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 An easy cake recipe for your child to make

If you have young children and want to keep them occupied whilst you are making and decorating your cake, here are a couple of tested diversions!

First, if you are making a cake which has marzipan, let your children make little animals out of the marzipan and other ingredients to hand. The results probably wont get eaten but it will involve your children in the cooking process because they use some of the cake ingredients.

Child recipe. Click picture to enlarge. Copyright David Marks
On the left is a plate containing a chunk of marzipan, a couple of small candles, some currants and raisins, a chunk of coloured icing and a few nuts. The instructions were, make a few animals out of that lot!



This is the result. A few Pokemon characters and a weird pink-coloured beast!

It kept my six year old occupied for about 40 minutes with only occasional chat and requests for a few more ingredients.

Child recipe. Click picture to enlarge. Copyright David Marks

A slightly more complicated recipe for a child is to make some small cakes. We used a pack that contained cake decorating ingredients already in most kitchen cupboards plus:

one egg

110 grams / 4 ounces of self raising flour

1/3 teaspoon of baking powder

110 grams / 4 ounces soft butter

110 grams / 4 ounces sugar

110 grams / 4 ounces icing sugar

Child Cake Recipe. Click picture to enlarge. Copyright David Marks On the left is the cake decorating kit. It contains some edible batman pictures, some icing (which turns blue when mixed), red edible decorations and 8 cake cases.

The icing aside, similar items can be bought separately for very little.

 

Preheat the oven to 170 C / 325 F / Gas Mark 3.

Measure out the flour, sugar, baking powder and butter (make sure it is not cold) and put it all in a bowl with the egg. Mix until all the ingredients are well combined.

I suggest you start off the mixing process to avoid any risk of spillage! Then when the mixture is all half combined let your child do the rest of the mixing.

Child Cake Recipe. Click picture to enlarge. Copyright David Marks

 

Child Cake Recipe. Click picture to enlarge. Copyright David Marks Spoon the mixture into the small cake cases and fill them to about half to two thirds full. Try to make the mixture flat in the cake cases, but this is not really crucial. Indeed, if the surface is not flat some unusual shaped cakes will be the result!

Put the cake cases on a tray and place in the middle of the pre-heated oven for half an hour. Do not open the door of the oven until the half hour is up or the cakes will simply flop over rather than rise.

 

After half an hour, take the cakes from the oven and let them cool for 1/2 hour before icing. Put the icing sugar in the bowl and add water according to the instructions on the packet. Again, I suggest you add the water to avoid too much being poured in.

If you want to colour the icing, add a few drops of food colouring now and give a further stir.

Child Cake Recipe. Click picture to enlarge. Copyright David Marks

 

To ice the cakes simply spoon some icing onto the top and let it settle so that the top is covered.

Place an edible transfer on the top and enjoy them. They really are quite tasty!

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