Easter has crept up particularly early this year, and if you’re like us, theres a big chance you may not be completely prepared. These simple Easter baking ideas and decorating tips will make sure that this Easter is creative and fun for the whole family.
It’s always nice to get the little ones in the kitchen for a spot of baking. And it’s best to keep it simple. At a time of the year that is busy enough, we don’t need any disastrous outcomes. There are plenty of fun ways to decorate that even the tiniest of hands can manage.
What is fantastic about holiday decorating is that you can take your favourites, the simple vanilla cupcake, the brownie and turn them into something wonderful and impressive.
No matter what age your little helper is – there are ways that they can be involved:
- Yes, there might be a slight mess but mixing and stirring with your assistance is great task for your toddler
- Arrange Easter eggs or sprinkles on cakes and other baked goods
- Sprinkling icing sugar
- Setting up all the baking ingredients on the counter-top
- Deciding the colours and decorating tools you will need for the recipe
- Mixing and stirring
- Decorating with chocolate eggs, sprinkles and other accessories
- Measuring out ingredients
- Setting the oven temperature
- Cracking eggs into the bowl
- Cutting and chopping butter or other ingredients
12 & up
- Kneading dough
- Greasing or lining baking tins
- Piping icing onto cakes and cupcakes
- Whisking, slicing, dicing. This is a good age to start introducing proper cooking techniques
After picking the recipes, it’s time to stock up on decorating items. These days supermarket baking isles are a great place to start for food colouring, sprinkles, chocolate treats and even decorating applicants such as pre-made cake toppers.
Decorating items – what to look for:
- Mini and medium sized chocolate Easter eggs – a combination of sizes and styles of chocolate eggs can look impressive on top of a cake
- Speckle eggs – these colourful additions can brighten any Easter recipe
- Chocolate shavings (you can purchase a regular block and grate to make the shavings)
- Colourful ribbon to be tied around the base of a cake
- Clear cellophane if you want to want to package up any of your treats as a gift
- Smarties, sprinkles, edible glitter or sanding sugar
- Easter themed cake toppers such as small fondant Easter bunnies.
- Pastel coloured cupcake wrappers (anything pastel is great)
Then for the kids favourite bit – let them get creative and involved in the decorating process. If you’re worried about the mess, a good tip is to cover your working space with cling film. This way – you can just peel away the film (and potentially many many sprinkles) to display a clean bench top.
For some great inspiration, these Copha recipes are as beautiful as they are delicious.