Treats to bake with your little ones this Easter

Easter is a great time for families and indulging in things that you might not usually make as treats for you or your kids. Easter eggs are great, but baking is a fun activity that you can include all of your family in,without having to dip into your overdraft or take out a loan for. It’s always really rewarding to eat something that you made yourself and not bought from the local supermarket.

Cornflake Nests

Cornflake nests are by far the easiest Easter treat to make. All you need is:

  • 100g milk chocolate (or dark, or white)
  • 2tbsp golden syrup
  • 75g cornflakes
  • 50g butter
  • Cupcake cases

Melt the chocolate, syrup, butter in a pan on a low heat, and then stir the mixture together with the cornflakes in a bowl. Separate into cupcake cases. Decorate however you want (we recommend mini eggs), and pop them in the fridge to set for an hour or two.

Easter Chocolate Slab

A chocolate slab is a fun, easy to make alternative to standard Easter chocolate.

  • 150g white chocolate
  • 150g dark chocolate
  • Lime green gel food colouring
  • Easter decorations (sugar flowers, rainbow sprinkles etc.)

Melt the dark chocolate in a pan on a low heat. Once melted, pour it onto the centre of a baking tray lined with baking parchment. Carefully spread the chocolate to form a rectangle. Leave it to set.

Repeat the melting process with the white chocolate. Add the food colouring (around 35 drops give a pale green shade). Pour the white/green chocolate over the set dark chocolate and spread it out.

Decorate the slab and refrigerate to set. Break it into pieces to serve.

Cake Pops

A versatile and colourful alternative to a normal cake.

  • A cake of any type
  • A tub of frosting
  • Candy melts or chocolate
  • Easter decorations
  • Lollipop/cake pop sticks

First, bake any kind of single tier cake. Break it up into crumbs, and mix in a small tub of frosting until the batter sticks together in a single moist lump.

Roll the batter into small balls,and set aside.

Melt a bowl of candy melts in any colour, or chocolate. This can be done in a pan on a low heat, or in the microwave in intervals.

Grab a cake pop stick, dip the end in the melted chocolate or candy melts, and then push it into the cake pop. Lower the cake pop into the bowl of melted chocolate/candy melts and use a spoon to cover it. Finally, dip it in your decorations.

If you don’t have a cake pop holder, you can use a foam block, or just lie them on their sides on parchment paper if you don’t mind that they won’t be entirely round. Put them in the fridge to set.

Quick and easy tips for Easter treats

  • If you don’t have time to bake, buy some plain cupcakes to decorate at home.
  • Plain Easter eggs can be fun to decorate using icing pens.
  • Cornflake cakes can be substituted for rice crispy cakes, and they work just as well.
  • If you don’t have time to make cake pops, try using marshmallows in place of the cake and frosting mix.

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