Loads of people say baking with a toddler is a fun activity. I love baking, but I find it hard to do when I’m looking after Miss Belle. It was alright when she was tiny and she’d sleep for ages in a stretchy wrap, or at least sit in her bouncy chair. But once she got bigger and started crawling around, emptying cupboards and generally getting under my feet, it became harder work. But I’ve managed to bake Holly Bell’s fantastic Bramley Apple Crumble Cake with my daughter, and whats more, we both enjoyed it. So I thought I’d share my tips for baking with a toddler.
Tips for baking with a toddler:
- Take your time and don’t rush. Baking our cake pretty much took all day, so clear your diary.
- Choose an easy recipe. I did an all in one method using just a bowl and wooden spoon, no mixer or faffing about needed.
- Make washing hands and tidying up as you go along fun that they can help with.
- If you have one, put an apron on your child. They feel really involved in the process then.
- Likewise, give them their own special spoon or rolling pin to play with whilst you use your own.
- Give your inquisitive child something from the kitchen that’s new, to play with. Gravy strainer? Empty jar of ground cinnamon? Winners. 15 minutes piece and quiet right there.
Finally, my last piece of advice is to relax a bit. “No, babies can’t lick the bowl, there’s raw egg in there. Here, have a nice rice cake instead…” When World War 3 commences, just let them lick the spoon!
Ta Dah!! Here’s my Bramley Apple Crumble Cake (minus the crumble topping to prevent it going soggy).
If you’re looking for some super child friendly baking check out my Chocolate Easter Egg Nests. Who says they can only be made at Easter?! You can just make giant crispy cakes without the Mini Eggs!
Hope these tips for baking with a toddler were useful.