Dads might be notoriously hard to buy for but you can’t go wrong with something homemade, especially if it’s also edible. We’ve put together our top ten favourite Father’s Day baking recipes that are perfect for making with kids young and old…
1. Lemon sponge cake
A refreshing slice of this zesty sponge cake is enough to make anyone’s day that bit brighter. The lusciously light sponge is topped with a smooth drizzle coating of zingy lemon icing and decorative peel to make a simple yet stunning centerpiece for Father’s Day. Teach kids the basics of creating a sponge mixture, beginning with beating together sugar and butter until fluffy. If you prefer them not to use an electric whisk, then a wooden spoon will do the trick.
2. Giant cookie cake
Bring out Dad’s inner cookie monster with this creative mashup of two popular bakes. Kids can help mix the dough and throw in a generous helping of chocolate chips. The resulting cake is especially gooey and indulgent when served warm with a dollop of ice cream.
3. Medal cookies
Every hero deserves an iced medal cookie, and there is no better way to salute the dad in your life than with a bit of homemade arts and crafts. Little hands will love getting stuck into this creative project, just prepare yourself for a bit of a glitter explosion.
4. Mixed fruit tart
This is the perfect recipe for introducing children and teens to the art of making pastry. You’ll need to be a little more hands-on for this one, but if you’re cooking with young children they’ll gladly take credit for your pastry prowess. Let little ones get creative with fruity patterns or encourage them to simply pile the berries high at the end.
5. Milk chocolate pots with citrus shortbread
If Dad has a sweet tooth, then these shortbread fingers and silky chocolate pots could be the dessert of dreams. The zingy biscuit sticks are delightfully dunkable and balance well with rich and creamy mousse. Kids can help prepare this super simple pud, but be careful to keep younger ones away from the heat when melting chocolate.
6. Sticky upside-down banana cake
This stunning cake takes just 15 minutes of preparation, which should allow you to hold the attention of even the youngest of children. They’ll love the excitement of turning the cake out onto a plate and seeing the finished results. It’s best served warm, so if you want to give their father a rest, carry on clearing up in the kitchen while it cooks – little’uns love a bit of soapy fun at the sink.
7. Jammy heart drops
No special cutter is needed for these beautiful biscuits, and there are plenty of little jobs for young cooks to help out with. Let the kids get busy piping jam and drizzling icing, they might not look perfect but they will be made with lots of love.
8. Blueberry scones
These scones are as easy as pie to make but Dad is still sure to be impressed. You don’t need to stick to traditional triangles – children can shape these whichever way they like! Serve with butter, cream, jam and a selection of summer sandwiches. They’re perfect for a surprise picnic too.
9. Chocolate & hazelnut thumbprint cookies
This a great recipe to make with kids because the food processor does most of the work. Younger children will enjoy rolling the dough into balls and marking their thumbprint before spooning the melted chocolate into the holes. Older kids can also do most of this recipe by themselves, so you can enjoy a coffee and watch all the hard work unfold…
10. Dad’s chocolate drop cakes
This five-star rated recipe is pretty much a guaranteed hit for any chocolate fan. Let the children decorate these chocolate treats with Dad’s favourite sweets or nuts for a personal touch. There should be plenty to go round, so the kids will just have to hope he’s the sharing kind.
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