Easy baking recipes for kids

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We’ve rounded up our easiest baking recipes for kids including Mary Berry’s iced fairy cakes, homemade chocolate digestive, and porridge bars too.

If you’re looking for something simple to bake with kids, we’re here to inspire. Our baking recipes are child-friendly and perfect for all ages, with a little help from you, of course. They’re aimed at children who are just starting to get interested in baking, and helping in the kitchen.

Teaching kids how to bake is a great way to get them thinking about food origins and how it's made. Plus with all the mixing and cake decorating (opens in new tab), it’s a great way to practise some key skills like coordination and counting.

And if your child is an avid baker it could be worth taking a look at our roundup of the best baking sets for kids (opens in new tab). There are some great choices that will make baking some of these recipes much easier.

First on our must-make list are these mouth-watering chocolate coconut party bites (opens in new tab), which you can see being made by our Kids Kitchen (opens in new tab) vlogger Sarah and kids in the video above. Make these sweet chocolate bites with coconut, ground almonds, icing sugar, and cover in melted milk chocolate. You can bake them in just 25 minutes.

For more inspiring baking recipes for kids, see below…

Easy baking recipes for kids

Mary Berry's iced fairy cakes

Mary Berry's iced fairy cakes

Mary Berry would be proud to see your little ones rolling up their sleeves and making one of her favourite recipes. This recipe may be from the queen of baking but it's actually very simple. Your kids are going to love decorating each cake with icing and sweeties.

Get the recipe: Mary Berry's iced fairy cakes (opens in new tab)

Butterfly cakes

Butterfly buns

These butterfly buns are a real classic to make with your little ones. Filled with cream and jam and topped with sponge 'wings', your kids can really get involved in baking these sweet cakes. Let them spoon the cake mixture into the cases, let them help cut out the 'wings' with a child-safe knife and add the jam.

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Annabel Karmel's chocolate orange brownies

Annabel Karmel's chocolate orange brownies

In just a few simple steps, you can have these mouth-watering brownies baked and ready to serve with a scoop or two of ice cream. The kids are really going to love making these chocolate brownies (opens in new tab), and not just because they're delicious.

Get the recipe: Annabel Karmel's chocolate orange brownies (opens in new tab)

Chewy chocolate oat squares

Chewy chocolate oat squares

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This serious easy traybake recipe takes just 15 mins to prepare before you pop it in the oven and the kids can help decorate the top any way they like. Go wild with their favourite chocolate bars chopping into bite-sized pieces.

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Basic cake pops

Basic cake pops

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Bake a simple cake, use leftover cake (or buy one), then blitze them into crumbs and mix with candy melts or melted chocolate to form little balls that you can push onto lollipop sticks and decorate any way you like. Go for a mix of sprinkles, chopped nuts or chocolate chips.

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Homemade chocolate digestives

Homemade chocolate digestives

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Chances are the whole family loves chocolate digestive biscuits and now you can make your own! Your little helpers can get stuck in with stamping out the rounds and covering them with melted chocolate.

Get the recipe: Homemade chocolate digestives (opens in new tab)

Sticky marshmallow and chocolate tray bake

Sticky marshmallow and chocolate tray bake

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Sticky and chewy, this marshmallow and chocolate tray bake is made with storecupboard ingredients includign Rice Krispies, but is so easy to make with little helpers.

Get the recipe: Sticky marshmallow and chocolate tray bake (opens in new tab)

Rolo cookie cups

With just six ingredients on the list and 15 mins in the oven, you can have these tasty little bites ready in no time. The kids are not only going to love making the cookie dough, they'll love eating them afterwards too.

Get the recipe: Rolo cookie cups (opens in new tab)

Annabel Karmel's banana butterfly cakes

Annabel Karmel's banana butterfly cakes

The kids are going to seriously love these butterfly cakes. Made with banana and topped with a sweet caramel icing, these butterfly cakes are perfect for parties and special occasions.

Get the recipe: Annabel Karmel's banana butterfly cakes (opens in new tab)

Porridge bars

Porridge bars

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It doesn't take much to make these tasty porridge bars. It's a bit of a messy recipe, but we promise the kids will have so much fun making them. Plus, they are packed with good ingredients like apricots, cranberries, pumpkin seeds and more.

