I love baking and don’t do enough of it as my daughter tends to do the most of it and she is really good.
I started to teach my children to bake and cook from a very young age, when they were still toddlers, as it was a way of entertaining them and spending quality time with them.
They both enjoyed it and they are both in their teens now and as I said my daughter still bakes but my son isn’t to bothered with the baking side but enjoys cooking in general.
It’s a great life skill, it doesn’t have to be expensive, it’s fun and I am surprised by the amount of young adults that can not cook.
So this morning I got baking shortly after my daughter left to go to school ( last day of term for her ) and by 9 am my house way smelling gorgeous, the cakes were cooling and we have tasty treats for after school.
DOUBLE CHOCOLATE CUP CAKES – a made up recipe but one that works !
sugar ( I used granulated as I was out of caster sugar )
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
self raising flour
2 tablespoons cocoa powder
100g white chocolate chopped up ( I love Lidl chocolate )
Pre heat your oven to 180 oc / gas mark 4
Weigh your eggs this will give you the weight for your butter, sugar and flour.
Cream your butter and sugar together until soft and fluffy.
Add your eggs one at a time and beat well in between each egg adding a little sifted flour if the mixture begins to curdle.
Add your vanilla extract and then sift in your flour and cocoa powder and mix gently together. If the mixture looks a little dry add a splash of milk and mix,
Add your chopped white chocolate and mix.
Put your cupcake cases in a muffin tin and divide out your mixture, as a guide 1 tablespoon per case as you want to allow for rising.
Put in a pre heated oven and bake for 15 minutes then take out and check to see if cooked, you still want them to be a little soft in the middle. You may need to pop them back in for another 3 – 4 minutes or so.
Remove from tin and place on a cooling rack until cool.
Optional – when cool dust with icing sugar.
What do you like to bake ? Did you or do you, bake with your children ?