If you are looking for quick and easy baking recipes for kids I suggest you start off easy until they get to grips with how it all works. Neither you or they should expect miracles at first and you don’t want them to get bored.It is important to have fun baking with your kids and what better way to introduce them to baking than this easy cake recipe.
This recipe is for very simple, uncomplicated cup cakes with whatever added ingredients they want; fruit, chocolate, whatever goes. Most kids enjoy baking cakes and toddlers are at just the right age that they love getting involved, helping with the measuring and mixing.
Baking doesn’t have to be complicated or hard to do. Give this recipe a try and see how simple baking can be. Even a child can do it!
What you will need
- kitchen scales
- a large mixing bowl
- a wooden spoon or other suitable utensil for mixing
- a hand whisk or electric whisk (electric will be so much easier)
- a sieve
- muffin cases
- baking tray
- 4oz unsalted butter
- 4oz caster sugar
- 4oz self raising flour
- 2 medium, free range eggs equal in weight to 4oz
- a couple of drops of vanilla essence
In a large bowl cream the butter, which should be at room temperature, until it is pale in color and begins to turn to a fluffy consistency. You can use a spoon for this but it will be hard work for you and even harder work for a toddler, who will get bored quickly. You are better off using an electric whisk, allowing your toddler to help by putting their hand over yours as you hold it.
Now, slowly add the sugar and combine it with the butter.
Crack the eggs and beat them well. This can be fun for a toddler if they are let loose with a hand whisk but take care to help them or it will go everywhere other than in the bowl.
Double sift the flour to make sure you have no lumps and that it becomes light and airy. Let your toddler gently shake the sieve as you help them keep it steady.
Make a well in your butter/ sugar mixture and add small amounts of egg and flour at a time, mixing and stirring gently in a figure of eight motion. A wooden spoon is best for this but in all honesty I don’t think it really matters; this is about having fun with your little one in the kitchen; who cares if its not an award winning cake?
Continue adding and mixing until all the egg and flour have been used then add a couple of drops of vanilla essence to suit your taste. Only use a couple of drop as it is strong stuff!
Finally mix in around 2oz of sultanas or something else you fancy; blueberries, glacé cherries or maybe even chocolate drops.
When you are doen spoon the mixture into small cake or muffin cases and arrange on a baking tray. Place them in the oven, pre-heated to 180 degrees and bake for 15 to 20 minutes. Make sure your cakes are nice and golden in colour then allow them to cool on a wire rack.