An easy cake recipe for your child to
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.
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
It kept my six year old occupied for
about 40 minutes with only occasional chat and requests for a
few more ingredients.
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:
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
||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.
||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
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.
||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!