The Wonder of Baking with Small Children

baking with small children

Baking with small childrenBaking with small children doesn’t have to be super stressful! On Bank Holiday Monday the girls (who are 3 and 5) and I did a spot of baking, and sold the goodies around the local neighbourhood to raise money for Action Aid’s Nepal Earthquake Appeal. Essentially it was a lesson for them in life not being perfect, and doing things for other people. It was a lovely day, full of smiles, but we also had a fair few wobbles. As the cupcakes were made the traditional way, and loaded with ingredients we don’t eat, they couldn’t even lick the bowl. Bless them, it’s no wonder really and they did marvellous overall.

I probably added a whole new level of stress to the day by having a last minute brain wave that we should film my fourth YouTube video. As if the already packed agenda of cupcake and flapjack making wasn’t enough. You’d be forgiven for thinking that I was absolutely crazy to even consider this, but when life is as busy as mine is I have to just go for it in the few minutes I have spare. Once the moment passes it might be a while before I’m presented with another one.

The video itself isn’t my finest work by any stretch of the imagination. Most of the bloggers I know would not bother uploading it to their YouTube channel, but I feel it’s vital that I do so. Because this is a true depiction of my life, and that’s the beauty of it. It is not picture perfect, yet it’s there in all it’s glory on YouTube anyway. This is what baking is honestly like in my house. Messy. Loud. Fun.

My kids are behaving very much as they would do if the camera wasn’t rolling. P has an itchy knee she needs to scratch, C is having a meltdown right at the end which is why she’s not in the last shot, and my hubby is filming with F (14 months) in his arms because he wouldn’t be put down.

For me, the wonder of baking with small children, is watching them keenly learn about food. I believe that food education is vitally important, and want to ensure that my kids know where their food comes from, and which ingredients go into which recipes. It Starts With Food is a passionate post I wrote a while back, and gives a bit more background as to why I feel so strongly about this.

In other news, we made Β£35 from the sale, which I donated to Action Aid via my Just Giving page.Β My company will match it, so Β£70 in total going to Nepal. Not bad for a days graft. Just in case you were interested in the recipe, it can be found in the video.



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63 thoughts on “The Wonder of Baking with Small Children

  1. Oh that’s so awesome and a what a great cause and lesson to teach your children. Thank you so much for linking up to Share With Me #sharewithme

  2. Gorgeous post girl and love your girls, so cute, you did right to put this on youtube, shows the reality of baking with kids and I want to make those flapjacks, amazing. Thanks for linking up to #tastytuesdays x

  3. Congratulations on getting your children in to the kitchen to cook with you, it’s great to get them interested in food so young. #TastyTuesdays

  4. I love the video! It sounded like your baby was holding the camera πŸ™‚ Great recipe and good for you guys raising money, that’s brilliant. i MUST do more like this, such a great idea and so important to instil this idea of charity from a young age.

    Thanks for linking up to #Thelist xxx

  5. What a great idea to bake & sell to raise money!
    I love your video, I think your girls are really well behaved at least they listen to instructions, mine take over and we end up with ingredients everywhere other than the mixing bowl πŸ™‚

  6. What a wonderful idea Renee! I think I might have a go at this with Seb too. He’s heard about the earthquake and is very compassionate so I think he’d love to raise some money. I’m sure our neighbours would love the chance to buy some home made cakes too. I don’t have sound on my pc at the moment so I could only ‘watch’ your video not hear it! Your girls are GORGEOUS. So fab xx

  7. What a lovely thing to do! Those flapjacks sound delish – i keep meaning to do more baking with Arthur and they look like something well worth trying out… Great video too – it looks like you had lots of fun, and there’s no point in pretending things are perfect all (any?) of the time πŸ™‚ xx

  8. Love this, the video is fabulous, so natural and really is what it’s like to bake with kids πŸ™‚ I do love cooking with mine though, they love it and what’s a bit of mess really? It’s great for them to get involved. Thanks so much for sharing with #ThePrompt, and sorry I’m so late getting round to comment this week!

  9. I’d already seen this sweet video yesterday so was eager to read the full post today. This is such a great idea and congratulations for raising that money for the poor people of Nepal. I want to start doing some cooking videos soon with my girls, so watch this space! Thank you so much for linking up to Sunday Stars.

  10. Yum!! And I totally agree that it’s important to put up videos like this. Life isn’t perfect but what you’ve captured is the beautiful reality that is life with kids! Xx

  11. WOW! You are a braver woman than me in the kitchen. Well done darling, your children are adorable and I love the video! Real life? It’s what it’s all about, you did the right thing by posting. Oh and naturally the flapjacks look and sound delicious – cook book next ?! πŸ™‚ xxx

  12. That recipe sounds delicious. Will have to try get my boys to stop fighting long enough to try it.
    Well done on raising the money. It’s going to such a great cause right now

  13. I always love to bake with Monkey, but he’s still not old enough I don’t think to concentrate and it more excited about licking the spoon! Hopefully, when he gets older. What a great video though, and well done on raising all that money! xx

  14. Love kids! Wriggly does the same whenever I try to take a picture with my phone. They just want to be involved in the action, bless them!

  15. Two lots of everything to save arguments, yep I can definitely see that in my future! The bicarb trick is pretty cool, not one for a you tube video where I only have one shot though πŸ˜‰

  16. Thanks John, it was definitely one of my better ideas. Glad you’ve got your little one helping out in the kitchen too, it’s great to start them young.

  17. Thanks Karen, it’s really tasty. I was actually surprised that the flapjacks were the first things to go, they literally sold like hot cakes (sorry very bad pun!)

  18. It’s all about practice hon… and never making perfect either πŸ˜‰ notice how the girls aren’t next to each other but on either side of me? That’s not for the video, that’s so they don’t kill eachother!!

  19. If I let my two bake together they inevitably get into a huge argument and I lose the will to continue!! I’m totally impressed with your success. I’ve yet to produce a finished cake when both have been involved…..:)

  20. I loved it!! I adore home videos where it’s exactly that, HOME video haha and not a “stage set up”. I love how everything is an everyday thing. Well done for raising the money! πŸ™‚
    I recently gave 10$ to CURE International so it seems it’s the season to give now! hehe. πŸ™‚


  21. My kids absolutely love cooking with me – the only problem is that my patience is not what it should be sometimes! Brilliant that you all raised money for Nepal too.

  22. Well done you! I will have to watch the video after work as signal rubbish here! I bet it was loud and messy but you all had fun, family time and your little ones learnt a lot. Xx #wotw

  23. Good work on rasiing money for charity. As it happens I baked some biscuits with our youngest the other day. She really, really enjoyed it. It was an absolute delight. #theList

  24. Your children are so cute! I though they did really well. When I used to bake with my two little ones when they were younger, they used to argue about who was doing what bit and everything tended to get done in such a rush so it could be over. I ended up measuring everything out twice so they could each do their own. My middle daughter is now the baker. She goes to a cookery club once a month and she loves it. I have a similar recipe for some oat cookies. Melting the oil or butter/honey etc. and then adding the bicarbonate is fascinating for the kids to watch as the heat activates it and you get lots of frothing going on!

  25. Well done to them and you for baking, learning about food and raising money for Nepal. It’s so important for children to know what’s going on in the world around them.
    Thanks for linking with Loud ‘n’ Proud.

  26. Loved the video, and seeing P and C enjoy themselves so much, bless them! C is just like my little Beanie: licking the spoon is her favourite thing. Was it Freddie moving the camera?

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