The biggest and warmest of welcomes from me this Baking Round-up. I’m sure we are all feeling rather unnerved at the situation we find ourselves in. Staying at home for the nation and finding ways to entertain and sustain our family life within four walls. So I hope to bring you a little solace and direction for the months ahead, especially as most of us are also tackling some homeschooling. Scream!!!!!
My children are pushing me already to the limit and I am realising what a very hard job teaching must be! I am finding it almost impossible to refrain from Miss Trunchball like behaviour, although I definitely don’t have a Matilda sat at my kitchen table.
Finding the lessons difficult to police I have found real enjoyment and respite in baking with them in the afternoons and have seen other parents and carers doing the same on social media. It is such a great skill for them to learn full of fun, creativity and achievement. My children are now of an age where they can complete a recipe with only light supervision. They absolutely beam at their results and I love to see it.
So I thought it would be super useful for you to have, at this present time, a collection of fun recipes that are great to bake with your children.
Over at Apply To Face Blog I have quite a collection of child friendly bakes. I am unable to pick a favourite although my Rock Cakes come pretty close. These are the Rock Cakes of my childhood. The ACTUAL Rock Cakes of my childhood. They fill me with nostalgia every time. Very simple to make they are a perfect recipe to make with the children and I just love the thought that they will become nostalgic for my own children.
My other top bombing recipe to make with and for my children is this stupendous and moment stopping Flapjack recipe. These flapjacks are so good I would do just about anything to get hold of one. They should be on everyone’s bucket list such is their deeply syrupy flapjack flavour and unabashed gooeyness. This recipe is one I am very proud of and get amazing feedback for.
Cookies and Biscuits
A really great place for children to start their baking journey is with a simple biscuit and these Fork Biscuits from Cooking With My Kids are absolutely ideal. With only three ingredients, the simple fork biscuit is the easiest biscuit recipe for kids, so are the perfect thing for getting children busy in the kitchen.
Helen also has these Smartie Cookies. Not only simple for the children to make on their own but great fun to decorate with all the brightly coloured smarties.
We also have these cute little cherry topped retro biscuits are known as Melting Moments/Cornflake Biscuits.Whatever you call them, they are absolutely delicious and very simple to make. Old fashioned baking at its best from Something Sweet Something Savoury.
My children particularly like to make my Choc Chip Cookies. They really are rather special and a recipe that they are able to make without me now. Big old, crisp but chewy cookies that used to be as large as their faces.
Cooking Journey has these Vegan Healthy Oatmeal Cookies for those looking for a plant based alternative. These healthy oatmeal cranberry cookies are vegan, gluten-free, nut-free and dairy-free. Totally plant-based and allergy-friendly!
Always a hit with the kids Chocolate Brownies are such a crowd pleaser. So easy and straightforward to bake they are perfect for the kids to get involved with. I have my own Brownie recipehere. A bake that always stops me in my tracks at first bite. I even have a Nutella Brownies version.
Lost In Food has these moreish Chocolate and Pecan Brownies for us. Another simple bake and one that will satisfy any chocolate craving. These brownies are really quick and easy to prepare which makes them ideal for baking with children, who have a short attention span.
Blondies are another great option if you are out of dark chocolate and /or fancy a change.
Cupcakes and Muffins
Decorating cupcakes has got to be one of the most fun things for kids to do when baking. Even if they are still too young to do the baking bit totally by themselves.
I just adore these brilliant Owl Cupcakesfrom Cooking With My Kids. Decorated with chocolate buttons and the odd smartie they are just the cutest. These would be perfect for any woodland party or any kid who loves birds – or even just fun and cute cupcakes!
Helen also has these Rainbow Cupcakes. An easy recipe for colourful cupcakes that kids and toddlers will love to bake.
Supergolden Bakes has these beautiful Easy Vegan Chocolate Cupcakesthat require no eggs or butter! Perfect for these ingredient sparse times. Easy enough for children to make and just as tasty without the frosting.
Lucy also has a perfect large cake to bake for when you cannot get hold of any of the usual ingredients. Her Crazy Chocolate Cake. The cake is vegan (depending on frosting), dairy free, egg free and suitable for those with allergies. It is also crazy affordable, and so simple a child could make it. An excellent baking project for getting your little helpers onboard.
Muffins of course, are a really ideal bake for children. Often only a matter of a cursory stir or two and reliable risers, they have been my go to when my energy or tolerance levels were low.
My children’s favourites from last summer were these amazing Strawberry Muffins. A hint of cinnamon, jam packed full of juicy strawberries with a crunchy, sugary top.
Clare from Easy Peasy Lemon Squeezy has these BlueBerry and Lemon Muffins. She says the kids can do this no bother and the result is tasty, juicy, fluffy, fruit filled muffins.
Choclette from Tin and Thyme has these delicious Vegan Peanut Butter Banana Muffins. These super easy vegan banana & peanut butter muffins are a real hit. The most difficult bit is mashing the bananas and trying not to eat them straight out of the oven. No eggs required.
I have included here a couple of easy one bowl cakes that the older children may like to try.
My Easy Chocolate Cake. A simple and foolproof one bowl chocolate cake recipe that is absolutely delicious and perfect for all occasions. The cake I make the most at my house.
Easy Carrot Cake from Easy Peasy Lemon Squeezy. Clare says that this is possibly the easiest one you will ever make. It’s so easy, simple and I promise it’s so worth it!
With Easter just around the corner and particularly as the Easter Bunny may well be a little short on deliveries this year, I thought it prudent to include some fun Easter Bakes.
Jo’s Kitchen Larder has these easy Easter Biscuits which are perfect to make with kids & are great alternative to all things chocolate! Crunchy, gently spiced & full of raisins or currants, they’re melt in the mouth delicious.
Cooking With My Kids has these great Easter Themed Cookies. So simple but effective. The name of the game here.
Cooking With My Kids says that Easter Chocolate Nests are by far the simplest thing you can bake with kids. They’re the perfect treat for anyone looking for something quick and easy to make with kids this Easter.
Feast Glorious Feast absolutely agrees with her Chocolate Cornflake Cakes. Turn them into Easter nests by adding mini chocolate eggs for a cute Easter treat or top with your favourite chocolates for a year-round treat. Ideal to make with kids but entirely appropriate for adults too!
Sneaky Veg has this vegan version for you with these Healthier Chocolate Rice Krispie Nests. Rice krispie nests are another classic Easter bake that kids of any age will love to make.
Even make your own Homemade Chocolates this Easter with another recipe from Sneaky Veg – a kid friendly recipe that they’ll love to make and super cute.
I particularly fell in love with these simple Easter Cupcakes from Easy Peasy Lemon Squeezy. These cute little choc chip cupcakes are perfect for Easter
Of course no Easter family bake is complete without an Easter Chocolate Fridge Cake. This one from Something Sweet Something Savoury looks so colourful and delicious. A great one for the younger children.
And that, as they say baking folks, is that. I hope I have given you enough to get your teething gums around. I really hope you can share some brilliant baking times and make a whole load of baking memories with your beautiful children. A real positive from this difficult situation.
Let me know how you get on in the comments below. I love to hear from you.