Bakes for Bonding

Archived: Posted March 29, 2013

Getting together to make something yummy in the kitchen is a great way to beat bank holiday boredom. It can help children to boost their confidence, creativity and self-esteem, at the same time as nurturing bonds between looked after children and their carers. And at the end of it all you get to enjoy a delicious treat!

So why not give these recipes for yummy vanilla cupcakes and irresistible gooey chocolate brownies a try? They’re fun, quick and simple, and will certainly brighten up your weekend – regardless of the weather!

Sweet Chick Cupcakes

These cupcakes are really easy to bake and make a fantastic centrepiece for the Easter table.

You’ll need:

For the Cakes:                                                                   To Decorate:

– 170g (6 oz) butter or margarine                                  – 210g unsalted butter (softened)
– 170g (6 oz) sugar                                                            – 420g icing sugar
– 3 large eggs                                                                      – 2-4 tbsp milk
– 170g (6 oz) self-raising flour                                         – Mini chocolate eggs
– 1 tsp vanilla extract (optional)                                     – Yellow chick decorations

  • Preheat the oven to 180 C / Gas 4. Line a muffin tin with paper cases.
  • Cream together margarine and sugar till light and fluffy
  • Add eggs one at a time, beating continuously. Fold in sifted flour and add vanilla extract (optional)
  • Spoon mixture into prepared muffin tin. Bake for up to 20 minutes until the cakes look golden brown and the skewer comes out clean
  • To make the buttercream, use an electric whisk or wooden spoon to beat the butter in a large bowl until soft.
  • Sift in half of the icing sugar and beat until smooth.
  • Add the remaining icing sugar and two tablespoons of the milk and beat the mixture until creamy and smooth, adding extra milk, if necessary, to loosen the mixture.
  • Use a spatula to smooth the icing onto the cakes and decorate with mini eggs and chicken decorations. Enjoy – but remember to remove any non-edible decorations before eating!

Easter Egg Brownies

Who can resist more chocolate? These delicious looking brownies make a great Easter Monday bake as they have the added bonus of using up those left over chocolate eggs.

You’ll need:

– 185g unsalted butter (softened)
– 185g good quality dark chocolate
– 85g plain flour
– 40g cocoa powder
– 3 large eggs
– 275g golden caster sugar
– 6 – 8 Cadbury’s Crème eggs cut in half or Mini Eggs (or both!)

  • Preheat the oven to 160 C and grease a 20cm square baking tin
  • Melt the dark chocolate either in the microwave or in a heatproof bowl over boiling water, but don’t allow the base of the bowl to touch the water. Cream together in a bowl with the butter.
  • Whisk the eggs and sugar together in a separate bowl with an electric mixer for 3 -8 minutes until thick, creamy and about double its original volume
  • Pour the cooled chocolate mixture over the eggy mousse and gently fold together
  • Sift and fold the cocoa powder and flour into the mixture
  • Pour into the baking tin and bake for 15 minutes then take out of the oven and gently press the crème egg halves or mini eggs into the mix, spreading evenly.
  • Put back in the oven for another 10-20 minutes until the top is slightly crusty but the centre is still slightly gooey.
  • Leave to cool before removing from the tin and cutting into squares.

Enjoy!

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