It’s swirly! – JD, 4
As regular readers will know, JD and I love cooking together, and since he is now preparing to start school in September, I’ve been making an effort to give him more and more independence in tasks and resisting the temptation to take over rather than scaffold.
So, we bought some cupcake icing in a can and set to work making some cakes.
Here are the results (more pics at the end of the post) and I think they’re pretty impressive for a four year old (I did the lattice one and heart one).
We found the icing a little softer than we would make ourselves, but I guess that’s so it can get out of the nozzle. JD found it quite hard to press the nozzle as guide the can at the same time as his hands are small, but once he got the hang of it he was away and I think it makes a really nice, simple activity to try without the fuss of icing sugar clouds and filling piping bags.
Here’s the recipe, if you’d like to try them
- 175g unsalted butter, room temperature
- 200g golden granulated sugar
- 200g self raising flour
- 2 medium free range eggs, beaten
- 12 coloured cupcake cases (we got a big pack from Co-op for 59p)
- A 12 hold cupcake tray
- A can of ready icing (we used Dr Oetker Easy Swirl Cupcake Icing – Vanilla)
- Put the butter and sugar in a food processor and pulse until pale and fluffy (JD LOVES being in charge of the pulse button – under supervision, of course)
- Add the beaten egg and pulse until well combined
- Add the flour and pulse until combined
- Line the baking tray with teh cupcake cases, fill evenly with the cake mix
- Bake at 180C for 10-12 minutes
- Cool completely on a wire rack, then decorate with the icing
Let me know if you try it!
Update: Since publishing this article it’s been pointed out that ‘icing in a can’ isn’t terribly healthy as it contains things like ‘Potassium sorbate’ to keep the icing from spoiling. I would recommend if you’re going to try something like this, do so in moderation as you would with any ‘treat’ food – the vast majority of the recipes published on this blog are made from fresh, natural ingredients.