While A was at preschool this morning I wanted to do something special with E. He plays so well by himself when A isn’t there, probably because he doesn’t get everything that he picks up instantly taken off him; he appreciates the time he is alone so much that I don’t like to disturb (and when I do I am normally told to go away anyway). So I just get on with chores and other things, but today I felt like I was really neglecting him so I decided that I had to find something for us to do. I realised that, by some small miracle, we had all the ingredients in to make some fairy cakes, and when I asked him if he was interested he jumped at the chance! He was also so excited to get to wear A’s baking outfit (her pink hat and pinny):
We just made standard fairy cakes as follows:
- We started by weighing out the ingredients (110g self-raising flour, 1 tsp baking powder, 110g sugar, 110g soft butter, 2 eggs, and a few drops of vanilla essence).
- Then we sieved the flour and baking powder into a mixing bowl.
- Once sieved, we added all of the other ingredients and beat the resulting mixture until it was light and fluffy.
- Finally, we spooned the mixture into bun cases and baked in the pre-heated oven for 20 minutes at 180°C.
The idea was then to decorate them using the contents of our cupboard, but in the end I decided that it would be more fun to decorate them as bears (seeing as we are spending this week thinking about bear stories). I then found out that it was also National Teddy Bear Day today so there was really no going back after that little piece of information!
We headed to the shop on the way to pick up A from preschool and picked up some chocolate (to melt and use in place of icing), chocolate sprinkles, chocolate drops and chocolate buttons. (We already had a bag of fudge pieces at home).
Once home I melted the chocolate, laid all of our ingredients out on the table, and we set to work. I suggested to A and E that they might like to make bears, but they were having none of it. Oh well, I made bears anyway! Not the most artistic things ever, but nevermind:
And they did make very very nice looking cakes so it didn’t really matter that they weren’t bears; they absolutely loved it.
This is probably the most successful baking activity we have ever done, with both of them completely engaged throughout, though admittedly, it was probably mildly helped by the accessibility of a huge pack of Cadbury’s Buttons for the duration of the activity, but still…
They were very yummy indeed!