Baking with Children: Piñata cake special
Caketober is not just for adults. To prove this, we’ve asked a ten-year-old child to bake us a cake. Not just any cake either – we wanted a piñata cake.
What on Earth’s a Piñata Cake?
A cake that’s packed with a secret surprise – a middle full of sweets – a bit like, yes, you guessed it – a piñata !
If that sounds difficult, it’s because it is. Luckily, the child we asked, Miss Natalie Walker, with the teeniest bit of help from her glamourous adult assistant, Sarah Graham, was more than up to the challenge.
Before we share pictures of our young baker’s marvellous efforts, we urge you to take a moment to think of the benefits of baking with your children.
The Benefits of Baking with Children
Maths Skills: By working out measurements and timings, your child will be exposed to numbers and mathematics without even realising it.
Personal Development: Deciphering step-by-step directions, adding ingredients in sequence, and mastering new techniques – all of these things help towards improving your child’s confidence and comprehension.
Bonding: Without the distraction of phones, iPads or the TV – baking provides you and your child a unique opportunity to spend some quality time together, talking and creating delicious treats, but more importantly, making memories.
Self-Esteem: Cooking provides children with instant feedback, this helps to grow their confidence. Successfully learning a new skill, such as baking, is proven to help improve a child’s self-esteem.
Positive food relationship: Being around adults baking and learning about new ingredients at an early age gives children a sense of wonderment when it comes to trying new foods and reduces the chances of them becoming fussy eaters in later life.
Fun: Last but not least, baking is fun, and eating what you have created together is even more fun!
The Piñata Pics
Q: Natalie, what was it that first got you interested in baking?
A: I remember going to the market and seeing lots of lovely cakes and then asking my Nana if she’d help me to make some.
Q: What do you love about baking?
A: I love that you can create anything in your mind and then bake it, that and my passion for eating.
Q: Who is your baking hero and why?
A: Paul Hollywood – he’s very sophisticated and he’s very honest too.
Q: Can you tell us a bit about your piñata cake?
A: It’s basically a four-tiered cake with buttercream, different colours and lots of sweets in the middle. I used Rolos, Milky Way Buttons and Smarties.
Q: Finally, if you could turn into a cake, what cake would you be and why?
A: I would be a one-tiered pink sponge cake with fondant icing. I like pink and I like fondant icing really.
Things to take from this
So, why did we ask a child to bake such a complicated cake?
Firstly, because it was a great way to spend an afternoon.
Secondly, because, the way we see it, if a ten-year-old can make a piñata cake in the spirit of Caketober, then surely adults can bake, or even simply buy some yummy cakes in the name of charity?
If you’d like the sound of baking for good causes, we’d love for you to be involved. Why not try out one of our recipes or get in touch with our team here for info on how you can help out? Also, if you do make any cakes, please share them with us on Twitter too, we’d love to see your creations.