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Top 10 easy bakes for kids

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Enjoy baking these easy recipes with your kids. They'll love making and decorating beautiful biscuits, muffins, puddings, traybakes and cupcakes. 

Spend time in the kitchen with your little ones and teach them some invaluable baking skills. From pretty iced biscuits to cute cupcakes and cookies, these ten tasty bakes are super easy to make and everyone will enjoy devouring the results afterwards...


You can also find plenty of ideas in our kids' baking recipe collection, or if you're short on ingredients try our kids' baking recipes without flour.

1. Chocolate sweet traybake

Chocolate traybake with the word 'cake' written in multicolour sweets

Combine two childhood favourites to make this beautiful chocolate sweetie traybake. This American-style cake will satisfy the sweetest of tooths. It's easy to make ahead and divides nicely into squares. Kids can decorate with their favourite toppings, as long as they're bold and colourful!

Chocolate sweet traybake

2. Simple iced biscuits

Iced biscuit numbers and letter shapes

Use a simple biscuit dough to make some fun letter and number shapes. These tasty biscuits only take 20 minutes to bake before you can decorate them. So arm your kids with some coloured icing pens and let their creativity go wild!

Simple iced biscuits

Find more kids' biscuit recipes.

3. Super-easy birthday cake

Birthday sponge cake with pink frosting and candles

Celebrate a special occasion with this simple yet stunning birthday cake. Split the cake mixture in two to make chocolate and vanilla sponges which children can help mix together. To complete this colourful showstopper, sandwich the two layers together and top with a pretty pink frosting. They'll love experimenting with pink food colouring to make a shade of their choice.

Super-easy birthday cake

We've got plenty more easy birthday cakes for kids.

4. Red velvet cookies

Red velvet cookies on a baking tray

Transform popular red velvet cake into cookie form, complete with cream cheese icing. These chewy biscuits are given their vibrant red hue with food colouring gel and packed with white chocolate chunks. Why not make double the dough to store in the fridge until your cookie cravings strike?

Red velvet cookies

Check out more kids' cookie recipes.

5. Chocolate chip muffins

Chocolate chip muffins in a tray and on a wire rack

Reinvent the flavours of your favourite cookies in the form of a fluffy chocolate chip muffin. They only take 15 mins to prep and are perfect for popping into lunchboxes as a break time snack.

Chocolate chip muffins

6. Raspberry & pistachio tea cake

Pink iced cake squares with flower icing decorations

Traybakes are a simple, no-fuss way to create big portions of gorgeous cake. These pretty in pink pistachio sponge squares are topped with a zingy raspberry icing – leave the little ones to decorate with sugar flowers, pearl sugar and sprinkles.

Raspberry & pistachio tea cake

7. Peanut butter cookies

Jar of peanut butter cookies, with some in front

Fill your cookie jar with these simple, moreish biscuits. Using only three ingredients and no flour, this ingenious recipe is super quick and perfect for young bakers.

Peanut butter cookies

Watch our video for step-by-step instructions on how to make these easy peanut butter cookies.

8. Chocolate Rice Krispie cakes

Chocolate rice crispy cupcakes in a variety of stripy cases

Whip up some tasty treats with a classic childhood cereal. These cute Rice Krispie cakes are so simple to make and don't need an oven. Just leave them to set in the fridge for an hour and then get decorating with sweets, nuts or dried fruit.

Chocolate Rice Krispie cakes

Find out more ways to use Rice Krispies in our video on how to make fridge cake

9. Butterfly cakes

Butterfly cupcakes in red paper cases on a wire wrack

These dainty cupcakes will cause a flutter of excitement in any household. Give your cakes wings by slicing off the tops and splitting into two small segments. Position the wings on top of vanilla buttercream and let kids finish them off with strawberry jam and sprinkles.

Butterfly cakes

Discover more cute kids' cupcake recipes.

10. Treacle sponge pudding

Treacle sponge pudding in a baking dish with section spooned out

Treat the whole family to an indulgent, gooey syrup pudding. Dig into the simple sponge to find a zesty, treacle sauce below. It's best served hot with ice cream. Little sticky fingers won't be able to keep away!

Easy treacle sponge

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What other goodies have you baked with your kids? Leave a comment below... 


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