a few chocolate sprinkles on both sides of the nose.
For the finishing touch, cut two matching triangles from the gumdrop and use dabs of icing to stick them in place for the ears.
There is a range of fun baking products available at Hamleys to make your child’s baking experience even more memorable – they make perfect birthday gifts too! :