Pat-a-Cake, Pat-a-Cake, Baker’s Man – Easy Dessert Recipes that Children can Make

Kids love to help around and you should encourage this enthusiasm everywhere – From helping out in the garden to helping out in the kitchen. One great way of involving kids in the kitchen is to teach them basic baking skills and to let them participate and make their own creations. The best part is the product itself! Nearly every child has a sweet tooth and the bonus of cooking is to eat the end product later! It’s like a reward for the hard work and efforts put in. It’s a win-win situation from whichever angle you look at it.

Here are a few simple recipes that your children could follow:

  • Ice Cream Cone Cakes

This is a popular and fun recipe that will keep the kiddies entertained. Using Ice Cream Cones are a great base to work with, and by following this recipe you end up with super cute treats that your kids will absolutely love. You use the basic cake ingredients, but you place a cone over them in the oven. Let it bake for 20 minutes, then remove them and let them stand upright. Make some cream to decorate these cute treats by whisking icing sugar, vanilla essence, honey and vegetable fat and add cream cheese. Pipe this smooth mixture onto your cake and decorate with a glazed cherry.


  • Three Colour Cake

You can use chocolate powder, raspberries and spinach for coloring to make a very unique cake. You don’t actually have to eat the spinach – it is blended with rapeseed oil and then sieved into a bowl. Raspberries and sugar are sieved into another bowl, and cocoa powder and milk is used for the third color. Follow basic cake instructions with these three and then pour the colors in layers into the baking tin and leave for 25 minutes in the oven.

  • Baked Stuffed Apples

Core the apples and let the kids get their hands dirty by mixing butter, brown sugar, ground almonds and raisins in one bowl. Fill the apple with the mixture and top up with blackberries. Let these apples bake in the oven for 20 minutes to half an hour and voila! There are yummy stuffed apples ready to eat!

[1009] Lunch in a Basket
[1009] Lunch in a Basket
  • Sticky Banana toffee Pancakes

All you need for this popular recipe is caster sugar, flour and eggs which the kids can help in whisking until it is smooth. After heating oil in a pan, pour a little batter onto the pan and flip the pancake after a minute. If you are brave enough, you can let the kids try to flip the pancake over. The kids can spread cream cheese over the center and place a few slices of banana. The kiddies can try to make the perfect triangles of their pancakes while you drizzle the toffee sauce all over which is made with melted sugar, cream, butter and vanilla essence.

  • Coconut Cookie Crumble

It doesn’t take that long to make and this is a family favorite for many. The ingredients you need are flour, sugar, coconut and oats which should be well mixed. Encourage your kids to get their hands dirty but make sure that their hands are washed before they dive into the mix. All you need is melted butter, golden syrup and a bit of baking soda dissolved in boiling water. Mix everything together until it forms dough and roll into balls. Your kids can have a field day in making their own shapes or irregular balls which can be flattened into cookies. Bake it in the oven and you’ll have a ready batch of hot cookies straight from the oven which would’ve mostly been made by the kids!

A friend of mine gave me a few tips on how to manage my kids and cooking. You see in the long run, what you remember are the memories you make. You won’t remember the tiredness, or the sleepless hours, but you’ll remember tiny hands and young helpers that make your life easier in the kitchen.

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