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#PappyBakes – Dino cake with the kids

17 Sep

I’ve been meaning to put this post up for a week or so, but only now getting round to it.

Me and the little ones did some baking in the first week of the school term as they both wanted to treat their new teachers to something nice.

I thought I’d just put a post up about it, as we all had so much fun mixing, cracking eggs, pouring, baking, icing and eating it!


The recipe I always use for any sponge cake is based on my own Nan’s recipe that she taught me when I was about 7 – so it seems rather lovely that I’ve now started to pass it on to my own kids! She would be proud.

The basic normal mix is as follows (6663):

– 6oz Self raising flour

– 6oz butter

– 6oz caster sugar

– 3 medium eggs (always free range!)

As this dinosaur mould was rather large I just upped the quantities to – 8884 (probably could have done with 10 10 10 5 to be honest)

Then depending on what sponge type I’m making I just chuck the extra ingredient in – so in this case I just put about 3 to 4 tablespoons of cocoa powder. (You can use the same mix and just add coffee essence and chopped walnuts!)

Anyway – enough waffle – here is some pictures of us baking. . . I’m hoping this might be the first of many #pappybakes or #bakingwithkids posts that I get to do as it was so much fun!

when baking with kids its good to have everything out in seperate containers and get them to help measure everything first before getting messy

getting everything weighed out and ready to mix first!

cream the butter and sugar then beat in the eggs

add the flour and cocoa and mix until all combined and a nice texture

lightly grease the mould and pour the mix in evenly and smooth over

take out of the oven and leave to cool thoroughly


Then we decorated it with jelly beans to make it look all spiky and bumpy! one black jelly bean for the eye too!)

We made easy icing from icing sugar, a bit of water and green food colouring and poured it all over! Then we decorated it with jelly beans to make it look all spiky and bumpy! one black jelly bean for the eye too!)


#day48 – Lion is racing ahead

18 Aug

Day 48 –  The ever competitive Mr Lion has been competing in the international Indie 500 balance bike championships! It is the final race of the year and he needs to win this one to take the title and the trophy. He is in the lead on the home straight and the finishing line is in sight… Can he hold on to the lead and win the race?


#day47 – Elephant’s dominos

17 Aug

Day 47 –  Elephant has been hard at work for hours, trying to build the perfect domino run… his persistence has paid off and it is ready to be knocked down, despite elephants having clumsy hands and a trunk that somewhat gets in the way – they instinct to never give up on something has served him well.


#day46 – Fox and Panda’s moon landing

16 Aug

Day 46 –  Panda and Fox have made it! Against all the odds the have flown through space and landed on the moon – planting their pink flag on the fluffy moon dust dunes… but will their landing pods make it back to earth?


#day45 – Fox and Panda the astronauts

15 Aug

Day 45 –  Panda and Fox are desperate to try their hand as astronauts and they blast off to space in a very special rocket ship – but will they make it to the Moon? What could possibly go wrong…


#day44 – Monkey and Dinosaur fail to pack light

14 Aug

Day 44 –  Monkey and Dinosaur are desperate to join the family on their big day out today, but they’re not too hot at packing light – they cant decide what clothes to pack, which toys to take or what to put in their picnic bag… The Family aren’t sure where Monkey and Dinosaur’s stuff is going to fit though!


#day43 – Monkey’s miscommunication

13 Aug

Day 43 –  Somehow Monkey had misunderstood Lion’s message about going surfing and had turned up with his laptop, instead of his swimmers and a surf board! He really needs to use his listening ears better, it will get him in big trouble one of these days and he definitely can’t use his computer as a surf board!


#day42 – Monkey the butterfly catcher

12 Aug

Day 42 –  Monkey’s love of butterflies has gotten a little obsessive and he is out in the #garden with his new butterfly net hoping to catch the elusive orange princess butterfly! He only wants to look at it, draw it and then set it free though!

#day41 – Lion’s painting

11 Aug

Day 41 –  Lion is possibly the most creative animal you could ever meet. If he is not juggling for the circus, or baking cakes for all his friends, you will probably find him in front of his artist’s easel painting something beautiful! Today he is doing a still life painting of some pretty flowers and a bowl of juicy fruit!

#day40 – Teddy bears picnic

10 Aug

Day 40 –  if you go down to the woods today…. There’s a wonderful teddy bears picnic going on! all of the teddy friends have come together for one big celebration

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