As weekend activities go, decorating biscuits is always fun, especially if you can use some food colourings to make different colours and add on sweets too. Though you might like to be a little more artistic with your designs, kids are far more likely to just get right in there and do their own thing – and what they come up with can be really sweet in lots of ways!
All children love getting messy and that is exactly what baking is all about. Getting to know how the ingredients go together and then getting stuck into mix up a biscuit dough or decorate a cake. You don’t need to be a baking genius to have fun in the kitchen together!
Decorating Gingerbread Biscuits
Gingerbread is really good for decorating because it is a sturdier biscuit and is less likely to crumble than a shortbread. Plus, with a lot of ginger on offer, it can take a surprising amount of icing sugar before it is simply inedible for adults. If you are a fan of the Great British Bake Off, you will be pleased to hear that you can find GBBO recipes, including gingerbread online.
While decorating simple shapes is really satisfying, if you are feeling up to the challenge and have a fair bit of patience, you could also try building a gingerbread house. Though this is usually a Christmas activity, there’s no reason you can’t do it at any time of the year and just call it a gingerbread beach hut.
No Bake Tray Cake
If the oven isn’t your friend, a refrigerator cake is equally fun to make and can get happily messy too! The basic recipes all usually involve melting butter and chocolate together and then stirring in broken biscuits, marshmallows, dried fruit or anything else that’s loitering in the back of the cupboard.
These vegan snickers bars are also a real treat to make and will bring a smile to everyone’s faces, no matter what age. They are simple to make and don’t require any cooking time either. Despite containing no refined sugars or dairy, they are incredibly rich and satisfying to eat!
For something a little more advanced (read: requires an oven), butterfly cakes are ideal. The batter is very easy to make – just throw in all the ingredients and then use an electric whisk to beat it into a thick mixture. Then, it’s just a case of spooning the batter into the bun cases and baking for 15-20 minutes.
Once they are out, they will need to cool before you decorate, but you could always do some drawing to plan out what you are going to do in the meantime. For the classic butterfly, use a teaspoon to cut a slice out of the top of the cake and spoon in some buttercream. Then, just cut the slice in half and arrange to make it look like wings. A small shower of icing sugar and that is one gorgeous cake ready to be eaten in one!