3 Quick & Easy Cakes to Bake with Your Toddler

Simple baking with your toddler can help them practise those fine motor skills, as well as educate them about ingredients, learn measuring skills and introduce them to cooking! 

But overall, baking is a fun activity to do together where you can bond as parent and child. So, here are some really easy and delicious cakes to bake at home with your little one.

Tips for baking with your toddler

Before you begin with these recipes, tie back any long hair, put on your aprons and wash your hands together. Food hygiene is so important for your child to learn.

Next, set up a stable cooking area with all the ingredients laid out for your recipe of choice. Don’t forget to set out any utensils you’ll need too, such as bowls, measuring jugs and mixing spoons. 

Then, just before you begin baking, explain to your toddler what the different ingredients are and where they have come from. They’ll think it’s magic when these ingredients come together to make a yummy cake.

1. Chocolate Cornflake Cakes

Chocolate cornflakes easy cake to bake with toddlers

These crunchy, chocolatey bites are super simple to make and a delicious sweet treat. Your toddler will enjoy taking part and will of course love eating the end result!

You will need:

  • 50g butter
  • 100g milk or dark chocolate
  • 3 tbsp golden syrup
  • 100g cornflakes
  • Cupcake cases

Step 1: (This step should be completed by an adult) Start by putting the butter, chocolate (broken into chunks) and golden syrup into a saucepan or microwavable bowl. Melt these all together using low heat and once melted, allow to cool.

Step 2: Your toddler can now get involved! Pour the cornflakes into the bowl with the chocolate and stir gently until all the flakes are covered in the melted chocolate sauce. Spoon the mixture into cupcake cases and place in the fridge to set for an hour or so.

If you’re feeling fancy or want to add some colour, top with some mini eggs or other sweets of your choice to decorate. It’s that simple! 

Source: BBC goodfood 

2. Iced Fairy Cakes

Fairy cakes for simple baking with toddler

Whilst an adult will have to take charge with lots of this fairy cake recipe, your toddler can do the really fun part – the icing and decorating! This is what makes the fairy cake magical.

You will need:

  • 100g caster sugar
  • 100g soft butter
  • 100g self-raising flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp of vanilla extract

Step 1: Make sure your toddler is away from the oven and set it to 180C /160C fan/gas 4. Place 12 cupcake cases into your tin.

Step 2: Your toddler can help with a bit of this step. Mix your sugar and butter in a bowl and then sift in your flour.

Step 3: Crack your eggs into the mix, add the vanilla extract and continue to mix everything together until smooth.

Step 4: Spoon the mixture into the cases and, keeping your toddler away from the oven, place it into the oven for 20 minutes. Make sure you leave to cool (otherwise the icing will just melt!) and you’re ready to decorate.

Step 5: Your toddler can decorate the fairy cakes using icing sugar, coloured gels, marshmallows, sprinkles or whatever else you have lying around. Let them really use their imagination to create some beautiful designs on your fairy cakes. Just remember to leave them to set before tucking in.

Source: BBC goodfood

3. Rocky Road Cakes

Rocky road cake easy to bake with toddler

Rocky road is another fridge cake that is not only quick to prepare but can involve your toddler in almost every step! It’s a great choice for marshmallow or biscuit lovers.

You will need:

  • 200g digestive biscuits
  • 135g of butter
  • 200g dark chocolate
  • 2-3 tbsp golden syrup
  • 100g mini marshmallows

Step 1: Grease and line an 18cm square tin with baking paper.

Step 2: Put your digestive biscuits in a sandwich or freezer bag and bash with a rolling pin until they are a mixture of dust and small lumps. 

Step 3: This is one for the grown-ups. Melt your butter in a saucepan, then switch to gentle heat and add your dark chocolate and golden syrup. Stir constantly until there are no lumps and leave to cool.

Step 4: Now take the crushed biscuits, marshmallows and any other ingredients you want to use (e.g. dried fruits, popcorn, etc) and add them to the chocolate mixture. Stir until everything is covered.

Step 5: Pour the mixture into the baking tin, spread to the corners and leave to chill in the fridge for around 2 hours. Then you’re ready to tuck in and enjoy!

Source: BBC goodfood

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