Hi Guys I thought I would share some Easter treat ideas seen as it is Easter tomorrow and we have been busy all week making Easter treats. First up Easter Cupcakes:

Recipe for Cupcakes:

Ingredients

  • 100g spreadable butter
  • 100g castor sugar
  • 2 medium eggs
  • 125g self-raising cake flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder

Method

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 180°C (160°C fan assisted, 350°F, gas mark 4). Place paper cases into a bun tray
  2. Put all the ingredients into a mixing bowl and beat well together, whisk until well mixed and smooth.
  3.  Divide the mix between the paper cases, scraping the bowl with a spatula, and bake for 15-20 minutes until the tops are golden. Transfer to a rack to cool completely before icing

 

 

 

Top tip when baking with kids weigh out ingredients into different bowls it makes it much easier the kids can add ingredients  without worrying about mistakes.

Taste testing is crucial!!!

The buns were a bit on the brown side and we had overfilled them but nonetheless the kids didn’t mind and were happy to just decorate them anyway.

Recipe for icing:

50g of icing sugar

50g of butter

Water as needed

Pink and a Orange colouring

add water as needed

Method for the butter icing

  1. Put the butter and icing sugar into a mixing bowl and blend together with a wooden spoon, adding a few drops of water. Whisk until light and fluffy

 

The kids decorated with mini eggs and chocolate bunnies Harlow also used edible glitter a LOT of it!!

Rice Krispie Buns

They are oldies but goodies Rice Krispie buns with mini eggs. Great option for toddlers.

 

Chocolate Bunnies in a jar

I got these chocolate rabbits in Aldi and then just used old clean jam jars, I think they are cute gift from the Easter bunny. Simple but effective.

Orange Drizzle Cake

I’m so proud of this cake. I made it all myself during a baking lesson with my mother. I want to bake more and my mother is a wonderful baker so she gave me a little lesson which I loved the cake was relatively easy to make. It turned out lovely and tasted so summary and fresh. This type of a cake can be either an orange or lemon drizzle but I prefer orange the recipe can be adopted for either.

Recipe for cake:

Ingredients

  • 175g spreadable butter
  • 175g castor sugar
  • 3 medium eggs, lightly beaten
  • grated zest of 1 unwaxed lemon and the juice of 2 (about 3 tablespoons)
  • 175g self-raising flour
  • pinch salt
  • 3 tbsps milk
  • 50g granulated sugar
  • 50g sieved icing sugar
  • A little orange juice

Recipe for drizzle:

One orange

Granulated sugar

Mix four tablespoons of squeezed orange juice and sugar in a saucepan on the heat until bubbling and mixture turns to syrup its important to stir continuously pour over cake when ready and leave to soak in and crystallise.

Recipe for Orange Icing:

100g of butter

200g of icing sugar

couple of tablespoons of orange

add water as needed

Method

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 1780°C (165°C fan assisted, 350°F). Line the bottom and sides of a 900g (21x10x6cm) loaf tin with baking parchment or a liner
  2. Mix the butter and sugar together, beating well until really pale and fluffy
  3. Add the egg slowly, beating well each time
  4. Add the grated orange zest can be left out
  5. gently fold in the flour and salt if desired can be left out
  6. Stir in the milk, then pour the mixture into the prepared loaf tin
  7. Bake for about 35-45 minutes, until springy to the touch and when a knife is inserted in the centre it comes out clean
  8. Remove from the oven but leave in the tin
  9. Put the sugar and orange juice into a small pan and bring it to the boil, stirring all the time as the sugar dissolves
  10. Boil strongly for about half a minute
  11. Make several holes in the cake with a skewer, going right to the bottom of the tin
  12. Pour the hot syrup all over the cake, letting it seep into the holes. Leave to cool.
  13. Carefully lift the cake from the tin, by holding the edges of the paper or silicon
  14. Gently peel away the paper or liner
  15. Add the orange juice little by little to icing sugar, mixing well, until it is of desired consistency. Ice the top of the cake and place down the sides.

 

 

The best part of home baking licking the spatula afterwards!

