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Les Petits Chefs make Jamie Oliver’s tea party fairy cakes for St Valentine’s Day

Making Jamie Oliver tea party fairy cakes on eatlivetravelwrite.comIt’s not often the Petits Chefs get to make sweet treats “just because” but I felt that this week, I owed it to their mums to show them how to make awesome cupcakes from scratch, in the hopes that some of the boys might use our day off tomorrow to whip up a batch as a Valentine for their mums ;)  Normally it irks me no end when people talk about “cooking with kids” and all they are referring to is baking. Specifically, cupcakes, quick breads and cake. Because kids can do so much more than those types of recipes. But there is a place for teaching sweet treats from scratch and the impetus for this came from wanting to show the boys how easy it is to make delicious cupcakes that don’t come out of a box. In under an hour from start to tummies finish. I chose Jamie Oliver’s “Tea Party Fairy Cakes” mostly because I loved the name but also because I was curious to try the glaze, made of just strawberries and icing sugar.

We started out making sure to read the recipe all the way through. So. Important. (and something I still need to remind myself to do from time to time!). The we weighed, measured, mixed…

Cracking eggs for cupcakes on eatlivetravelwrite.comCracked some eggs (no shell even fell in the mixture!)

Sifting flour on eatlivetravelwrite.comSifted some flour and wondered why we don’t call a sieve a “sift”…

Preparing cupcake tins on eatlivetravelwrite.comWe carefully prepared our cupcake tins…

And got to the fun part – filling them!

Filling cupcake pans on eatlivetravelwrite.comMiss Carter and I showed the boys how it’s a good idea to make sure each pan has a little mixture in it and then go back and add more, a little bit at a time, to ensure even distribution of the mixture (and even baking!).

While the cakes were baking away, we got to the strawberry glaze (apparently you can use other berries but we kept it simple this week).

We chopped and mashed strawberries…

Chopping and mashing strawberries for icing on eatlivetravelwrite.comThen we added in icing sugar to form a glaze, rather than a thick frosting. It was really pretty (and strikingly pink!).

The boys had a lot of fun icing the cakes (it was pretty gloopy!). Miss Carter had the wonderful idea of poking a hole in the top of each cupcake so the icing had somewhere to spread other than over the top of the cake onto little fingers ;)

Icing Jamie Olivers tea party fairy cakes on eatlivetravelwrite.comIt must be said that the boys had a blast making these. I’m sure you can tell this from their enthusiastic frosting endeavours!

Icing Jamie Oliver tea party fairy cakes on eatlivetravelwrite.comI happen to think these are some of the sweetest looking cupcakes I have seen in a very long time…

Jamie Oliver tea party fairy cakes being iced on eatlivetravelwrite.comI mean, if someone gave you one of these on St Valentine’s Day wouldn’t it totally just make your day?

Jamie Oliver tea party fairy cakes on eatlivetravelwrite.comStrawberry glazed tea party fairy cakes on eatlivetravelwrite.comAnd look mum(s) – not even that much mess to clean up!

Glaze icing for Jamie Oliver tea party fairy cakes on eatlivetravelwrite.comIf you have kids and are looking for a great tasting, easy cupcake recipe, you’ll definitely want to try Jamie Oliver’s Tea Party Fairy Cakes. Plus, it’s fun to say ;)

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10 Responses to Les Petits Chefs make Jamie Oliver’s tea party fairy cakes for St Valentine’s Day

  1. yummychunklet February 13, 2014 at 13:56 #

    What a fun idea!

  2. Geoff February 13, 2014 at 16:49 #

    LPCs – students with benefits.
    I think Mlle Michels directs the class with an eye to her own taste buds.
    Nicely done, boys.

  3. Coco in the Kitchen February 13, 2014 at 17:38 #

    So gorgeous! The glaze is brilliant.
    Happy Valentino Day!

  4. La Torontoise February 13, 2014 at 18:03 #

    I love so much reading about les Petits Chefs at work; such an adventure:-)
    And so vivid description.
    Thank you for sharing!

  5. Cakelaw February 14, 2014 at 00:15 #

    I think these look amazing – a boy who gave me a batch of these would win my heart.

  6. Paula February 15, 2014 at 15:30 #

    I’m sure many of these fairy cakes made it home to LPC mom’s for a Valentine’s treat and what a lovely treat they are. That simple glaze sounds wonderful. Very smart of Miss Carter to suggest making a hole in the cakes for that glaze to soak into.

    • Mardi Michels February 17, 2014 at 18:34 #

      Actually none of the mums even got a look in, I don’t think ;)

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