Baking With Children: Easy Valentine’s Cake.

The best part about baking is the eating. But baking with children is a different experience to baking on your own. I make it about easy steps and cheats shortcuts. These help build their confidence because they did it all by themselves. Here is my easy Valentine’s cake. Honestly it is easy!

All oven activity should always be done by an adult. I recommend adult supervision at all times, if only to minimise cake mix spillage.

What you will need

Three packets of sponge mix.

Red food colouring or gel paste.

A loaf tin

An 8″ round tin

Buttercream (bought or homemade).

A heart shaped cutter

What do you do?

Mix up one packet of the sponge mix following the instructions.

Add a few drops of red food colouring until you get the red you want.

Pour the batter into a greased tin and bake for about 20 minutes.

Leave it to cool in the tin before trying to turn it out.

Once the red sponge is cool use your heart shaped cutter to cut out your hearts.

Make up the next packet of sponge mix. This one you will not colour.

Pour enough to cover the bottom of your greased tin.

Put your red hearts standing upright in a circle around the tin.

Cover them with the next layer of sponge mix.

Bake in the oven for 20 minutes.

Leave the cake to cool in the tin before turning out.

Decorating

If you want to cover the cake with the buttercream. Warning! It is not easy to colour buttercream red as I learnt at my cost. You will end up with a nice pink cake.

If you prefer leave out the buttercream and just add a sprinkle of icing sugar on the top.

Other ideas

You can do this for any celebration. Just change the cutter shape and colour of your sponge. The principle of how to bake it remains the same.

A layer of jam and desiccated coconut on the top is delicious.

When you cut into this easy Velentine’s cake you will see all the heart shapes through the centre. It looks amazing but doesn’t have to be complicated. My children couldn’t wait to show off their cake after they made it. Using this method they don’t get the benefit of weighing out ingredients. They had to concentrate on closely cutting out the hearts. No sponge wastage here!

Have fun baking!