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Hello everyone,

The last couple of weeks have been horrendous for us at the Combes household. You may have noticed that I have not been posting or on social media as much. My poor Amelia had an awful cough and cold and really struggled to sleep at night, so none of us got any sleep. We did worry about whether it could have be croup, thankfully it wasn't and she is on the mend.

Now that Amelia was feeling lots better we thought that we would bake some cupcakes, a first for Amelia. Normally she will just sit on the floor in the kitchen playing with all the utensils she can get her hands on, but this time I thought I would encourage her to get involved. So first things first we needed to wash our hands and put our aprons on. Amelia's Nanny and Grandad Caney got Amelia her own personalised apron all the way from Spain and it has to be the cutest apron ever, she looks adorable.

One of the many photographs I had to take.

After we spent a little while taking some photos for the apron shot, I measured the ingredients out and then I sat Amelia on the floor so she could begin to mix the ingredients. Amelia did a great job mixing them all together but then she wanted to get creative and feed the floor (shortly after mummy vacuumed and mopped the floors). Even thought this creativity left us with the floor covered in cake mixture and onto our fourth wooden spoon there was still quite a bit of cake mix left for me to fill the cupcake cases. 
This was before the floor got covered!
We both really enjoyed our afternoon making a mess in the kitchen baking cupcakes. But perhaps I should get her a Mimi sized wooden spoon so I wouldn't have to use the entire utensil drawer.
It got a little too much when it was time to put them in the oven

Prep: 5-10 minutes (longer with children)
Cooking: 10-15 minutes
Temp: Gas mark 4/ 350 F/ 180C


6ozs/150g butter
7ozs/200g sugar 
1 tsp vanilla essence
3 eggs
8ozs/225g plain flour
1 1/2 tsp of baking powder
3 tbsp hot water

1. Put muffin paper cases in a 12 bun tin . Pre-heat the oven to the correct temperature – Gas mark 4 / 350.F / 180.C. Start by blending the butter and sugars together until the mixture is light and fluffy.

2. Add the vanilla essence. Then add the eggs one at a time. To stop the mixture from curdling add a spoon of the flour as you add each egg.

3. Once all the eggs have been combined, add the rest of the flour with the baking powder and continue to mix. Ensure all the ingredients have been mixed to a smooth consistency then add the hot water-slowly- till it is completely blended.

4.Pour the batter into the muffin cases put in the oven for 10-15 minutes. Once they have been cooked leave them to cool.

5. To test if the cup cakes are ready lightly press the top. If the surface springs back straight away it’s ready. If it slowly comes back it needs more time.

This recipe can be used if you want to make larger cakes you will just have to alter the timings of your cooking. For us, we made two batches of cakes and there was more than enough batter. So bare this in mind before you go ahead.
4 comments on "BAKING WITH THE BABY"
  1. I love baking with the toddler - I'm going to pin this recipe for later! #FartGlitter

  2. I love baking with my kids, but not so keen on the mess! I always need a strong gin before and afterwards! #fartglitter

  3. I've not been brave enough to venture into baking with my tot. Maybe this weekend if my back is up to it. I love madeira cake and baking with the tot would give me a good excuse to make some :-)
    Thanks so much for linking up to #fartglitter x

  4. They look yummy and how cute is your daughter! Thanks for linking up to #tastytuesdays x


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