Baking fun, letting the kids get creative with icing & sprinkles….
It’s half term, and the weather has been awful, frankly, so we have spent more time indoors that normal. This afternoon, we decided to get creative and do some baking. I had a gluten free, cows milk free cupcake recipe I wanted to try out, so it seemed an ideal opportunity, to let the kids have fun baking, and taste test it.
I love baking with the kids. I have had to learn to let go of my inner control freak, when baking, because I am perfectionist, and like things done my way, and “just so” but of course, with kids, you cannot be that way, and baking is no fun, for them, if you are stressing about mess, or have an inherent dislike of sprinkles (ahem, I do, but I am getting over it, as you will see from the pictures!)
They were so excited, when I said “lets bake some cupcakes” that they went and got all the equipment, decorating things and ingredients out for me. I pretty much let them loose, except for supervising the measuring, and helping to put the cakes in the oven and take them out.
We were pretty pleased with the results, I was quite impressed too. It’s not a bad recipe, I don’t think you can tell it is gluten free.
We did cheat and use a bought icing for the cake, but you can make a basic butter icing using Pure spread, instead of butter, and it works out fine too.
This recipe is in cups, because it is an American based recipe.
1 & 1/4 cups of self raising, gluten free flour (we use Dove’s Farm)
3/4 of a cup of caster sugar
125 g of butter or dairy free spread at room temperature
1/4 cup of milk (we used goats milk, you can’t taste it, you could use soya milk as well)
a tsp of vanilla extract
12 cupcake cases in a cupcake tin, oven at 180 degrees
- beat the butter, sugar and vanilla essence together until creamy and light
- add the eggs, and beat again, until the mix is fluffy (the children provided the elbow grease here)
- Add the flour and beat again, until it is all mixed in and smooth
- Spoon into the cupcake cases and bake for 15-20 minutes until golden and a cake skewer comes out clean when you insert it
- Go wild with your cake decorations then eat and enjoy