Christmas Baking for kids

19 Dec
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well its that time of year again …. my favourite …. not really something we celebrated much when i was growing up so i tend to go over the top for my kids and make sure i capture the magic and make lovely memories for my boys to treasure forever … we put our tree up early every year as a family and ste gets the job of putting the angel on top (he’s not allowed to touch the rest of it), i plan christmas craft days, adore christmas shopping and taking the kids to christmas attractions, we have breakfast with santa at our local garden centre, my house smells of winter spice and proper winter foods, we make a big deal out of christmas eve and leaving santa and rudolph their snacks, watching christmas films, christmas stories, i get more excited than the kids and cannot sleep at all on christmas eve …. i still think santa is coming … i sit with the kids and watch the stars and when an aeroplane goes by i get the kids hypo and super excited that its santa …. it means alot to me to spend christmas in my house with my family …. so far this has happened once since we have had the children …. but thankfully we will be at home this year so as you can imagine my house is going to be super festive … Just wondering where to put my tree though, our new furniture is far too big, ste said to put it in the dining room, i really cannot come to terms with that,i would rather get rid of the sofa than have to do that the tree should be the min focal point in your living room.
anyways, i am clearly getting excited about christmas, i should be talking about christmas baking with my boys but really wanted to share my christmas with you ….
so this year my boys want to help make the christmas cake, as no one in our house eats fruit cake we are opting for;

Choc Fudge Cake;
Cake:-
175g Self raising flour
2 Tbsp Cocoa Powder
1 Tsp Bicarbonate soda
150g Caster sugar
2 Eggs Beaten
150 ml (1/4 pint)
Sunflower oil
150 ml (1/4 pint)
Semi skimmed milk

2 Tbsp Golden syrup
1tsp pure vanilla extract
1 tbsp very strong coffee (or a shot of espresso) – OPTIONAL

Frosting:

200g unsalted butter @ room temperature
200g icing sugar
1tsp pure vanilla extract
200g melted chocolate (I use 100g each of 60% and 70% cocoa solids)
METHOD Serves: 8
Pre-heat oven to 180ºC/350F/Gas Mark 4. Grease and line two 18cm (7 inch) sandwich tins.
Sieve the flour, cocoa and Bicarbonate of Soda into a bowl. Add the sugar and mix well.
Make a well in the centre and add the syrup, eggs, oil, milk, vanilla and coffee (if using). Beat well with electric whisk until smooth.
Spoon the mixture into the two tins and bake for 25 – 30 minutes until risen and firm to the touch (check after 20). Remove from oven, leave to cool intin for 10 minutes before turning out onto a cooling rack and allowing to cool completely before filling and icing.
To make your butter icing, place the butter in a bowl and beat until soft. Gradually sift and beat in the icing sugar. Then then add vanilla and finally melted chocolate.
Sandwich the two cakes together with the butter icing and cover the sides and the top of the cake with more butter icing

i use Nigella’s recipe …. it is quite possibly the best chocolate fudge cake you will ever taste and is easy for the kids to help make too …
Lemon Cake;
INGREDIENTS
1 cup/250ml self-raising flour
1 teaspoon/10ml baking powder
1 teaspoon vanilla essence
1/2 cup/125ml melted butter
1/4 cup/180ml caster sugar
Juice and rind of 2 large lemons
2 large eggs
pinch of salt
for the glaze: 1/2 cup/125ml sugar
juice of 1 large lemon
50ml of butter
METHOD Serves: 4-6 People
Pre-heat the oven to about 180C/gas mark 4
Line a small cake tin with baking paper and butter
Sift all the dry ingredients together
In a separate bowl mix butter and sugar then add eggs one at a time beating in between each egg, lastly add the lemon rind and lemon juice together with the vanilla essence
Now finally add little bits of flour to the wet mixture and beat each time
Now place in cake tin and bake for about 45 minutes depending on your oven
About 10 minutes before the cake comes out of the oven melt the sugar, butter and lemon juice together and pour over the hot cake
vanilla sponge;
Ingredients
175g Butter
175g Caster Sugar
3 Eggs, lightly beaten
175g Self-Raising Flour
Buttercream: use double the amount of icing sugar to butter, cream butter and icing sugar together with a splash of vanilla extract.
Serves 8
Total time required   45 mins
Preparation time: 20 mins
Cooking time: 25 mins

Instructions
Preheat the oven to 190°C (375°F/Gas 5). Lightly grease and line the bottom of the tins with greaseproof paper.
Beat the butter and sugar together until pale and fluffy. It is important to beat the mixture well at this stage to incorporate as much air as possible, which helps prevent the eggs from curdling.
Add the eggs a little at a time, beating well after each addition. If the mixture begins to curdle, beat in 1–2 tbsp of the flour. Sift the flour, and fold into the egg mixture using a large metal spoon or a spatula.
Divide the mixture equally between the prepared tins, and spread evenly to level the tops. Bake for 20–25 minutes, until pale golden and springy to the touch. Allow the cakes to cool in the tins for 5 minutes, before turning out on to a wire rack. Peel off the lining paper, and allow to cool completely.
Spread the jam on the base layer and buttercream on the top layer and sandwich together, then cover the whole of the cake in buttercream.
Each flavour will make up a carriage on our christmas train (i am copying the train idea off @mrsruralsgt) ….
i’ve told the kids they can cut the shapes of the carriages for the train so im not entirely sure what it will look like, once they have cut the cakes into carriage shapes i will cover with rolled icing/coverpaste which i will colour using sugarflair colour paste.
Jack has asked to make a santa from sugarpaste, oli wants to do an elf and harry … well ….. he will probably just eat whatever sugarpaste i give him …
im hoping the train will look something like this: but with my boys santa, elf and blob characters on it …..

So when we have completed our christmas train cake i will post a picture for you all to see ….
lots of fun to be had with Ste (my wonderful husband) and my beautiful boys Jack, Oliver & Harry this christmas …. they are my world xxxxxxxxxx

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One Response to “Christmas Baking for kids”

  1. Medicpingu999 (@MedicJp1) February 7, 2012 at 12:16 am #

    I made the fudge cake last night, it made the neighbour and friend happy. looking forward to eating the lemon cake as its cooking in the oven right now . (will post pictures later)

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