Saturday 6 October 2012

Our Children In Need Baking Challenge #1 : Pudsey-fly Cakes

For the past few days, I've been trying to come up with a Pudsey-themed sweet treat to send over to Baking Mad for their Children in Need challenge. Just like last year, when we knocked up a very cute Pudsey Banana Cake,  they're supporting the charity and offered to make a £10 donation on my behalf if I sent them through a recipe. Well, how could I turn down an offer like that ? Today, we spent a fun afternoon in the kitchen and came up with not one but two Pudsey-themed recipes.

First of all, we made a twist on classic Butterfly Cakes to make Pudsey-fly Cakes ! Very cute, even if I say so myself !

Here's the recipe (basically a very simple recipe for fairy cakes - it's all in the decorating !)

Ingredients :

125g softened butter or margarine
125g caster sugar
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1 tsp vanilla extract
125g self-raising flour
2 tbsp milk

I'm sure you all know how to make fairy cakes but just in case, cream together the butter and sugar, mix in the beaten eggs, then the flour, vanilla extract and milk. Whisk until well mixed and lump free, pour into bun tins (we used silicon muffin tins) and bake in the oven at 190°C for 10-12 minutes until golden brown.

Remove from the tin and allow to cool.

As you would for making Butterfly Cakes, cut the top rounded part off and cut in half to make two ears.

Roll out some ready-to-roll white icing and cut out bandage shapes. Use icing tubes (we used Dr Oetker glitter icing but anything would do - even home-made icing from mixing lemon juice into icing sugar) to stick the ears in place then the bandage.

Even 3-year-old Pierre had a go and managed quite succesfully, with a little help !

Use the glitter icing tubes to decorate the bandages with multi-coloured spots. (We also used a mixture of Silver Spoon blue sugar balls and tiny pieces of ready-to-roll icing coloured with food colouring.)

Juliette had great fun positioning all the tiny coloured balls on the bandages !

Pierre just had fun squirting glitter icing everywhere !

The finished article - very cute if I do say so myself !

If you're not great at cooking, you could even make these using instant sponge cake mix, which is a great short-cut when cooking with toddlers. That said, they're totally simple to knock up from scratch too.

for more Pudsey-themes recipe ideas :

Disclosure : For participating in the Baking Mad Children in Need bloggers' challenge, I am compensated with a £10 donation in my name to Children in Need. I am also entered into a competition to win a hamper of baking goodies.

Other blogposts you may be interested in :

Antony Worrall Thompson's Pudsey Pud recipe for Children in Need 2010
Silver Spoon Create Cake Decorating products review


  1. can anybody join in this and gain the charity £10 or just invited people?

    1. No idea, I think they're emailing people who did it last year to start with.

  2. Gorgeous cupcakes! And love all the photos: the look of concentration on Pierre's face is priceless.

    1. You should have seen the quantity of glitter icing he added to one cake ! lol

  3. I just love your photos - you are giving your children some lovely, warm memories that will stay with them as adults

    1. Aww that's a lovely thought. I have to admit, I'm replicating the lovely memories I have of my own childhood so it's great to think they'll hopefully keep the tradition going and do the same with their own children (if they have any) :)

  4. looks fairly easy for a non cook like lol,well done

  5. looks fairly easy for a non cook like lol,well done

    1. if my 3 year old can manage it, anyone can ! :)

  6. These look really yummy and your children look like they're having good fun. What a great idea.

  7. these look fab, good luck in the competition

  8. These are great, I agree with caroles your an inspiration with everything you do with your children. Kids have so many toys etc now but I think so many of them miss out on simple things like craft activities and baking etc. Love your blog as I get lots of great ideas!

    1. aww thanks, I think I'm having as much fun as the kids recreating memories of my own childhood ! :)


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