Monkey loves helping to cook at the moment. He loves putting his pinny and on and it is generally Daddy who he helps in the kitchen while I am looking after Little Miss. They have done all sorts, Monkey is learning to peel and chop vegetables and he is fascinated by “fire” (the hob) though he knows to stay well back from it, and the oven. He just wants to “have a look see!”
We are really encouraging this as it is getting him so involved with foods and helping with his fussy eating. Plus he and Daddy have a lot of fun cooking and baking together. At the weekend we decided that they could do some christmas themed baking. Someone had bought us some Christmas themed silicone baking tins last year and we got them out to have a bake.
They stuck to our favourite, simple sponge cake recipe – with one variation. Because I can’t eat dairy at the moment (Little Miss seems to have a hopefully temporary lactose intolerance, reacting badly if I have even the tiniest amount of milk or cheese) we used dairy free spread Pure Sunflower spread. This is';t a sponsored post or anything but this worked really well so I thought it was worth mentioning. There was a slightly different taste to our normal sponge but I don’t think you would notice unless you knew, if that makes sense? So it was lovely and we now have a recipe for a dairy-free cake!
So anyway here is the recipe we used. This is enough for a small sponge cake, and was the perfect amount for our 4 silicone cake tins.
Dairy Free Sponge Cake Recipe
4oz Self-Raising Flour
1tsp baking powder
4oz Pure Dairy Free Margarine (or Stork/Butter)
4oz Caster Sugar
2 Large eggs
2-3 drops vanilla essence
Preheat the oven to 170º
Put all of the ingredients in a bowl and whisk with an electric whisk, until smooth and light. In these tins we cooked for 20 mins, It should be golden and bounce back if gently pressed in the middle.
Yup it’s that simple! Perfect for baking with a toddler and Monkey does love to be involved now, rather than just eating all the ingredients like he used to.
Once the cakes had cooled, Monkey and Daddy had fun decorating them with a bit of water icing and some sparkly bits from the baking cupboard. Didn;t they do a fab job?
They were really tasty and it was so simple to do.
Do your kids like being involved in the kitchen?