Space is always a favorite theme for toddlers and preschoolers and making some delicious treats to go with this theme always goes down a hit. Back in 2011, these Space Rock Cakes were one of the first recipes I tried to cook with my toddler as they are so forgiving unlike a lot of cake recipes where accuracy is so important.
Based on a classic rock cake recipe that I used to make as a child we gave them an out of this world look with some edible glitter and gold and silver dust. This recipe has been tried and tested by our Facebook readers as one of their favorite recipes to cook with toddlers and at the end of the recipe, I have included a recipe for Gluten Free Space Rock Cakes courtesy of one of those readers who has been experimenting.
Ingredients for Space Rock Cakes
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Makes 6 large rock cakes or 12 smaller
100g/3 and a half oz butter at room temperature
200g/7oz plain flour
2tsp baking powder
75g/2 and a half oz brown sugar
125g/4 and a half oz raisins
1 egg beaten
2 tbsp milk
Edible Glitter (our space dust)
Essential Equipment Ideal for Cooking with Kids
How to make Space Rock Cakes
Pre-heat the oven to 200 C/400 F/Gas Mark 6
As J is fairly young (just 2) I measured out all the ingredients for him and placed them in deli containers with lids in preparation for mixing but with an older child or one who wasn’t on their 2nd ever venture into baking/cooking you could introduce weighing and measuring to them. I also set up the working area – our kitchen is in disarray at the moment so we used J’s little table in the kitchen (easier to clean up).
Put the flour and baking powder into a bowl and then added the margarine and crumb the mix with your fingertips.
Add the raisins and the sugar and stir together.
Children always love the next bit break the egg and whisk the milk and egg together to add to the mixture.
Instead of using a spoon J decided that to mix the wet and dry ingredients together he would use his hands. This recipe is great as both methods work just as well.
Divide the mix into 6 large lumps (tennis Ball) or 12 smaller (golf ball sized) and place on the baking tray with enough space to expand.
Put in the oven for between 13 and 20 minutes (this will depend on your oven and you are after a lightly golden color to the surface).
Once they were cooked remove and let cool.
Then Sprinkle with Space dust and enjoy.
Space Rock Cakes for Kids to Make
- Preheat the oven to 200C
- Add the flour and baking powder to the margarine
- Crumb the mixture with fingertips
- Add in the brown sugar and raisins and mix
- Beat the egg and pour onto the mixture
- Mix together and add a little milk until you have a consistency similar to cookie dough
- Line 2 baking trays with greaseproof paper
- Divide the mix into 6 large or 12 small cakes and space out on the baking tray
- Cook for 12 - 20 minutes until golden brown
- Leave to cool
- Sprinkle with Edible Glitter and Gold and Silver Dust
Gluten Free Space Rock Cakes
- 200 g Doves Farm White Bread Flour
- 100 g Pure Dairy Free sunflower spread
- 2 tsp Baking Powder
- 1 tsp Xantham gum
- 75 g Soft Light Brown Sugar
- 150 g Raisns
- 1 medium Egg
- 2 tbsp Preferred Alternative to Milk that you use for cooking If Needed
- Edible Glitter
- Gold and Silver Food Dust
- Preheat the Oven to 200C
- Add flour, Xantham gum and baking powder to a bowl and mix
- Add the margarine and then using your fingers crumble the mix
- Stir in the Sugar and Raisins
- Beat an egg and pour over
- Mix to make a cookie dough consistency
- Line a baking tray with Greaseproof Paper
- Divide the mix into 6 large cakes or 12 small cakes and place on the baking tray leaving enough room between for spreading
- Bake for 10 - 20 minutes checking regularly to see when they are done
- Take out and leave to cool before sprinkling with your glitter and gold dust
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