Get Baking with Kids-Friendly Recipes
Joshua has enjoyed baking since he was two years old but to be honest, he wouldn’t do much more than mix for a few seconds and then get annoyed that he had to wait for his cakes to actually bake! But a couple of months ago Joshua really started getting involved in the kitchen. In fact, he loves it so much that he now has his very own baking kit filled with cookie cutters, rolling pin, apron and anything else he needs to get going.
Whenever we make breakfast or cook dinner, he has to help prepare everything, so we’ve started having regular baking days – which fills our cupboards with cakes, cookies and brownies – WIN!!
Here are two of our absolute favourite kid-friendly recipes for our baking days, with some added ideas that you may like to try out!
What child doesn’t enjoy making a simple chocolate sponge cake? We often make up one or two of these at a time and let Joshua go wild with sprinkles, icing, chocolate flakes and whatever else catches his eye!
175g Caster Sugar
50g Cocoa Powder
100g Self-Raising Flour
Start off by pre-heating your oven to gas mark 5 and grease two sandwich tins.
Whisk together the butter and sugar until it is creamy, then add just 1 egg and mix.
Sieve in the cocoa powder and flour into a separate bowl and add a third of this mixture into your wet ingredients and combine.
Add in your last two eggs and mix, then add in the remaining flour and mix until smooth.
Then divide the mixture into two sandwich tins and bake for 20-25 minutes.
Cool before decorating.
Note – I’d be lying if I didn’t get lazy and use ordinary sugar instead of caster sugar. I personally don’t taste the different and neither does Joshua! I also tend to just chuck all the ingredients into one big bowl from time to time too, but ssshh!
Joshua loves a good cheesecake, especially when it has ‘strawberry jam/dip-dip’ on top (strawberry sauce to us adults!) So, I managed to find a recipe for an easy no-bake cheesecake that would be perfect for him and other kids to get making in the kitchen. What makes it even more perfect is that it’s flexible, you can use whichever biscuits you like and choose your toppings!
500g Cream Cheese
100g Digestive Biscuits, crushed
50g Demerara Sugar
50g Butter, melted
200ml Double Cream, whipped lightly
100g Icing Sugar
1 tsp Vanilla Extract
Start off by crushing the biscuits of your choice and mix with the demerara sugar.
Add in the melted butter and mix well.
Spoon the biscuit mixture into a lined cake tin and press down firmly and chill in the fridge until completely set.
Beat the icing sugar, cream cheese and vanilla and fold in the double cream.
Spoon the mixture over the biscuit base and return to the fridge for another hour.
More Baking Ideas
Easy-Peasy Jam Tarts
One of my favourite childhood recipes to get baking with was jam tarts! You can’t get simpler than with a classic jam tart. Either make up your own pastry (or better yet, buy store-bought!) and use a glass to cut out the bases. Place into a cupcake tray and spoon in some jam. Cook on gas mark 5 for around 12 minutes.
But be careful – the jam gets incredibly hot!
Joshua loves pizza and we’re talking cheese & tomato as well as chocolate & brownie! Start by making or buying a sweet pastry base and top with whatever your heart desires. Favourites of ours are chocolate brownie pieces, marshmallows, chocolate sauce and cookie dough! But you can switch it up by adding all of your favourite sweet things.
I hope you enjoyed reading about some of our favourites and hopefully your little ones will enjoy them too! We love trying out new recipes, so let us know what you think and what your favourite things to bake with your children are.
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