How are surviving the holidays? Are you broken yet? Desperate for it to be over? Running out of patience/cash/ideas or all of them and more? I’m with you if you are of the aforementioned things and more. And it’s only been a week argghhhhh!!!! What’s a slightly deranged and stressed out mum to do?
Well if you are me and are completely rubbish at all kinds of arts, crafts, baking, anything really that mums are supposed to be good at, obviously the pot was dry when I got there, the obvious answer is to get in the kitchen and attempt to bake. As much as I tell myself it’s about the quality time and doing things together. It’s really not. It’s about trying, and mainly failing, to make a cupcake that actually looks like a cupcake am I right?
But then the lovely people at Wilko got in touch and sent us some lovely baking goodies to assist with any disastrous efforts we might be making over the holiday, by the way what are we calling the holidays? Did you get an actual Easter holiday or are you part of the ‘we are renaming it spring break’ group? Sorry, sorry off on a tangent again! Back to the subject, with some lovely new goodies I couldn’t not attempt to try my hand at a little baking again could I! (ps the little lady in the picture is Popette Olivia’s new shoppie doll)
How cute are they, please! I love the bowl and the jug and I feel like a proper grown up with proper grown-up baking utensils! But would they be good enough to help me make actual proper edible cakes? I, sorry we, decided that we would make some chocolate muffins courtesy of Betty Crocker, she’s a good ‘un isn’t she, some cola cupcakes that I found over on Candace’s Kitchen pop over for the full recipe and some biscuits/cookies. I again found the recipe whilst browsing online.
I loved baking, sorry attempting to bake, with my new grown-up goodies and Olivia took a shine to the oink oink spoon and spatula she literally kept hold of them the whole time. I never realised how nice it is to use silicone items, I was actually quite surprised. I also loved the baking tin, I have one the same size with a loose base but I think I prefer this one, the cake was so easy to get out of the tin.
I imagined the day to be like it is in the movies, mum and daughter having fun together, both with powdered noses but alas, real life just ain’t like that is it! In reality, there WAS flour everywhere, dishes piling up by the second and a great big mess! Olivia came to do the fun bits and then scarpered as soon as I mentioned cleaning up but she really enjoyed herself, we managed to make a whole day of it and produce some edible goodies too. I was as surprised as I sound!
It’s safe to say we ended up with a lot of sweet treats on our hands and spread them out around the family. The cookies didn’t turn out as expected but they tasted delicious and as for the cola cupcakes, I actually really enjoyed them. I’m not sure we made them correctly as they didn’t really rise and as Olivia doesn’t like icing or toppings of any kind we didn’t make the salted peanut frosting for the top but some of them did get some chocolate spray icing from the Dr Oetker range. The large mini egg cake is also a cola cake we made a lot. Even my mum liked them! There was also some krispy cakes made too and they didn’t last long at all!
I would say that was a pretty successful day in the kitchen! Have you been baking with kids over the holidays if not why not head over to Wilko and have a look at what they’ve got to help you make some delicious treats for all the family.
*Disclaimer: I was provided with the items pictured for use when baking with Olivia and write about what we got up to*