Section: Literacy

Make some really easy pink cakes, based on the story Pinkalicious by Victoria Kann!

My three year old is into everything pink and girly at the moment and she is loving the story 'Pinkalicious' with its pink theme and illustrations. In the book the little girl eats too many cupcakes and turns pink, which even my one year old laughs at every time she sees the picture! We decided to make some of our own pink cakes using a basic fairy cake recipe and adding pink colouring, before decorating with pink icing (and a strawberry on the top - we didn't have any cherries!). 'A' loves cooking and these cakes were really simple for her to make with very little help at all. She remembered parts of the story whilst she made the cakes (saying things like 'more pink I cried!'), and when tasting the cakes she kept asking if she was turning pink - I think she hoped she was!

What we used:

  • 4oz/100g self raising flour
  • 4oz/100g caster sugar
  • 4oz/100g butter
  • 2 eggs
  • icing sugar
  • strawberries
  • pink food colouring
  • cake cases

Making the cakes:

  1. Preheat an oven to 180 degrees (fan oven around 170)
  2. Mix together the flour, sugar, butter and eggs
  3. Whisk together and add a few drops of food colouring until it reaches the desired colour
  4. Spoon the mixture into cake cases and cook in the oven for 10-15 minutes

This activity is good for:

  • developing independence and self confidence
  • learning about weight and measurement
  • developing sensory awareness
  • giving children hands on experience at predicting changes and observing how things change state with heat
  • teaching children life skills and how to use equipment in the kitchen safely
  • linking stories to real life experiences
  • recalling key parts of a story
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