Baking with your kids is Messsssssy, but it can be so much fun…
So My big girl love loves to bake! She loves any type of cooking, but she is particularly into cakes right now! She spends her afternoons on the iPad watching cake decorating videos on you tube and re watching them with me when she comes to our house! She wont even let me surprise her with a birthday cake because she would prefer to help make it! I have never really been the best cake maker or decorator but I am crafty and always happy to give anything a go! I guess now that I a
m a step mummy and a baby mummy it’s about time I get some practice in for this cake decorating biz! I will be making cakes for the next 2 decades I guess! I’m sure you mummies already know these tricks of the trade, but you can use this as a little refresh into what a kid may not know yet!
The first 10 things I have taught my daughter about baking cakes:
- Practice makes perfect, not many people make perfect cakes from the very beginning. It’s not the end of the world if it doesn’t work out. We will just try again.
- Always stand back from the oven door when you first open it- steam will burn your face
- Don’t open the oven door for the first 20min of baking a cake/muffins or they will flop
- Biscuits don’t usually go hard in the oven, they are soft until you pull them out and they cool. The time to take them out is when they are just beginning to go golden brown
- When baking skewer the middle of the cake, if it comes out clean the cake is ready, dirty- not quite!
- A little extra accidentally dropped in ingredients doesn’t usually cause much of a problem (She gets so worried about this)
- When beating egg whites for meringue, there mustn’t be a drop of water in the bowl or even a dash of egg yolk or the whites will never harden
- If you beat cream for too long it will turn to butter, keep an eye on the consistency
- Preparation is the key, always grease the cake tins properly or your beautiful creation will fall apart trying to get it out
- place cakes on the middle shelf in the oven for far less chance of burning!
Use baking as a learning opportunity…
My daughter is 10.5yrs old, she loves measuring out the ingredients and I use this time to test her and teach her about fractions and volume. I teach her about gravity when we are whipping egg whites. She is learning about time and
how to read the clock properly when we put things in and out of the oven. She is learning ab
out heat and temperature when we cook. There are so many things they can learn through cooking. Even from very young just counting and colors and even just food names. It is a nice way to bond as a family and to learn at the same time! The best thing about teaching your kids how to bake is that it wont be long until you can get their help when it comes to those last minute birthday cakes!