I love the Kids' Baking section of the Baking Mad website and frequently have a quick look through for inspiration for things to make with the Madhouse Mini-testers on a rainy afternoon. They always have lots of recipes using just store cupboard basics, as well as simplified version of classic kid-friendly treats. Having won two rather fab baking hampers just before Christmas, I have a rather well stocked baking cupboard at the moment so I had a look to see what we could make.
The Madhouse Mini-testers are particularly excited by the large selection of cake decorations that we received - we have chocolate letters, silver balls, flavoured chocolate drops, flavoured icing sugar, ready-to-roll icing ... The possibilities are endless !
I decided to use a basic recipe for Vanilla Cupcakes (why does nobody call them Fairy Cakes any more ?!). You can see the original recipe, named Birthday Cupcakes, on the Baking Mad website.
150g Butter at room temperature
150g Golden Caster Sugar
3 Free Range Eggs, beaten
150g Self Raising White Flour
1/2 tsp Baking Powder
grated zest 1 lemon (or orange )
I'll be able to put my feet up in front of the telly and let them make the cakes all by themselves soon - they have even got to grips with the weighing of the ingredients now !
Pierre always loves being chief mixer !
Ready to go in the oven.
Twelve minutes later, they're nicely browned, albeit slightly misshapen. Ah well, you can't aim for perfection when the kids are involved !
While the cakes were cooling, all three Madhouse Mini-testers got hands on with the "edible play-doh" which is what they call the ready-to-roll icing.
And after ! The icing sticks really well with a little strawberry jam.
The kids thought they looked fab and proudly showed them to Madhouse Daddy Mike as soon as he got home from work !
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