There’s two ways to read this post’s title. ‘Baking with kids’ – yey, what a fun family day we’ll spend together. Then, there’s ‘baking, with kids’. The comma gives it that little bit of dread. As if ‘the kids’ comes loaded with potential threats.
Now, I love seeing the cute posts about children baking with their family. I have managed to get J to come and do some form of baking on rare occasions. However it never comes out as the Pinterest perfect family event that I see all over social media. So today here is our attempt at mother-son baking…
1. Weigh out the butter, sugar and flour
Baking with kids: this is a fantastic maths opportunity. We can learn about weight and capacity. See how great J is at pouring the ingredients.
Baking, with kids: The child wouldn’t let me press any buttons so fuck knows how much of anything is in the bowl now! Everything in the kitchen now has a powdery whiteness to it.
2. Mix in the eggs
Baking with kids: we held the egg together to crack it gently. We had lovely smiles on our face as we enjoy our time together.
Baking, with kids: it’s ok to add egg shells, right? Oh, and a fire fighter…obviously.
3. Mix together until a firm mix
Baking with kids: We laugh as the mixer does it job and we see the ingredients binding together. What a fun way to learn science!
Baking, with kids: J ran off into the other room to hide as he doesn’t like the sound of the food mixer. I end up mixing the rest with a spoon. On the plus side…great for bingo wings! It takes about half an hour to convince/bribe him back in the kitchen.
4. Spoon mix into baking tin
Baking with kids: we carefully spoon in the mixture as it comes out of the bowl with ease. We playfully ‘bop’ each other on the tip of nose with the mixture left on our hands.
Baking, with kids: how did he suddenly become an octopus? Why is the mixture going everywhere except the cake tin…sod it I’ll do it myself.
5. Place in the oven to bake
Baking with kids: the cake is in the oven and we wash up and dry the pots whilst discussing how delicious our cake will be.
Baking, with kids: Don’t touch the oven, move out the way child! No, that’s a hot oven darling. Argh can I have wine yet? Pots are slung in the sink to forget about till evening when everything will be stuck on the sides like glue.
6. Decorate the cake
Baking with kids: we created our own home made decorations from icing sugar and modeling bits that we have from our baking set.
Baking, with kids: No words needed!
7. Eat and enjoy
Baking with kids: we sit and enjoy a delicious slice of cake together and plan what to do next. We really enjoyed this time together.
Baking, with kids: J remembers he doesn’t like icing or decorations so we have to remove and make sure there’s no sign of it on the plate. Then eats the sponge cake, spreading crumbs all over the house. By you know what, I love you kid!
I guess the moral of my story is…it doesn’t matter if you are a Pinterest mummy/daddy, a slummy mummy/daddy or a somewhere in between mummy/daddy as long as you’re enjoying time together and making memories then who gives a shite about how it’s done (or how clean and perfect your photos are).
PS: this cake was inspired by Pudsey Bear (can’t you tell?) for Children in Need 2017.
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