Quick and easy baking recipes to make with children

There has never been a better chance to take some time out of the day to entertain your children. While they may be tired of home-schooling, why not try some easy and delicious baking recipes for your children to help with?

From cornflake cakes to rainbow cupcakes, there is a lot of fun to be had in the kitchen!

Last updated: 23rd Dec 2020 at 11:46am

Rainbow Cupcakes


  • White cake mix (we used an 18¼-ounce box)
  • Food colouring (red, blue, green, and yellow)
  • Cupcake cases
  • Whipped cream (optional)

Food Colouring Amounts:

  • Purple = 9 red and 6 blue drops
  • Blue = 12 drops blue
  • Green = 12 drops green
  • Yellow = 12 drops yellow
  • Orange = 12 yellow and 4 red drops
  • Red = 18 drops red


  • To make this cupcake recipe, prepare your favourite white cupcake mix, then divide the batter evenly among six small bowls. Dye each bowl of batter a rainbow colour (with specific amounts of food colouring drops).
  • Grease a muffin tray with cupcake cases. Evenly distribute the purple batter among the cups, then the blue, following the rainbow order. As you go, gently spread each layer of batter with the back of a spoon to cover the colour underneath.
  • Bake the cupcakes according to your recipe directions. Before serving, remove the paper wrapping, and if you like, top each cupcake with a whipped-cream cloud.

Cornflake Cakes

We all love a cornflake cake, right? This is possibly the easiest and most popular baking choice with the kids. They are super easy to make and taste delicious!


  • 50g butter
  • 100g milk or dark chocolate
  • 3 tbsp golden syrup
  • 100g cornflakes


  1. Measure out the ingredients - place 50g butter, 100g chocolate and 3tbsp of golden syrup in a saucepan or microwavable bowl. Place the 100g cornflakes in a separate large bowl.
  2. Stir all the ingredients together using a spoon - simply spoon the mixture into 12 cupcake cases and place in the fridge to set.
  3. You can get creative and have fun by adding a variety of toppings, like chocolate eggs, sprinkles and much more!

Cake pops


  • 1 Leftover dry cake - or 1 cake mix box
  • 1 Can of icing
  • 1 Package of candy melts
  • 1 Package of candy sticks
  • Foam board - for placing finished cake pops in to dry
  • Sprinkles


  1. If you do not have leftover dry cake, bake a cake according to package instructions and let cool. 
  2. Use a food processor to turn the cake into a breadcrumb consistency. If you don't have a food processor you can also crumble the cake by hand. 
  3. Mix the cake crumbs with your icing - you want it to be almost like dough but not too sticky from the icing. If you find it too sticky, add a little more cake in and if you find it too dry, add more icing. 
  4. Then roll the dough and form into balls and place on wax or parchment paper.
  5. Chill the cake balls in the fridge for a few hours, or overnight.
  6. Melt your candy melts in the microwave according to the package directions. This is the step you need to be careful with as if you overheat, then add some shortening to it. 
  7. Turn your microwave setting down as low as possible and stir often in between heating. Let the heat of the candy melts continue to melt on their own before putting in the microwave again so you prevent overheating them.
  8. Then you need to dip the candy sticks in the candy melt mixture and place halfway through the balls. Allow the candy mixture to harden on the cake balls. 
  9. Dip in your melted chocolate coating and then let the excess coating drip off to one side.
  10.  You can also add sprinkles or any other decorations before the chocolate coating dries. Place in a foam board to dry if you would like your cake pops to be round.


Have some fun with the family whilst baking these easy and creative creations! 

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