On a wet and miserable Autumn Saturday, five year old declares he’d like to do some baking. He ponders on the choice between cupcakes and biscuits – “you know, the ones with the jam in the middle”. Well, you know I am susceptible to merging the two so we decide to make cakes with a surprise inside them for when Mum comes home.
As he is mixing the batter, cracking the eggs and picking out the shell, he continues to lobby the idea of putting jam in the middle – a la the biscuits. So after putting a spoonful of batter in the bottom of the case, we add a bit of strawberry jam and then “hide” it by putting more batter on, a big secret from mummy. This creates fits of giggles and his little brain imagines a future of Mum biting into the cake and the surprise of her face as jam squirts out!
I couldn’t help myself and managed to sneak in a McVities Chocolate Digestive into the cake – well, they were winking and whispering to me from an open packet in the cupboard.
Excitement levels at this point were off the scale. A biscuit inside a cake! Jam inside a cake! “Can I eat it now” he moans. “No, they’ve got to go into the oven first!”. So he dives his head into the mixing bowl, licking it clean, and surfacing with batter in his hair. Cooking as a kid doesn’t get better.
Mum comes home and it’s a struggle for 5YO to contain his excitement and blurt out the surprise. Instead he decorates all the cakes with Octonauts sugar paper – further hiding the secrets within.
When the time finally came, the secret was out and his concentration was on Cbeebies and the infallible Justin Fletcher. He scoffed the biscuits inside cake cupcakes down in one, hardly noticing the oaty taste of one of the nation’s favourite biscuit.
- How to eat: biscuits (theguardian.com). Genius.
- Melting Snowman Biscuits (messymommyblog.wordpress.com). Clever.
- McVitie’s Digestive Biscuits (bandragirl.wordpress.com). Home-msde – Yum!