Baking cakes is a fantastic activity to do with children. It’s benefits definitely outweighs the mess it makes in the kitchen 🙂
One of my greatest and fondest childhood memories would be to bake with my grandma as a child. I can remember 3 shelves in the kitchen stacked with several clear glass flip lids, carefully labelled so neatly with her stickers and beautiful handwriting containing numerous baking goods. Flour, sugar, almonds, dried fruit (Christmas cake) baking powder, cornflour, brown flour for bread making, the list was endless.
Her whole kitchen was set up to bake. She absolutely loved to bake and she loved showing me how to bake. This memory lives in me forever. I am sure everyone has their own baking stories. I think the kitchen and Baking go hand in hand. I also remember my very first children’s cookbook. The Usborne First cookbook where I curated a three course dinner with my cousin for our parents with my Godmother.
Baking is also a great activity to encourage great grip with the hands. Especially if you kneed bread or mix fruit into your batter. It really is a great enabler.
The one Recipe that is extremely easy to make is just a simple batch of vanilla cupcakes. And you can supplement your own ingredients such as fruits, spices and chocolate. For instance I like to add a dash of cinnamon and nutmeg. You can also make an icing but I think the less sugar the better. You can also replace or mix sugar with honey,
Vanilla cupcakes only need around 5-10 minutes prep time and 15 minutes in the oven. I really like Mason Cash Cooking equipment and Jane Asher. They both provide great basic baking tools.
I also like Billingtons organic Brown caster sugar as it’s unrefined unlike most castor sugars.
To make simple Vanilla Cupcakes:
110g Butter/ Stork
1tsp of Vanilla essence
- Preheat the oven to 180 degrees
- Mix the Butter and the sugar together until smooth and pale
3. Carefully crack the eggs into the mixture striking in the vanilla extract, if you have any fruit – I like banana add now
5.With a 12 case muffin tin line with paper cases Using a ice scream scoop spoon the mixture into the cases
6. Put in the oven and cook for 10- 15 minutes making sure the middle is cooked.
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