Kids baking ideas for all ages
It’s always a good time when you get the children into the kitchen for some fun, kid-friendly cooking. A simple baking recipe works well with kids, but even slightly more complex recipes have steps where kids of ages can get involved, whether it's stirring or decorating. Baking is a great way to unwind and have fun when you need a good indoor activities for kids. Follow this guide to the best tips for getting kids of all ages involved in cooking!
How to bake with toddlers
- Mixing and stirring with your assistance
- Arranging Easter eggs or sprinkles on cakes and other baked goods
- Sprinkling icing sugar
How to bake with children 4-7 years
- Assembling the baking ingredients and tools
- Choosing the colours and decorations
- Mixing, stirring and pouring, with assistance if required
- Decorating with chocolate eggs, sprinkles and other toppings
- Using cookie cutters
How to bake with kids 8-11 years
- Measuring out ingredients
- Setting the oven temperature
- Cracking eggs into the bowl
- Cutting and chopping butter, candy or other soft ingredients with butter knives or scissors
How to bake with pre-teens and teens 12 & up
This is a good age to start introducing proper cooking techniques, so you can assign more complex tasks.
- Kneading dough
- Greasing or lining baking tins
- Piping icing onto cakes and cupcakes
- Whisking, slicing and dicing
Decorating items – what to look for
After picking the recipes, it’s time to stock up on edible decorations. You can find food colouring, sprinkles, sanding sugar, edible glitter and pre-made cake toppers in the supermarket, which make decorating your treats extra fun.
- Different sizes and colours of Easter eggs – a combination of sizes and styles of chocolate eggs can look impressive on top of a cake
- Speckle eggs – these colourful additions can brighten any Easter recipe
- Chocolate shavings – you can purchase a block of chocolate and grate it
- Colourful ribbon – tie around the base of a cake
- Mini bags or jars – package treats as a gift
- Candies, sprinkles, edible glitter or sanding sugar
- Easter themed cake toppers – for example fondant Easter bunnies
- Pastel cupcake wrappers
Then for the kids’ favourite bit – let them get creative and have free reign in the decorating process! If you’re worried about the mess, a good tip is to clear your working area beforehand and have towels and a dustpan ready to catch any spills. Tie back long hair, and have the kids wear aprons or clothing they can get dirty. You can also pop newspaper or butcher’s paper on the floor to catch any spills.
This Easter Bunny Cake is a little more involved but lots of fun to build and decorate. Let the kids choose their own colours and decorations and get creative.