When it comes to indoor activities to do with your little one, baking sure takes the cake. Not only is baking with kids fun, but you can count on teaching your child useful measuring skills as well.

Baking with kids recipes

Thumb through a recipe book or the internet for an easy and fun baking recipe both you and your child would like to try. Shop online for the ingredients or visit here for a list of online grocery stores and dedicate some time to try one of these easy baking recipes for kids at home!


Baking with kids: Reel them in with colourful baking tools!

1. Easter Rabbit Cookie Cutter

Rabbit Cookie Cutter

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What’s Easter without Easter bunnies? We love these rabbit easter moulds (available on cupcake.sg)! From cute bunny moulds to carrot and Easter egg moulds, encourage your kids to use these and make baking with kids the fun activity it’s meant to be!


2. Mini Spatulas

Mini Spatulas Shopee Singapore

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Don’t let your little ones struggle with large spatulas! Hand them these nifty heat-resistant silicone grade spatulas (available on allinit.sg).

They are non-stick and easy to use when your little one is folding and mixing batter in the bowl. And if you’re up for letting your kid try his or her hand at browning butter, these spatulas won’t heat up easily so they are safe to use!


3. Colourful Measuring Scoops

baking with kids measuring cups

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Get your kids to love math with these colourful measuring scoops (available on september.sg). Stackable and lightweight, these baking tools come with large handles for your little pastry chefs to measure the amount of flour required for the recipe!

Did we mention they have useful scales on their handles — in cups and millilitres?


4. Apron

baking with kids apron

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Who says you can’t dress up, even if you’re just spending some time at home in the kitchen? These cute aprons are adorable outfits! This apron and sleeve set (available on haoyang.sg) designs include Doraemon and Hello Kitty.


5. Mini Rolling Pins

baking with kids rolling pins

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Baking with kids involves them participating in as many steps of the recipe as possible. Hand them these mini rolling pins (available on Hellow) and guide them with the correct technique of rolling the dough.

They are small enough for the young ones to handle while their non-stick silicone surface means cleaning up wouldn’t be a nightmare!

That’s not all, check out these silicone baking whisks, bright cupcake liners and a sturdy 2-step stool so your little ones can reach the kitchen countertop and feel involved in the process!

Easy baking recipes to get started with

1. Animal-Shaped Lemony Biscuits

Kids will adore this easy animal-shaped lemony biscuits recipe! If you’ve been wanting to expose your kids to the tangy taste of lemon, this is one way to do it. Use Easter bunny and carrot-shaped cookie moulds for a festive touch, and let the kids try decorating their animal biscuits with dried fruits!

What you need:

  • 150g of brown sugar
  • 100g salted butter
  • 1 egg
  • 225g of plain flour
  • ½ teaspoon of baking powder
  • 1 lemon
  • A packet of cranberries to decorate

How to make:

  • Mix butter and sugar in a mixing bowl — this is for the biscuit dough
  • Crack an egg into the mixture, add half a teaspoon of baking powder and mix well
  • Squeeze the zest of 1 lemon into the mixture
  • Add in baking flour and stir
  • Guide your kid in shaping the dough into bunnies with these bunny moulds
  • Add rice sprinkles or cranberries for decoration
  • Pop them into the fridge to set them
  • Place them on a baking tray and bake at 180 degree-Celsius, for 12-14 minutes until they’re golden brown
  • Dig in!


2. Vanilla Cupcakes

Vanilla cupcakes serve as a great starting point for other cupcakes. You can easily transform them into any other cupcake later on with coloured icing and other cake decors.

What you need:

  • 200g self-raising flour
  • 200g unsalted butter
  • 200g of caster sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla essence

How to make:

  •  Pour castor sugar and butter into the mixer
  • Blend for about 30 – 60 seconds till its light and fluffy
  • Sift in the self-raising flour and add four beaten eggs into the mix
  • Mix it again on low speed for 30 – 60 seconds
  • Add a teaspoon of vanilla extract and mix it for 30 seconds, at low speed
  • Scoop two spoonfuls of the mix into each cupcake liner
  • Bake the cupcakes at about 175-degree celsius for about 17 minutes
  • Once baked, let them cool on a cooling rack

Your kids can also choose to add on these cute bunny cake toppers!


3. Mug Brownie

Let your kids take over the reins with this easy mug brownie recipe!

What you need:

  • 6 tablespoons of your favourite chocolate mix
  • 4 tablespoons of flour
  • 2 tablespoons of canola oil
  • 3 tablespoons of water
  • ¼ teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • A handful of chocolate chips

How to make:

  • Add the hot chocolate mix and flour into a microwaveable mug
  • Stir the mixture using a fork
  • Add in canola oil, water, vanilla extract and a handful of chocolate chips
  • Stir the mixture till it’s of a gooey consistency and microwave it for about 30 minutes
  • Carefully remove the hot mug from the microwave and dig in! (You can add a scoop of ice-cream to cool it down too)


4. Chocolate Hot Cross Bun

What’s Easter without hot cross buns? This recipe comes with a chocolate twist and is perfect for fussy little eaters!

What you need:

  • 50g butter
  • 1 egg
  • 250ml milk
  • 50g sugar
  • 7g dried active yeast
  • 400g bread flour
  • 60g cocoa powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 125g chocolate chips
  • 2 tablespoon flour
  • 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
  • 2 tablespoon water
  • 50g sugar
  • 60ml water

How to make:

  • To make the dough, melt the butter in a saucepan or microwave it
  • Mix in the egg, milk (both at room temperature), half of the sugar, egg, melted butter and yeast in a mixing bowl. Mix for 10-15 minutes till it is bubbly
  • Add bread flour, cocoa powder, the remaining sugar and salt into the same mixture. Use a wooden spoon and combine the mixture well
  • Scoop out in the mixture onto your counter, on a bed of flour and knead the dough for 10-15 minutes or till elastic. Pro tip: Guide your little ones to use the base of their palms to really get into the dough
  • Once done, it’s time for the dough to rise! Place the dough into the same mixing bowl and cover it with a damp cloth. Leave it for an hour so it can rise and double in volume
  • Turn out the dough onto the counter (sprinkled with flour) and press it into a large disk shape. For the fun part, pour the chocolate chips over the disk!
  • Fold the sides of the dough into the middle and knead the dough once again, to evenly distribute the chocolate chips
  • Divide the dough into 10 smooth balls and place them on a baking sheet, making sure to leave 1-inch space between them
  • Cover the tray for with the same damp cloth and leave it to rise for an hour
  • Pipe the hot cross buns chocolate crosses (a mixture of flour, cocoa powder and water)
  • Bake the buns at 180-degrees Celsius for about 20 minutes
  • Once done, brush on them a sugar syrup (mix equal sugar and water and boil until sugar has dissolved)
  • Serve toasted with butter, enjoy!


5. Peanut Butter Chocolate Egg

What you’ll need:

  • About 220g of unsalted butter
  • About 240g peanut butter
  • About 120g confectioners’ sugar
  • About 240g plain cookies such as graham crackers or digestive biscuits
  • 250g chocolate of your choice
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable/canola oil
  • Sprinkles for toppings

How to make it:

  • Start by adding the cookies into a food processor and blitz till it becomes a crumbly, smooth paste
  • Add butter into a mixing bowl and microwave it till it melts and becomes smooth
  • Whisk in peanut butter and milk into the bowl. Add powdered sugar, salt and whisk till it becomes of thick consistency
  • Pour the cookie crumbs into the mixture and use your hands to knead the mixture into a dough
  • Pinch out a portion of the dough and roll into egg-shaped (use Easter egg moulds for the perfect shape)
  • Place the eggs onto a baking tray lined with parchment paper and pop them into the freezer till they turn solid
  • Meanwhile, melt chocolate in a microwave and pour into a bowl with tall sides
  • Add 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil and blend the mixture
  • Dip the eggs into the bowl and tap on off excess chocolate
  • Place the eggs onto the baking sheet and top on rainbow sprinkles
  • Place into the freezer and freeze them further before serving!

Baking with kids is more about the process rather than the end result!

Related Read: Baking With Your Child: A Practical Step By Step Guide

Baking with kids can get messy so there are bound to be some accidents. Teach your kids that mistakes are normal in the process and find a solution together! Most importantly, let them know their help was important — praise them when they complete a task, no matter how simple.

Continue engaging them in other ways this stay home period, perhaps through these creative arts and crafts activities for kids?

This article was first produced by Shopee Singapore.

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