After successfully trialling this recipe with Olive I decided I just had to share it with you. I was so amazed at how Olive (age 3yrs) was able to complete so much of the preparation independently. Olive had so much fun and she was thrilled at being able to prepare her very own cake. It was a totally different baking experience to our usual adult led sessions which often cause her to lose interest. Most importantly, we both VERY much enjoyed eating it! :)
"Yoghurt cake (Gateau au yaourt)" is a traditional French recipe that I stumbled across in a book, and is apparently the first baking experience that a French child might typically encounter.
For the purposes of measuring ingredients your toddler will use standard adult size single portion yoghurt pots, hence why the following ingredients list refers to "tubs of" and not your usual ounces or kilos. You will need:
2 tubs plain yoghurt (for a dairy free version you could always use soya or another alternative) 2 eggs 1 or 2 tubs sugar (I encouraged Olive to measure two tubs on the smaller size) 1 teaspoon vanilla essence (Okay - I assisted a little at this stage!) Just under 1 tub vegetable oil 4 tubs plain white flour (we used gluten free due to an intolerance in the family and it worked just fine) 1 teaspoon baking powder 1 tub flavouring of your choice such as dried fruit, berries, or our preferred option, chocolate chips :)
Oven 190 degrees Celsius. Grease 9 inch pan with oil.
Set out your packets of ingredients on the table and direct your toddler one ingredient at a time on how many tubs they will need (starting from the top of the list). Encourage them to give the mixture a stir in between additions. After they've tipped out the yoghurt give the tubs a quick rinse and dry so that the dry ingredients don't stick. You could always encourage them to use one pot for the wet ingredients and another for the dry, or, like me, just let them go at it and have faith!
Give the mixture a final "grown up helper" mix, and then pop your cake in the oven for 35 minutes.
Olive always likes to lick the bowl at this point.
After 35 minutes remove your cake from the oven, leave to cool, pop the kettle on and let the tea party commence.
You can even pick your colours and sizes, check out our Etsy shop to see what you will choose if you win and start getting excited!
So how do you enter? It's EASY. Many people will know that our main "hub" of communication is our Facebook page. We'd like you to show off our page to your friends by sharing the following image on Facebook and letting us know your favourite item from our accessories in a comment either here on our blog or on the Facebook image. Here's the image, and clicking on it will take you to our Facebook page where you can just click "share" and it will be shared with your friends:
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Meet Olive's Nan, our 100% cool knitting Nana! She may not
look or behave like your typical granny, but she has totally mastered all the
traditional skills such as baking, knitting and mending things. Olive has been
lucky to be in receipt of many a gorgeous hand knitted garment since she was
very small, and I decided it was unfair to limit such talent to one little
princess! So, now we have a super excited Nana on board, waiting with her
knitting needles in hand, to ensure all the babies and toddlers from all around
the world have warm ears, hands and knees!!!
Let’s introduce you to what our knitting Nana has been up to
Our teeny little fingerless gloves have been
uniquely designed with lots of extra length in the arm, both to ensure
that they stay on and to add warmth to the whole lower arm beyond just
the hand. As parents ourselves, we’ve found that Olive and Vince have
always fussed about having their hands contained within gloves, but
fingerless gloves have always proved a success for us, and we do love to
share our little successes!
Designed to add extra warmth to the lower
leg, typically reaching just below the knee. For younger children they can be
folded to achieve the perfect length plus providing an added layer for extra
warmth. Can be worn alone or as an under layer.
As we've had a calmer week this week after the massive rush of orders throughout July, we thought we would use the time to do some rather exciting preparation work. The first thing that we had been wanting to find time for was some new pattern work.
We couldn't possibly spoil the surprise by telling you exactly what we have been working on, but we are very pleased with our progress and we are hoping to perfect the pattern and release a NEW GARMENT in our shop soon!
Speaking of new releases, we've got another set of new items that are all made and almost ready to be listed in the Etsy shop. New releases always mean photoshoots, and the children were blessedly helpful (especially when we plied them with bribes) so we were able to get some lovely shots which you will see in the shop next week.
Vince helped to take some photos while Naomi helped Olive to prepare for her modelling session!
Other than new designs and pattern work, we have been preparing for an upcoming BABY FAIR by stocking up lots of our accessories. The fair, organised by Sophie of Under One Roof, is at the Phoenix in Exeter and will take place on Saturday 8th September from 10 am to 3 pm. This will be our very first fair and we are so excited to see how our items are received! This week we focussed on stocking up on our newborn size hats and our most popular bibs.
We love the size comparison of one of our newborn hats against one of our size 1-2 year hats!
Naomi had lots of geeky fun designing some new "Olive & Vince Money" vouchers that we will be using for the fair and other promotions. We're both really pleased with the way they turned out and look forward to getting the professionally printed vouchers back from our printing company :) It sure was a nice feeling to be printing our own money!!
Keep an eye on our blog for more news from our workshop, we will try to
keep you regularly updated on what we've been up to in our creative