If you are looking for something to do with your children over the school holidays, you might consider having a go at sort of baking.
OK, so baking with kids is not;
c) always a success.
But it is;
a) fun. Promise.
Baking with kids is fun
My son and I flicked through a new book over the long weekend - Cookies & Cakes by Melbourne based chef and food stylist Cherise Pagano. Cookies & Cakes aims to make every day a party day, for children aged 7 years plus.
Recipes are simple and instructions are easy to follow, with a selection of really interesting baking ideas to brighten any day.
My son and I thought we'd have a go at the earth cakes, which appealed most to my nearly 7 year old's appreciation for all things space-y.
Earth cakes with clouds
The recipe calls for two food colours; blue and green, and divides the cake recipe mixture into two bowls, with one colour in each.
After the two colours are mixed, my son spooned dollops of each mixture into a cake pop baking pan. We used a cake pop mold with the idea that the pops would be round like the earth - on a stick! Well, they didn't quite come out as expected, but we did have a lot of fun and the cakes certainly passed the taste test.
Earth pop cakes with chocolate north and south poles
Other recipes in the book include honey cookies, rainbow cakes in a jar, mud cup cakes, bee cup cakes and lots more.
The paperback book retails for $12.95 (although you might want to check booktopia for a little saving) and makes for a great gift for any child that enjoys to bake.