Betty Crocker Chocolate Cake

 

Betty Crocker strikes again this is my favourite Betty Crocker cake. I just follow all the instructions on the box. This is perfect option for baking with kids because they can do everything with very little help. The kids made the cake and I made the icing.

 

Recipe for chocolate icing:

300g of Icing Sugar

100g of Coco Powder

200g of Butter

Add water as necessary

Method for chocolate icing:

Mix all ingredients inn a bowl adding water for desired consistency

*Betty Crocker pre made chocolate icing can also be used

 

The kids decorated it once it had been iced with mini eggs and chocolate fingers and an Easter egg for a topper.

Variations of the recipes I’ve included above can be found on the internet or Pinterest. This is the website I use here. Happy Easter and happy baking.

Love A

 

Xxx

 

 

Ps: hope everyone has a wonderful Easter

Hi guys seen as its Mothers Day is this coming Sunday I thought I would share some budget friendly gift ideas.

Bake a cake. I used the Betty Croker red velvet mix and vanilla icing for the cake above, its very easy to make use added roses for decoration.

A framed picture this from is from Dealz and cost 1.50

Framed handprints. Frame above is also from Dealz and cost 1.50

Jo Malone smell for a fraction of the cost from Aldi the above hand and body wash, hand and body lotion and the body cream all amazing if you are a fan on the candles you will love these. They cost 16.00 in total.

Cute cup for tea and chats. This one is from Tesco and cost 5.00.

Framed kids artwork. Frame is from Dealz and cost 1.50.

A toiletries basket. All the items are from Dealz cost 9.00 including basket and artificial grass filling which are part of their current easter products.

Last but not least breakfast in bed simple and perfect. This is what my children done for me last year.

Love A

Xxx

PS: I think these ideas would be perfect presents to get the kids involved in for all the lovely nanna’s who saved all their patience for their grandkids!!!

Hi guys seen as its Valentines Day tomorrow and most kids in Ireland are on mid term break this week I decided to share some fun Valentines kids activities that I’ve done with my children the last few weeks, that they really enjoyed.

If you are home with children during school holidays it can be not only difficult to keep the boredom at bay but also pricey. These are just a few fun inexpensive ideas.

Arts & Crafts

I buy most of my arts and crafts bits n bobs in either Dealz or Mr Price, I got these ideas from Pinterest but if you don’t use Pinterest then Google images will also provide load of ideas.

 Valentines Cards

I love you to pieces card

Get three sheets of coloured paper

Cut into little pieces

Draw heart on pink card

Paint on PVA glue

Stick on coloured pieces of paper

Glue on eyes

Finish off card with writing

Butterfly Lollipop Card

Draw butterfly outline. Im not very artistic !

Cut out piece and stick in lollipop

Stick eyes on lollipop and finish with  decoration and writing we just added some yellow hearts.

Baking

I am not the worlds best baker quite the opposite, in fact my kids are far better bakers than I am, I stick to simple easy recipes or get a little helping hand from Betty Croker along the way.

Heart Shaped Buns

I used the Betty Croker red velvet mix

Ingredients inside the box

I get the kids to measure out the things they will add into separate bowls so if they make a mistake its easier to fix, this way they get to do it all themselves.

We just follow the instructions on the box

I put tin foil into the baking tray to try create the heart shape in the bun

while the buns were in the oven the kids made the icing for them

We made butter icing that came in the box and water icing which is just icing sugar, warm water and colouring so easy very much within my skill set !

This is how they turned out perfectly imperfect!

Heart Shaped Biscuits

I got Harlow a Shopkins Baking Set in Dealz recently and this is what we used to create these Valentines Day biscuits.

Recipe

We  followed the recipe pictured above that came in the set

Mixing the butter and sugar first

Then the plain flour

then rolled it out

then into shapes

we made some pink water icing when they were in the oven

before icing

finished product these tasted so nice!

some with sprinkles

All these activities provided loads of fun for the kids, they were very inexpensive and most importantly the kids could do them independently I find personally the simpler the idea for either arts and crafts or baking the more they can use their own skills and creativity with very little assistance from me the more they enjoy it.  There is more of a sense of achievement for them at the end result.

Love A

Xxx

Ps: I have just shared a new arts and crafts board which you can follow here