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Cake Recipes for Children: Baking a Chocolate Cake at Home

Cakes are the centerpieces of a birthday party, and it’s easy to buy one from the cake shop.  Yet, it is unfair to only have cake on birthdays – cakes are easy to make at home, and can be a special treat all year round! Some moms might be a bit intimidated by the whole baking process, and so avoid the delightful experience of trying out different cake recipes for children. We think that the summer holidays are the perfect time to try to bake a cake at home. This will spare you any unnecessary expenditure for store-bought cakes (we know even tiny cakes cost no less than Rs 350), and you will know exactly which ingredients you are including in your desserts for your little ones.

You can also get your kids involved in the baking process, and they will learn so many valuable lessons from baking a cake at home. You can involve your kids in every step of the process. You could get them to choose from different recipes – do they have a favourite type of cake?

If you are planning on using a simple cake recipe for younger kids, then you could have them help you with simple tasks like measuring out the ingredients or sieving the flour or cocoa powder. Older kids might be able to follow all the steps of a recipe (under your supervision, of course) – a great way for them to take responsibility and practice following directions! Cooking can often be a bit messy – especially when using tasty ingredients like chocolate! Never fear – Surf excel is here to help you if your little ones get any chocolate stains on their clothes. Since you can trust Surf excel to get your clothes clean, you can relax in the kitchen and have a good time cooking with your little ones.

Here are two great chocolate cake recipes that are easy to make and delicious, too! The best part is that you do not even need an oven to bake a cake at home – most convection microwaves should do the work for you! One recipe is for the microwave, and one for the oven – the microwave cake might not be as fancy as an oven-baked cake, but it’s great if you want to have a quick dessert. And, since you aren’t using the oven, you won’t heat up the kitchen too much when using this simple cake recipe.

Simple Chocolate Cake Recipe for the Microwave

This recipe for an eggless cake is a great one for kids to help bake! It has been adapted from a recipe by Madhura from madhurasrecipe.com. This cake recipe is great because it only takes about five minutes to bake in your microwave!

Remember that all microwaves are different, so stay by the microwave while cooking.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1.5 cups of all purpose flour or maida
  • 3 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1 ½ tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla essence
  • 3 tbsp oil OR 50gm butter
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice

Instructions

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  • First, take a microwave-safe dish (remember that it shouldn’t have any metal on it!) and grease it with a little bit of butter or oil.
  • Mix the milk and sugar together until the sugar is completely dissolved.
  • Next, sieve the flour, cocoa powder, and baking powder into the milk mixture.
  • Stir this mixture well, making sure that there are no lumps.
  • Next, add the vanilla extract and the oil or butter, and mix.
  • Add the lemon juice and mix well.
  • Pour the batter into your dish and place in the microwave for 5 minutes on high. Stay by your microwave – if your microwave is very powerful, it might be done sooner.
  • Carefully remove the dish from the microwave. Place a toothpick or fork into the cake – if it comes up clean, then your cake is done. If not, then you should bake it for 2-3 more minutes.
  • Let the cake cool for 5 minutes before serving it.

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Tips

  • Power settings for each microwave differ, so use your judgment when baking this cake in your microwave.
  • Make sure to use a big enough dish – this way, the cake batter will not overflow!
  • If you want a sweeter (or more chocolate-y!) cake, then you can increase the amount of sugar or cocoa powder.
  • This cake is great with a scoop of vanilla ice-cream and chocolate sauce. Or, you could make a simple cake design for your kid – just dust the surface of the cake with icing sugar and draw a smiley face on it. Then, have your child do the honours of slicing it up for everyone.

Chocolate Cake Recipe for the Oven

This is a great cake recipe for kids and for grownups, too! It’s adapted from Melissa Hughes’s recipe at Kidspot.

Ingredients

  • 125g unsalted butter, at room temperature (it’s important that the butter is soft so that it’s easy to mix)
  • 2 cups caster sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • ¾ cup cocoa
  • 2 cups self-raising flour
  • ¾ cup milk
  • ¾ cup water

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Instructions

  • Heat the oven to 180°C, and grease a 20 cm or 22 cm cake tin. Lining the tin with baking paper is also a good idea – this will make the cake easy to remove!
  • Combine the butter and the sugar and mix until light and fluffy – this is called creaming the butter and sugar. If you have an electric mixer, this step will be a lot easier! Otherwise, just use a wooden spoon. This step takes more time than you think, so be prepared!
  • Next, add one egg at a time, beating the mixture until it’s well incorporated after every egg.
  • Next, it’s time to use your dry ingredients. Sieve the cocoa and flour into a separate bowl. Add the milk and half of this dry mixture to the butter mixture, and then mix until it is combined.
  • Next, add the water and the rest of the dry mixture to the other bowl. Beat until your batter is smooth.
  • Pour the batter into the tin and bake for 40 minutes. Insert a toothpick or fork into the middle of the cake to test if it is ready – if it is clean, then it is ready. If not, then bake for 5 more minutes and then test the cake again.
  • Let the cake cool for a few minutes in the tin, and then remove the cake from the tin and place on a wire rack.

This cake is great with your favourite icing! Make sure that you ice the cake when it is cold, not warm – otherwise, the icing will slide off the cake.

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Happy baking, and don't forget to try our gingerbread recipe, too!