Baking can be lots of fun, albeit pretty messy when children lend a hand. Despite the extra clean up, time spent baking with kids is usually the most enjoyable occasions I’ve spent in the kitchen. There is something special about the excitement on a child’s face when they eat food they’ve helped make.
The budding chef in your house will love Cookies and Cakes by Cherise Pagano, a food stylist from Melbourne who has worked on Masterchef and is the author of several cookbooks for children and adults. For ages 7 and up, the instructions are simple to follow and there are lots of beautiful pictures. Younger children could also easily contribute to all the recipes with the help of an adult.
I invited my niece and nephew over for a baking afternoon and we had fun choosing a recipe from Cookies and Cakes to try out. We decided to make the hidden heart cupcakes which on the outside look like regular vanilla cupcakes but when you take a bite, there’s a red heart surprise inside. We had so much fun and our favourite part was cutting out the red cake hearts and hiding them inside the vanilla cake.
We already have another date planned to test out the sprinkle lamingtons and bumblebee jars. There is also a handy notes page in the back of the cookbook. Cookies and Cakes is a great addition to your cookbook collection and excellent for special occasion cakes and cookies for your next party.
Cookies and Cakes is part of a series of cookbooks by Cherise Pagano for children that also includes Cake Pops, Summer Treats and Sweet Surprises. Cookies and Cakes is available directly from Five Mile Press for $12.95.