Top 10 baking with children recipes

We all have fond childhood memories of whisking up a cake as youngsters, licking the spoon, and of course tucking into the delicious final result.

Baking with kids is a fantastic activity. Not only can it keep them entertained for hours, it doesn’t cost the earth, you can do it whatever the weather, and teach them a thing or two about maths, science and where their food comes from.

But, if you’ve ever tried to bake with kids you’ll be well aware that it can be a messy business. And whilst that is all part of the fun – we’ve tracked down the best child-friendly baking recipes to help make your lives a little easier.

From simple classics, beautiful biscuits and adventurous sponges, there’s something for everyone.

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Chocolate crispy cakes

An absolute classic, fuss-free recipe which is perfect for tiny hands. Chocolate crispy cakes are also a great way to use up leftover cereal from cornflakes to rice crispies.

Little ones will be sure to be interested as the chocolate melts from a solid block to a bowl of velvety goodness. You can use almost any cereal and chocolate colour and throw in a few cupboard staples such as syrup or raisins for extra tastiness.

This recipe from BBC Good Food is a great one to get you started.

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Butterfly cakes

You can’t go wrong with a sponge bun and butterfly cakes as a brilliant introduction to baking. This simple recipe from Dr. Oetker makes 16 buns and requires only a handful of ingredients.

Children can help with measuring and mixing whist the butterfly toppings will help them hone their cutting and decoration skills.

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Flapjacks

Perfect for a chilly afternoon with a warm drink, flapjacks can’t help but make you feel homely. There are so many wonderful variations – you can really let yours and your childrens’ imaginations run wild.

Porridge oats, golden syrup and butter are essentials and you can make them soft and chewy or crispy according to taste. We like this idea from River Cottage which adds a little desiccated coconut for extra flavour. There’s also a few variations if you’re feeling a little more adventurous!

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Cookies

A warm cookie and a glass of milk won’t fail to disappoint kids both big and small. There are so many cookie recipes to choose from, so we’ve gone with this chocolate chip classic from cooking queen Nigella Lawson.

Nigella says she wants a bit of tender, fudgy chewiness but an edge of crisp bite, too – and we can’t argue with that!

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Gingerbread

Gingerbread men are the perfect bake for allowing your children to get creative with icing and other decorations that are in your baking cupboard!

A simple mix with hints of ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg and golden syrup and you’re onto a winner. We love this Jamie Oliver recipe which makes 14 little gingerbread people.

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Victoria sponge

Sponge, jam and cream – it really doesn’t get much better than that, and it’s an easy one to start your child’s baking days off. Simple ingredients, easy mixing and an incredible end result this recipe from Good to Know is ideal!

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Chocolate cake

What child doesn’t love chocolate cake? This easy chocolate cake recipe from Kid Spot will be a crowd pleaser and with only ten minutes needed for prep it’s the perfect choice.

Allowing your little ones to decorate the cake will add some extra fun and who cares what it looks like when it taste so good!

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Pancakes

Pancakes aren’t just for Pancake Day, they make a great breakfast alternative for children. They are extra tasty when topped with fruit and are super easy to make.

This basic recipe from Delia makes 14-16, so there’s enough for the whole family!

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Crumble

Winter evenings with the fire on and a crumble in the oven – bliss!

Picking fresh seasonal fruit with the kids is a great way to show them where fruit comes from and how you can create something with fresh ingredients. A simple crumble can be whisked up quickly and there’s only four ingredients needed, flour, margarine, sugar and fruit. Allrecipes have a great recipe that is worth a try this winter.

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Coppenrath cakes

If you’ve not got time to bake and you want something to do with the kids then our cakes make great bases for children’s imaginations. Get a handful of decorations – buttons, hundreds and thousands, icing and sweets work best and get them to decorate a Coppenrath & Wiese cake. Perfect if you’re not the best baker or if time isn’t on your side.

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Enjoy and happy baking!

 

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