Holidays are around the corner, and we can’t wait for long summer days. It’s an opportunity to spend some quality time with the family and to reconnect with your kids. A great way to do that is to get them involved in baking; it gives you time to chat and leaves you all something yummy to eat at the end. It’s a win-win! Here are four baking ideas you can try with your kids, courtesy of Toughees.
What is it? Super trendy cake pops are basically little balls of cake mixed with buttercream and dipped into white chocolate. It’s super easy to make, just bake a vanilla cake and prepare the buttercream, “smoosh” the two together to form a paste-like mixture. Make little balls out of the mix and place onto sosatie sticks. Dip into melted white chocolate.
We love it because: These melt-in-your-mouth pops of heaven only take about an hour to make, and kids are always delighted when they help with the “dipping” part.
TOP TIP: If you’re not big on the traditional vanilla, why not make a chocolate version instead? There are loads of recipes to try online.
What is it? It’s a mountain-shaped cake that erupts like a volcano. You can make it in any flavour you like. It’s cake science. You construct a mountain out of cake and insert an empty bottle into the centre of the structure. Once you’ve covered the bottle in cake and iced it, grab some Diet Coke and Mentos and carefully decant the liquid into the bottle. Add Mentos and enjoy the explosion.
We love it because: It explodes and erupts. It looks like a mountain. It will be a spectacle. You have to try this. It is a bit more complicated than your average cake, but it will be worth it when you see the awe on their faces.
TOP TIP: Make sure you light the sparklers away from curtains and other flammable objects. If you’re worried about a mess, stage the eruption outside where things are a bit easier to clean.
Unicorn Poo Meringues:
What is it? It sounds gross (but kids love that, don’t they?) but it’s really just a colourful baked meringue swirled into little peaks.
We love it because: These magical horned beasts are all the rage at the moment. Why not climb on the bandwagon with these tongue-in-cheek unicorn poo meringues? They’re hilarious and delicious. You can’t go wrong.
TOP TIP: You’ll know the meringue is ready when it starts to form stiff peaks. You should be able to tip the bowl over your head without the contents spilling out (try this at your own peril).
Cookie Dough Pizza:
What is it? Just like the name says, it’s a pizza made from a sweet cookie base and topped with your best sweets and treats.
We love it because: Everyone loves pizza! Especially the sweet and crispy kind we’re talking about. How can you lose?
TOP TIP: Let your imagination run wild – you can add fresh fruit, marshmallows, malted chocolate balls and any other goodies you like. Ask the kids to vote for their favourite.
And there you have it, four incredible baking ideas to try out with your family these holidays. Just go online and find the recipe that you like best. Happy baking!