I have been taunted by both Regan and Libby since the holidays began (actually since before they started) about having a Baking Day in the six weeks holiday.
I kept my plans for the day under wraps as, like most kids I am sure, the moment you mention what you are up too, the when, what for and whys start. That in turn stresses us out and then the whole thing becomes a chore not a pleasure, anyway…..
Whilst ripping out cupboards yesterday (trying to find my missing Birth Certificate) I came across a large amount of my recipes. It seemed therefore, that today was a good day to bake.
Shopping list written we headed off to Tesco.
The kids were over the moon when we stopped in the baking aisle. Inevitably, when I had added to the basket the content of my list the girls attention was drawn to the Cupcake Mix Sets. Personally, I love these little sets. They allow the girls to help without making too much mess, they enjoy it and it keeps them amused for a few hours (whilst making and playing cafes with the end product).
Once home, I set about clearing the mess that the lads had left behind them on the morning (seems they can find the clean plates but have no idea have to restack them in the dish washer once dirty).
First up on the baking list was Penny with her “Finding Dory” Cupcake Kit. The two kits I bought today are made by Fiddes Payne.
Penny had such concentration on her face while sorting the cupcake cases out in to the tray. Libby was keen to take over but the stubborn Little Madam wouldn’t let her anywhere near, completing the task herself, looking very proud about it too.
Mixture in bowl, egg cracked and butter in the bowl, we got the electric mixer out and she ran a mile. (She has an issue with loud noises, she doesn’t like the hoover, mixer, hand dryers…..if its loud she shys away).
Cake mixed, they went in to the oven.
In the meantime we did the dishes and set about the Shopkins set that Libby had picked. I have to say I was really impressed with the contents of the kit for the price. We had the cake mix, pink icing mix, sprinkles, and lolly pop sticks with stickers to pop on them. Lots to keep her busy.
We mixed her cake mix, Libby cracking the egg (no shell thank goodness) and mixing herself.
Once Penny’s cakes had come out Libbys went straight in.
In the meantime we made Penny’s Icing causing a flurry in the kitchen with Icing Sugar covering everything. Libby insisted in applying the icing and Penny applied the characters.
Libby’s cakes quickly followed and the pink icing got applied while I helped with the lolly sticks and stickers.
Girls cakes done I set about making the list of cakes that I had made this morning. My mission was to make a Banana Cake as the lads decided they fancied some bananas and they have sat there uneaten for a week. Determined not to bin them a cake seemed like a sensible option. The other recipes just fell on too my list, well that is my story and I am sticking to it.
Sensibly, I had some forward thinking. I knew once I started baking getting Penny to bed would be a nightmare so getting her cakes made meant that while I made this one she could have her tea, watch some Cbeebies and chill out before bed and when I took her to bed the other two could decorate it.
(I have been told I have to point out the Red plate is Libby’s and the Green plate is Regan’s)
Such a simple, moist and yummy cake to make and Regan and Libby had great fun decorating it with Smarties, Frozen Sprinkles and Hundreds and Thousands. It kept them busy for a good 45 mins before keeping them quiet for 15 mins while they ate some.
To say I am gutted about this cake is an understatement. Mum always used to make one and made it look simple and to be fair it was.
I got it in the oven and it looked, smelt, and felt perfect. Took it out of the oven and it was perfectly cooked. I let it rest as instructed and loosened the edges, turned it out on to the tray and gave it a tweek and a tap……it ripped in half. It does however taste great and next time I will invest in some of the loaf parchment inserts for the tin.
As you can see, the disaster didn’t stop the lads from tucking in to it…
No baking day is complete without me forgetting to get an ingredient. 400g of Plain Chocolate, turned in to 400g of Milk Chocolate as my corner shop didn’t have the plain.
Still, it worked well. The recipe I used was from one the BBC Good Food magazine supplements and for the life of me I can not find it online but the one I have linked to is very similar.
With chocolate and butter melting, egg and sugar frothing, Ovaltine mixing, and lots of folding, the cake was put in the oven and the timer was set.
After the Banana Cake disaster I wasn’t holding out for a miracle but OMG what a delicious cake. Firmer than a brownie but still full of chocolate goodness like a brownie. Mmmmmmm…..
Then last but not least I may have sneaked a Brownie Mix in the basket too….
Overall I think the Baking Afternoon was a success….very messy but thank goodness for the dishwasher it takes so much stress out of MissionCleanUp at the end. A sweeping brush round the floor and all tidy…….