Baking Cup Cakes that Kids Love

cupcakesKids love to eat cup-cakes, and there are so many different types to make. You can also get them involved in the cooking process if you like, as many love to do this (just be prepared for some mess around the kitchen of you do!).

So what do kids usually like when making a cup cake? Of course, they love the sweet taste, but it is also a good idea to make them as colourful as possible too, as they love to see this. Imagine something like a Roulette wheel, and if you can replicate something like this on your cup-cakes you will certainly get a very favourable response from your children.

It is also a good idea to use things such as sugar strands and hundreds-and-thousands. They will add color and the playful look that kids love. Just be aware of the increase in sugar volume that you are adding to each cup-cake when you do use these though, as they can certainly add a lot more into one cake when you put these on top.

If you have the ability, it is always a good idea to try and make the cup-cakes in different shapes. Imagine just how much your children would love it if you made cup-cakes in the shape of Mickey Mouse or Bugs Bunny! This is not something that a beginner should attempt, but if you have made cup-cakes a few times and you want to get creative, then there is no end to the things like this that you can do to make something that your kids will love.

Walnut and Lemon Puff Pastry Rolls

Super practical and easy to prepare, puff pastry rolls are my favourite choice when I need to bake a delicious snack for my guests. Especially if I don’t have too much time on my hands! These recipes are also available on your mobile apps too.

The essential ingredient here is a pack of frozen puff pastry dough. (Careful here, you need bricks of dough, not sheets!) You will need to wait until it thaws, but this usually doesn’t take longer than an hour. While you wait for the dough to thaw, you can prepare the filling.

6a00d83451fa5069e20168e81566eb970c-800wiNow, depending on what you have in the kitchen, you can split the dough, prepare several different fillings and bake two or more kinds of rolls in one go. This way your guests will have a choice and the serving plate will be much richer – a life saver if you only have two or three hours to do all the baking!

Now, about those fillings. In my home, the most popular rolls have always been the ones with walnut and lemon filling. For one pack of dough, you need about 5 oz. of sugar, 6 oz. of milled walnuts, freshly squeezed lemon juice (1 lemon), 1 pack of vanilla sugar and several big spoons of water.

Preparation: place all filling ingredients into a bowl and stir them with a spoon. Take the thawed dough and roll it until it gets thin. Roll it in one direction – you want it to be long, but not wide. Spread the filling across the dough and wrap it: you will get a long, thin roll. Cut into thin slices and place the slices on a baking pan. Bake in a pre-heat oven on 340 F for 10 – 15 minutes.

Depending on the ingredients used for the filling, the end result should look like a variant of this. Hope you’ll find it delicious!