I don’t know about your children but whenever mine want to bake it invariably has to involve chocolate! Well I say that, my son has only ever baked one cake at home (chocolate) for a science lesson, but my daughter is a very keen baker and if it doesn’t involve chocolate she’s not happy! With the summer holidays having already started for some and about to start this week for others I thought it would be good to share this simple chocolate cupcake recipe with you that my 10 year daughter made recently. I adapted it from the The Complete Cookbook (Colour Library Books 1988) a recent charity shop find and changed the topping which wasn’t very child friendly! I think children of all ages will be able to have a go at these cupcakes with just a little extra help for the very young.
Why not invite your children’s friends around to help and then they can have a tea party in the garden or take the cakes off on a picnic. Not only are these cakes simple to make but they taste really good and very chocolaty! Hopefully they will encourage your children to venture into further culinary adventures in the kitchen if they’ve not had much experience until now.
- 85g Self-raising flour
- 30g Cocoa powder
- 115g Soft margarine
- 115g Caster sugar
- 2 Large eggs
- 100g Dark chocolate
- Large knob of unsalted butter
- Smarties/sweets to decorate
- Pre-heat the oven to 180⁰C.
- Line 2 cup cake trays with 18 paper cake cases (the small ones ie not muffin size).
- Sieve the flour and cocoa into a bowl and add all the other ingredients.
- Mix together with a wooden spoon until well mixed.
- Spoon into the paper cake cases.
- Bake on the middle shelf for 13 minutes or until an inserted skewer comes out clean or cakes spring back to the touch.
- Allow the cakes to sit for a couple of minutes before transferring to a wire cooling rack.
- To make the topping break the chocolate up into a glass bowl with the butter and melt it over a pan of simmering water stirring with a wooden spoon.
- Use a teaspoon to decorate the cakes with the chocolate topping, giving a little swirl with the back of the spoon to spread it out evenly and then add a Smartie/sweet to finish.
Here are a few other child friendly recipes they might also like to try:
Chocolate Drizzle Flapjack and How to Make Fondant Rose Biscuits – me
Cheats Peach & Strawberry Danish Pastries – Fish Fingers for Tea
Cheese Scones – Tinned Tomatoes
Easy Bake Sale Brownies – Feeding Boys and a Firefighter
Home Made Fab Ice Lollies – Elizabeth’s Kitchen Diary
Coconut Ice – Baby Centre Blog
Plant Pot Bread – A Mummy Too
No Bake Simple and Effective Castle Cake – Fuss Free Flavours
Spiced Rhubarb and Apple Hand Pies – Franglais Kitchen
Mars Bar Krispies – Greedy Gourmet
I am entering these Chocolate Cupcakes into a few events: