Baking With Your Child/ren!
My children love baking with me and ask anyone who knows me about my cakes, they are scrumptious. I can proudly say I've mastered Sponge, Marble and Banana Cake so far. I've been doing it for around 3 years now and plan on expanding my horizons this year.
Today we are baking a Sponge Cake for a Family Birthday Celebration.
Now we are not getting all complicated as I will be assisting my 4-year-old throughout. She will be doing most of the work but I'll be doing the heavy lifting lol.
Baking can be messy but it's also loads of fun, enables quality time spent together and helps teach life skills such as counting, measuring and baking of course.
Equipment Needed: Mixing Bowl, Eletric Whisk, Scales, 20cm Cake tin and Greaseproof Paper.
To start off with, I normally get all the ingredients out and together so we have everything we need in one place (this also makes the process a bit quicker).
Here are All the Ingredients you'll need:
- 225g Self-Raising Flour
- 225g Caster Sugar (I use Golden Caster Sugar but any will do)
- 225g Soften Unsalted Butter.
- 4 Large Eggs
- 2 tbs of Milk
- 1 tbs of Vanilla Extract
Our first step is to add the flour and caster sugar (image above). We put these in first, in hopes to reduce the flour mess and then, add all the other ingredients on top. Remember the butter needs to be soft.
Once all ingredients are together in the bowl, its time to mix and blend it all together.
Tip: You can do this by using a handheld whisk or an electric one. I use an electric one as it's easier for the girls.
The contents in the bowl should now be smooth and look like this (image below).
Now its time to grease the baking tin with the remainder of butter and line the tin with greaseproof paper. Once you're happy with it, pour the mixture into the tin ensuring it's spread out evenly. Either tap in on the side or slightly shake it to get the air bubbles out.
8 Benefits Of Baking with Kids
~Builds Math Skills
~ Enriches Oral Vocabulary
~ Teaches Scientific Concepts
~ Boosts Reading Skills
~ Introduces Life Skills
~ Develops Fine Motor Skills
~ Promotes Social Skills
~ Provides Fun "Connect" Time.
“Cooking with kids is not just about ingredients recipes, and cooking. It’s about harnessing imagination, empowerment, and creativity.”
- Guy Fieri
Finally place baking tin in a pre-heated oven (180c/gas mark 4) for 45 minutes or until golden brown.
Insert a toothpick through the centre of the cake, it should come out clean.
Leave to cool down, and then indulgde on its own or with another favourite treat such as custard, ice-cream or a nice cup of tea.