Getting kids involved in the kitchen and baking with their Dad represents an excellent way to encourage bonding. Even though there may be quite a bit of a mess at the end of a baking session, it can still be a worthwhile experiment. The key with baking cakes with kids is to make things as fun as possible, while ensuring that there’s always proper supervision. Having a clear idea of basic supplies needed for great cakes, and how to make up an easy recipe, will help to make baking cakes with Dad a memorable experience for the right reasons.
Getting the Basic Supplies
Before you do anything, it’s important to collect together some supplies that be re-used when baking different cakes. Alternatively, you can first experiment with store bought cakes and recipes that come together as one pack. Having a good supply of ingredients to hand will help make it easier to try out new things, though. In terms of what you need to pick up, baking molds, cupcake wraps, cake tins, a turntable for rotating, rolling pins, and lots of mixing bowls are key. Similarly, it’s important to have cookie cutters, edible glitter, fondant for layering, icing and pastry bags, curling ribbons, and greaseproof paper. When I need to stock up, I tend to try and get everything from the same website to save searching around. More recently I’ve been using cakearts.com.
Making Up Easy Cakes
In terms of starting to bake some easy cakes together, Dads and their kids can try the following chocolate cake recipe. First, prepare 8 oz of plain flour, 12 and a half oz of caster sugar, 3 oz of cocoa powder, 1 and a half teaspoons of baking powder, and 1 and a half teaspoons of bicarbonate of soda. Then, set up 2 free range eggs, 250ml of milk, 125ml of vegetable oil, 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract, and 250 ml of boiling water. For the icing, get 200g of plain chocolate, and 200ml of double cream.
Preheat an oven to 350 fahrenheit, and prepare two 8 inch sandwich tins lined with greaseproof paper. Place all ingredients apart from the boiling water, and whisk into a battery. This is likely to be the messiest bit – Dads should try to make sure that most of the ingredients don’t end up on the floor, as well as in the bowl. Once the batter is ready, slowly add in the boiling water until you have a smooth consistency. Separate the batter between the two tins, and bake in the oven for 25-35 minutes.
A cake is ready when you can put a knife into the middle, and remove it cleanly without any chocolate on it. Leave the cake to cool in tins, and then heat up the chocolate and cream on a low temperature. Once melted, spread over the top of cakes. From this point, you can add on different icing combinations, sweets, gummy drops, or whatever else kids think need to go on. For an extra special cake, and with Dad’s help, mini sparklers and ice fountains can be included on top of a cake – these are safe, cold burning decorations that will put some extra sparkle onto your cake.
There are a few things to remember during the baking process. It’s fine to make a mess, as long as kids help out to clean up afterwards. Dads should handle any sharp knives or hot objects, and should make sure that kids don’t try any raw ingredients. Uncooked eggs are a particular danger here, as is uncooked batter. Most of all, baking cakes with Dad should be a fun and easy way to get used to being in the kitchen together.
Rob James is a father of four girls who love to bake. He recommends Dynamic Fireworks for cheap fireworks for sale. Rob can be found blogging about many different aspects of family life from dealing with fights, baking cakes, to successes and Joys.