As you may have guessed, I love to bake, in fact I love anything to do with food (that’s another story) but….when my children ask me to bake with them on my day off, I have to say, the thought of baking and making a mess really doesn’t fill me with joy.

We’ve found a few ideas that don’t involve switching the oven on and waiting for 20 minutes so I thought I’d share!

Don’t get me wrong, I love to see the weird and wonderful creations they make with sprinkles, buttercream, mini marshmallows, edible glitter and fondant, but their attention span is still fairly short so most of the time they’ve lost interest before the buns are even cooked.

Fairy Bread

Its seems to have originated in Australia (home of the incredible Sharon Wee who creates the most beautiful cakes I have ever seen) but Fairy Bread isn’t a cake, in fact I can safely say it doesn’t require any special equipment or skill whatsoever! If I share the, erm, ‘recipe’ you must promise not to laugh.

You’ll need

8-10 slices of bread.

Butter, margarine or chocolate spread

Cookie cutters

Sprinkles, hundreds and thousands, edible glitter etc

Fairy bread

Method

Spread slices of bread with butter or chocolate spread

Cut into shapes (we like hearts and stars)

Sprinkle with hundreds and thousands

Eat!

So, as you can see, it’s child’s play! It’s tradition in Australia to serve Fairy Bread at children’s birthday parties but we like to make them as a little treat any time of the year.

Fairy bread 1 Fairy bread 3 fairy bread 4

 

Marshmallow Lollipops

I’m not sure when we discovered these but they’re quick, simple, a little bit messy and a massive hit of sugar and E numbers (I promise I’ll write about some healthier options soon!)

You’ll need

Lollipop sticks, large marshmallows, chocolate and sprinkles.

Marshmallow pops

Method

Melt the chocolate in the microwave in short blasts or in a bowl over a pan of hot water (I always transfer the chocolate to a plastic bowl or cup so the children can’t burn themselves)

Push your marshmallows on to lollipop sticks then dip, swirl and sprinkle away!

Marshmallow pops 1 Marshmallow pops2

I hope you have lots of fun trying out theses ideas. A big ‘Thank you’ to Amelie and her little friend Lucas for performing so beautifully in front of the camera!

Happy caking, Amber x