This week we are facing our first half term since Charles started preschool.
I am looking forward to spending the week with him, but then I'm so used to him being out in the afternoon that I feel stuck with what to do with him.
On Thursday he has his booster injections and other than that we have no plans and with the weather being all over the place I expect a lot of the time will be spent at home.
He does a lot of craft work at preschool so I want to do something different with him at home and an easy solution to that is....baking!
I think it's really important to bake with children, not only for the
fun aspect, but the bonding, experience of working together, and
teaching them patience. But also so they know how food is made, and the a
lot of the products we can buy in the shops can easily be cooked at
home (and taste even better!)
I seem to be stuck with what to make a lot of the time. I tend to follow the same recipes and do the same cakes and 50% of the time they will come out ok. The other 50% is a big fat fail.
I think that rather than making basic fairy cakes (which I more often than not end up having to put in the bin) I need to expand my recipe list and learn how to make cupcakes.
I also want to bake food which Charles will eat. There's no point in me making a cheesecake when I know he won't eat it, or a lemon drizzle cake, or coffee cake, so searching recipes for kids is top of my list before we even start to bake.
My husband has been working a lot recently, including 3 trips to Cambridge to cover a show on the Heart station there which has been quite a drive for him.
We've promised to make him a special cake this week as a well done for working so hard, and to let him know how special he is to us.
Again when making cakes for him I tend to stick to the same recipes, which are either boring or just don't come out right. So I desperately wanted to find a recipe with the WOW factor which will also be easy to make. After finding this perfect chocolate cake recipe I now know one thing that we will be baking. Just looking at the photo on the recipe page makes my mouth water.
We're due to go to my mother-in-laws on Sunday so if the chocolate cake comes out right, then we'll be making one to take with us too.
I will update with how we got on with it.
So now with a list of recipes all we need is get our ingredients and we'll be on our way to baking success!
This is a sponsored post.