Baking, is it an art or a science? Whatever your take on it I think it is true to say that baking is still a hugely important part of the home cooking culture. We have seen its popularity soar to new heights in the last couple of years, due to the explosion of the cupcake revolution and popular baking TV programmes and it seems we just can`t get enough of these teeny tiny, expertly decorated, glitter topped cupcakes. I agree, cupcake baking is fun but there are loads of other great baking ideas you can get the kids involved with throughout the year. Baking with kids is a great way to introduce them to the art (or science) of baking, as well as creating an opportunity to spend quality time together as a family. But it has to be fun, capture their imagination and allow them to get creative.
There are so many easy recipes for kids to choose from and the perfect way to start them off is by baking cookies. Shop around for fun bakeware accessories such as novelty cookie cutters to get the kids excited about their baking debut. Cookie cutters make great baking gifts for kids and with so many on the market you will be spoilt for choice. In particular Gingerdead Men Cookie Cutters are perfect for Halloween Baking, 3D Dino Cookie Cutters for a Dinosaur themed birthday party and the Letter Pressed Cookie Cutter Set includes all of the letters of the alphabet, so you can literally get the kids to eat their words, as well as improve their spelling at the same time.
If your baking cakes then consider using silicone bakeware, which are flexible and will be easier for the kids when turning out their scrumptious creations. There are some great silicone bakeware products on the market which make perfect baking gifts for any budding baker including a "Bake a Brick" mould which will create a thoughtful birthday cake for a dad who`s a builder, or for a new home celebration cake. To make all your family birthday cakes that extra bit special you can even buy a "Happy Birthday" silicone cake mould, which will turn out a perfect cake with Happy Birthday baked across it. It does what it says on the mould!!
Now for those who swear by the cupcake, the whole cupcake and nothing but the cupcake, the Giant Cupcake Mould is a must and a great hit with the kids, especially the girlies. So if you`ve ever wondered how to make cupcakes, then try the Giant Cupcake Mould out for size. It literally makes a cupcake 25 times larger than your average cupcake and the kids can have loads of fun decorating it and when it comes to cake decorating the possibilities are endless. Online kitchen gift shops have responded amazingly to the increased popularity of the baking and bakeware market, with many now stocking a wide range of bakeware accessories including cake decorations, cake bunting sets, kids baking sets as well as other baking gifts. The kids can really go to town and bling up their baking with sprinkles, gold dust, glitter and even glamorous Cake Candelabras. Baking with kids is a real winner. Fun, educational and tasty at the end of it!