Baking party activities range from simply mixing up batters to artistically decorating baked goods. Children can eat the finished baked good as dessert at the party itself or take the treat home as a party favour. Avoid baking goods that require lengthy oven time, such as pound cakes or fruit cakes, so that children do not need to wait around for baking to complete.
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Batter or Dough Preparation
Prepare cake batter or cookie dough together with the children as a party activity. Arrange all ingredients in advance and give each child a turn to add ingredients to the batter or dough. You can also give each child a turn to mix using a hand mixer under adult supervision. Pour the finished batter into cupcake or cake tins or let children drop spoonfuls of cookie dough onto baking trays. Use this activity as the primary baking party activity for young children or follow up this activity with activities in subsequent sections for older children.
To make shape cookies with children, you can use frozen ready-to-use cookie dough or prepare your own cookie dough in advance. Supply each child with a rolling pin and enough cookie dough to prepare about a dozen cookies. Place cookie cutters in a variety of shapes on the table and allow each child to select cookie shapes of their choice. Place cups of sprinkles on the table for children to sprinkle on the cookies before baking.
Add a twist to standard shape cookies by prepare lollipop cookies. Children form the cookies into shapes and then place a lollipop stick into each cookie to resemble a lollipop. Prepare cookie icing in a variety of bright colours for children to brush onto lollipop cookies before baking, so that the cookies resemble real candy lollipops.
Bake and decorate cupcakes with children and let each child eat his own cupcake instead of giving out birthday cake. Bake the cupcakes together with the children at the beginning of the party and then decorate cupcakes at the end of the party, once the cupcakes have cooled. Mix whipped cream in several colours for children to smear onto cupcakes. Prepare cups of sprinkles, chocolate chips, gumdrops and raisins for children to arrange over the whipped cream.
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