Posts Tagged ‘baking’


October 9, 2012

Daycare are having a cake stall this week, along with an open day.  I was wondering aloud what at make, when Pearl offered to make a chocolate cake.  “Me too!” said Fainjin, and “Me too!” chimed in Babess.

“OK then, off you go,” I said, and watched them do it.  Pearl assembled all the ingredients, occasionally asking me for help when she couldn’t reach something or wasn’t sure.  Fainjin and Babess squabbled a bit over the best position to watch from, but soon enough things were peaceful and productive.

Pearl measured and sifted the dry ingredients, and added the wet.  She encouraged the younger ones to help her count the measures and stir the batter.  I lined the cake tin for her and helped scrape the batter into it.

I was pretty impressed.

They all scampered off to play with the Lego.  I put the cake in the oven, set the timer, and called them back to tidy up the kitchen!

I’ve added 3 batches of fudge (it always sells well) and one of Moro Bar Crisp to the our contribution.  Let’s hope the hungry hordes descend with open wallets.

© UpsideBackwards 2012.

Making a baker

April 30, 2012

Pearl made her first chocolate cake last week.  She has helped me bake before, but not made one “herself”.  She wanted to take a cake to share with her class.

She did very well, with minimal help from me.  It does help that our standard go-to chocolate cake recipe is exceptionally easy and almost no-fail.  Her classmates really liked it, and her teacher was very impressed.

Keen to capitalise on this, I suggested she make another one this evening for her Dad’s birthday tomorrow.  Fainjin and Babess pulled a chair over to the bench to watch, just as they do when I’m baking.  Once again, she did a great job.

Next I’ll have to teach her how to make buttercream icing.

© UpsideBackwards 2012.

Baker boy

August 28, 2011

Fainjin has always been very interested in cooking, which is a bit weird since he’s so uninterested in eating anything except pasta and cheese or breakfast cereal.

I was doing quite a bit of baking today, as I had buttermilk to use up.  I’d bought it to make this cake for a friend’s birthday:

Raspberry & Lemon Bundt Cake

and it was a stunning success.  So I made another batch of cake batter today, and baked it into a raspberry-lemon loaf and twelve muffins – 6 without raspberries so Pearl can take them in her school lunches (she’s not keen on raspberries).  I also made buttermilk scones, which the kids enthusiastically demolished for morning tea, and buttermilk pancakes for lunch – those were beautifully fluffy American-style pancakes, I’d be keen to make them again for a nice brunch.

Fainjin was at my side almost the whole time, counting the cups of flour, supervising the other ingredients (I’m training him to fetch things from the pantry, and discovering that it’s quite handy to have the baking stuff down low!), and helping with the stirring.  The girls came and went, keen at the start and when the scones were warm but losing interest soon after.  That was quite good, in fact, because there’s just not enough room to bake when all three of them insist on looking over your shoulder.  They drag chairs over to the bench to stand on, and literally close me in.

Come to think of it, Fainjin had picked the lemons for the cake, too.  He’s a very useful kitchen helper!

© UpsideBackwards 2011.

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