I read a few - and see a lot - of recipes on ye olde tinterweb.
Cooking is something I enjoy, however, washing up is something I endure.
Add to that I am often cooking for just two, one of which has a tendency to turn his squidgy little nose up at things that do not resemble something he has consumed previously.
That is not to say, or type, that we do not try new things, but I tend to only stretch my culinary skills when we have more numbers to share those delights with.
However back to blog point, and post.
I thought I would add to the masses, and add my own ingenious instructions of how to bake.
So here is baking fairy cakes, the lazy way;
- One child, or I have actually been known to entertain two with this process. But I think if your adult to child ratio exceeds 1:2 the Health and Safety Executive requires you to apply for a permit.
- One overpriced box, containing sachets of flour, icing sugar, fairy cake cases, and – for optimum effect – décor embossed with someone, or something, so important that they require a royalty.
- Extra icing sugar, for when you realise the above ensemble has too little in, or that you do not have an encyclopedic type knowledge of spoon sizes and as such your initial icing efforts are a tad runny.
- One egg, and one measuring jug of water to check the freshness of such egg. If it sinks, it’s safe.
- Two mixing bowls, or the will to wash the first one as soon as it has been used to mix the cake mixture and egg together.
- Aprons, matching if preferred.
- Whisk, electric - if saving time in the mixing process is your bag.
- An oven (pre-heated to several degrees wotsit)
- A baking tray.
- Oven gloves (marginally more important than everything else on this list).
- Cooling tray, or something that can perform the same function as a cooling tray. I.E. Something that items will cool down on I.E. Any flat surface.
- The will to repeat the words ‘careful’, ‘stop licking that’ and ‘no they are not ready yet’, a lot.
- A cleaner, or at least double as much time on your hands that you have used to actually make these lovely things.
- And one person who looks like it takes every inch of his concentration to stop dribbling (see picture).
Executive Summary of easy cake making protocol
Full instructions will be available on the one size fits all box, so I will just summarise.
- Get all the ingredients into the bowl – keeping child, or children, out of the bowl.
- Spoon produce or arduous stirring/whisking unequally into the cases, this will ensure plenty of love filled arguments over who gets to eat the bigger cakes.
- Cook. Checking every time you hear the words ‘are they ready yet’ if only to steal yourself a few seconds of distraction, delaying the next time you will hear them.
- Mix icing – badly – while items cook/cool, remember items should be cooled on a specialist cooling device.
- Allow children to decorate cakes as they see fit, and question, at the end, if they can see at all.
- Finally, do not expect any yourself, unless you count ‘any’ as strays with the icing licked off, only disregarded once the children are full.
So basically, it could not be easier, and certainly any less fulfilling, if not actually filling - for the adults.
I owe a lot of this ‘skill’ to my home economics teaching mother, who, as you may have worked out, obviously threw me out of her classes for swearing and generally being a nuisance.
Thank you, and I am sure Green's Cakes would also like to say the same.
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