How to Bake with Toddlers
Ok, so firstly here is the disclaimer:
It will be messy!
BUT I promise you it will be fun! And if you have a camera handy, even one on your phone, then you’ll get some great photo opportunities!
Baking with your little ones doesn’t need to be complicated, and it also doesn’t need to come out of a box.
When I was young we baked cakes all the time, or so it seemed. We loved it! We baked with Mum, and Grandma. It’s in our blood.
My Great Grandma had a baking day, she didn’t own scales and managed to produce outstanding breads, delicious cakes and yummy pies by eye and experience alone.
Her daughter, my Grandma was an amazingly good baker. She made fresh bread every day even when she was 90 and couldn’t eat it herself due to allergies. She made it fresh to feed to the birds and for all of us.
Baking with Babies
So the easiest way to bake with your little ones, and you can start when they’re just babies is by sitting them in their highchair at the counter and talk through what you’re doing. The ingredients you’re using and quantities
- Home Economics
Chocolate Easter Cupcakes
- 4oz SR Flour
- 4oz Caster Sugar
- 4oz Butter(Margerine)
- 4oz Eggs (2)
- 1tsp Baking Powder
- 4oz icing sugar
- Cocoa powder
- 2oz butter/margarine
First, put your bowl on the scale and tale so that the scale reads zero. Then pour in the ingredients, I do this while showing H the display and telling her which number we need. Then counting up with her as the ounces rise until we get there.
I always let her feel the ingredients with her fingers (cleaned first of course!) this helps to give her a sense of involvement and builds her knowledge of foods and ingredients.
Mix the ingredients until creamed, then using spoons, spoon into the cupcake cases. This is the part I have to give her another task to do. She loves putting the cases into the cupcake tray. Trying to get just 1 in each hole helps with her fine motor skills. It also keeps her somewhat distracted from the tasty batter, which given the chance she’d try to eat a bowlful!
Next is to put the batter into the oven. This is a great opportunity to talk about heat, burns, oven safety and keeping safe distance. Best for the adult to do this part.
While the cakes are cooking, you have a nice window to ‘tidy up time’. As long as it’s a warm day, I strip my little one almost naked, let her climb on the stool in front of the sink, and let her do the washing up. Water play, tidy up time and cleaning all rolled into one. She’s usually in heaven and I have to prise her away before her hands go wrinkly.
When the cakes are cooked, allow to cool before tasting 😉
I used a chocolate buttercream for my icing, filled a piping bag with it, with a star shaped nozzle. Then just pipe a circle around the cake, and another one on top of it if you like a larger nest, and put a squidge (Yes that’s a very technical baking term, just Ask Mary Berry!) in the centre to hold the eggs.
As I was piping the nests onto the cakes, H was counting out mini eggs to place into the nests. I asked for 3 eggs in each nest, which H was counting in, but as you can see, she kept counting as she preferred her nests a bit fuller!