Get the kids involved in the kitchen over the summer break as a fun way to stay busy on a rainy day. Little ones will love creating all their favourite bakes and trying new sweet treats. Check out our recipe ideas for flapjacks, cupcakes, muffins and more.


For more recipe ideas, see our easy summer lunches for kids or afternoon tea recipes for kids. Celebrate with our birthday ideas for kids at home or get creative with our easy garden crafts. Keep little ones entertained with indoor activities and sensory play ideas.

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1) Raspberry honey flapjacks

Flapjacks with raspberries in them

Make these easy raspberry honey flapjacks with the little ones with just five ingredients. They're a great way to make the most of fresh raspberries over the summer.

Find more inspiration for new and exciting flapjack variations with our flapjack recipes.

2) Easy blueberry muffins

Blueberry muffins

Who doesn't love a classic blueberry muffin for breakfast? These bite-sized treats are simple enough for kids to help put together and enjoy all summer long.

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Try out more of our breakfast muffin recipes to start your day right.

3) Lemonade scones

Baking sheet of scones with cream and jam

Use a splash of lemonade in our easiest-ever scones to ensure a perfect rise and touch a sweetness. This thrifty recipe is perfect for assembling a kids' afternoon tea on a summer afternoon.

For more recipes perfect for an afternoon tea, try our afternoon tea recipes.

4) Raspberry & pistachio tea cake

Pink iced cakes

Add raspberry icing to this pistachio tea cake and you'll not only get a lovely pop of colour, but fabulous flavour too. Kids will love decorating with sprinkles and edible flowers.

For more delicious bakes and savoury mains using pistachio, try our pistachio recipes.

5) Easy chocolate biscuits

Pile of chocolate biscuits

Everyone needs a go-to easy biscuit recipe to whip up on a summer afternoon. Kids will love these decadent double chocolate cookies – they can also add their favourite fruit or nuts.

For more recipes to satisfy your inner chocaholic, try our chocolate recipes.

6) Peach melba pop pies

Pop tarts on wire rack

These colourful pastries are a fun way to celebrate summer flavours. Use ready-made shortcrust pastry for an easy way to achieve the perfect finish.

For more ideas on tarts, pies and party nibbles that all use the versatile shortcrust pastry, check out our shortcrust pastry recipes.

7) Easy blondies

Blondies on a baking sheet

Whip up a batch of gooey white chocolate blondies with the kids over the summer break. They make a great addition to an afternoon tea spread.

If you're more partial to the blondie's richer brother, the brownie, why not check out our scrumptious brownie recipes?

8) Chocolate chip traybake

Chocolate sliced cakes

What could be easier than a simple traybake studded with white chocolate chips and covered in rich icing? It's a great option for celebrating a birthday or any other special occasion.

Checkout more decadent chocolate traybake recipes.

9) Coconut loaf cake

Coconut loaf cake sliced

Celebrate tropical flavours over the summer with a subtly sweet coconut cake. Little ones can bake this using a handful of storecupboard ingredients.

For more sweet and savoury dishes with coconut as the star of the show, check out our coconut recipes.

10) Strawberry cupcakes

Strawberry cupcakes on a tray

Kids can treat their family and friends to these beautiful strawberry cupcakes. They're made with fresh strawberry pieces in the sponge and a vibrant pink buttercream icing.

For more summer desserts starring strawberries, check out our strawberry dessert recipes.

11) Easy cornflake tart

Cornflake tart sliced with cream

This fabulously easy, family-friendly dessert uses simple ingredients most people will have in the cupboards. Using ready-made shortcrust pastry and strawberry jam for the base makes it extremely low effort. It's delicious on its own or served with warm custard.

Check out our sweet tart recipes for more indulgent desserts.

12) Unicorn poo meringues

Colourful meringues with faces

Make our fun, rainbow-swirled meringues with the kids and turn the kitchen into an art studio. We chose to decorate our meringues with pastel food colouring and paint with funny faces, but you can let your kids’ imaginations run wild!

Check out our meringue recipes for more ways to serve these crisp and chewy treats.

13) Sticky upside-down banana cake

Upside down banana cake being photographed

This stunning upside-down cake may look like a showstopper, but with only three steps, it’s a simple teen cooking project. Younger chefs can take the reins, but keep a close eye on the hot caramel and using the oven.

For more classic banana recipes such as banoffee pie, banana bread and banana splits, check out our banana dessert recipes.

14) Chocolate chip hot cross bun

Pile of hot cross buns

Our chocolate chip hot cross buns make an excellent family baking project as the recipe requires many different skills. Kids can practice their kneading, shaping, piping and division skills.

For more variations on this fruity Easter bread, check out our hot cross bun recipes.

15) Caramel-drizzled banoffee bake

Banoffee traybake

This rich and creamy traybake includes all the gorgeous elements of a traditional banoffee pie: a crumbly biscuit base, decadent caramel sauce and the sweet tang of banana.

For more puddings covered in sweet or salted caramel, check out our caramel recipes.

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