December is here.. like, freakin finally! It’s the best time of year, party season, indulgence month, giving time and the happiest days are to be had right now. I’ve always thought Christmas was the most magical time of year, little did I know that when you become a mom, it becomes that little (a lot) more magical.
Spending a day baking with my favourite little is always at the top of my favourite things to do list. And now, adding Christmas into the mix with that, what could be better?
This is all you need, well that, and Christmas music, a few cake pans and some crazy dance moves then my friends, you are on to a winner.
225g self raising flour
225g unsalted butter
225g caster sugar
And some caramac chocolate buttons for good measure.
I put my little “please don’t make too much mess” head away and out on my “let’s go crazy” head. Which meant little E had free game in this little baking session. She LOVED IT! And so did I, of course.
She definitely made a lot of mess BUT it was easily cleanable and actually only took ten minutes to clean up. Sometimes, I feel like I may have hesitated so that things didn’t get too messy or she didn’t get mud all over her too that was my favourite or whatever, you catch my drift. I’ve realised recently that she’s just a child, she’s going to get food down her, she’s going to get dirt in her fingernails while playing, she’s entitled to make mess because that’s how they learn. And, teaching them to help clean up is all part of the lesson folks.
She helped with all steps of the process, from adding the chocolate buttons to greasing the cake tin. It’s amazing that allowing her to do the tiniest of things makes her happy. She’s such a big girl and it really is a bitter sweet moment making these memories with her. Why do they grow so fast? Blah blah blah, that’s a whole other blog post for sure.
I even let her taste the cake mix, what kind of childhood would it be if you’ve not been able to do that? She didn’t enjoy it anyway, but still. Memories!
I’ll admit, I had to give a helping hand with the cutting the cake because my OCD side came out. I didn’t want the gingerbread men to have broken arms, legs or heads! Besides, teaching them to take a little help every now and again is good for them right?
And here, are the finishing products. They actually taste delicious if I do say so myself. The Christmas music was blasting, we had a dance session while the cakes cooking and ta daaaaa, what a perfect start to the Christmas season. That coupled with a nap and Christmas movies in pjs, it really is a winner. I should definitely make this a tradition.
Mix sugar and butter together until made into a smooth consistency.
Mix in the eggs until all mixed in evenly then sift in the flower until all mixed into a smooth mix. Throw in the caramac buttons and spread into the cake tins, I just did this free hand and it worked out well. Cook for 10-15 minutes on 180 and that, my friends is as easy as that. Quick, easy and delicious.
Happy Christmas baking loves.