Here is my daughter’s first totally independent baking attempt, and, I have to say it; amazing results! She choose a recipe from a cookbook by Nigella Lawson, “How To Be A Domestic Goddess”, which she received as a Christmas present the year before.
As far as my observations go, and from the experience of being a kid myself oh so long ago, baking is the first thing that attracts little people into the kitchen. Something about mixing batters, and cracking eggs into bowls of sugar, and whipping them into a frenzy, feels like being in a giant play kitchen, only the results of their play are sumptuous cakes, cookies and tarts.
The other great thing about baking is that cookbooks have very specific rules about everything, and children love to follow instructions step by step. Going by instinct or “feel” is just too difficult at a young age, so, I told my girl that following a recipe verbatim was a must to gain an understanding of why things work the way they do.
She made these baby bundt cakes simply because I had a bundt pan with baby bundt molds in it! The idea of making little cakes appealed to the little girl in her, and her need to make all things look pretty.
Her first solo baking master class was extremely successful, and turned out the best little cakes I have tasted in ages!
For The Cakes, You will Need: 1/2 cup plain yogurt, 6 tbs butter, melted, 2 large eggs, zest of 1 lemon, 1 cup all-purpose flour, 1/2 tsp baking soda, pinch of salt, 7 tbs sugar,
For The Icing, You Will Need: 1 1/3 cup confectioner’s sugar (icing sugar), juice of 1 lemon
Equipment: 1 mini bundt pan with 6 molds, buttered and oiled (about 4 x 2″ each)
1 – Mix yogurt, melted butter, eggs and lemon zest together in a small bowl.
2 – Put the dry ingredients into a large mixing bowl. Mix in the wet ingredients with a wooden spoon.
3 – Fill bundts and bake for 25-30 minutes. When they are cooked, leave for 1 minute before unmolding, and then unmold carefully, and cool on wire rack.
4 – Make icing by sifting sugar and mixing in lemon juice. Drizzle over cakes with a spoon when completely cool.
Serve after dinner or with something like coffee or tea.