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Animal cookies

Animal cookies

Cute animal cookies are made simply with vanilla and are super easy to decorate with writing icing and a steady hand. You can make all sorts of shapes, including these sheep.

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Easy chocolate cupcakes

Easy chocolate cupcakes

This simple method keeps fuss to a minimum and there's plenty the kids can help with. Get them to read out the quantities needed and help you make sure everything comes out at the same weight. Then, when you're ready, they can help fill the cupcake cases with a spoon. Finally there's the decoration, either follow our easy icing instructions for older children or simply used melted chocolate and sprinkles for younger kids if preferred.

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Hearty Smartie chocolate cake

Hearty Smartie chocolate cake

This recipe is perfect for older children who fancy their hand at a spot of serious baking, especially if they've been watching the Great British Bake Off with you. They can learn how to make a mouth-watering chocolate cake with our simple step-by-step recipe and how to decorate it with Smarties.

Get the recipe: Hearty Smartie chocolate cake (opens in new tab)

Maltesers cookies

Maltesers cookies

Made with a simple dough and packed with Maltesers, you just can't go wrong with these cookies. Ready in only 25 mins, these biscuits are perfect for a spot of Sunday baking.

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Weetabix cake

Weetabix cake

If the kids love Weetabix as their morning cereal, they're going to love this easy to make Weetabix loaf cake. It may take a little while to bake but this loaf cake is certainly worth the wait made with Weetabix, banana, sultanans, raisins, apricots and cherries.

Get the recipe: Weetabix cake (opens in new tab)

Yogurt cupcakes

Yogurt cupcakes

Pretty yogurt cupcakes and extra moist and filled with a surprise jam filling. Make a batch with the kids then let them decorate any way they like.

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Chocolate caramel cupcakes

Chocolate caramel cupcakes

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Chocolatey caramel cupcakes are going to be big hit with the kids. From measuring to decorating, your little ones can help out at every stage. These delicious cupcakes are topped with a rich chocolate and caramel sauce as well as your little ones' favourite sweets.

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Pastry pretzels

Pastry pretzels

Get the kids to bake their own lunch with this next recipe. This recipe shows you how to make a light pastry from scratch and how to flavour it with cheese too. The kids are going to love rolling out the dough and watching them rise in the oven.

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Rainbow cupcakes

Rainbow cupcakes

Help your little ones to make these impressive rainbow cupcakes. Colour each part of the mixture with a different food colouring and add into the cupcake cases. Your child's face will light up when you cut into them to reveal the rainbow layers.

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Annabel Karmel's farm animal cupcakes

Annabel Karmel's farm animal cupcakes

This recipe shows you how to make pretty little cupcakes as well as how to decorate them as fun animals! Watch their little faces light up as they make marshmallow sheep, pigs or biscuit dogs.

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Mini Victoria sponges

Mini Victoria sponges

Introduce your child to making classic sponge cakes by making mini versions instead. These mini Victoria sponges are ideal for beginners. Sandwich together with strawberry jam and cream and enjoy.

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Rainbow vegetable pizza

Rainbow vegetable pizza

Get the kids to help make the family dinner with this child-friendly pizza recipe. The best thing about this recipe is the simple base made with only two ingredients - flour and yogurt. The kids can shape it into whatever they like and top with their favourite veggies too.

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Peanut butter and jam slices

Peanut butter and jam slices

Peanut butter and jam fans are going to love these slices. This easy tray bake takes 15 mins to prepare and makes 12 bite-sized squares, perfect as an after school treat or mid-morning snack.

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Milkshake mice cupcakes

Milkshake mice cupcakes

Made with strawberry milkshake powder, these mice cupcakes are so simple to make and decorate. They taste like strawberry milkshake and are light and airy. If the kids aren't a fan of mice, they could decorate simply with shop-bought sprinkles instead.

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Custard thumbprint biscuits

Custard thumbprint biscuits

These custard thumbprint biscuits are ideal for making with toddlers as they're a really simple bake that doesn't take too long to make so they won't get bored in the process. They can also get their hands messy too.

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Jazzy shortbread biscuits

Jazzy shortbread biscuits

Jazzy shortbread biscuits make a fun activity for the kids to take part in at a birthday party or kids club. Roll up your sleeves and get involved too in the rolling, melting chocolate and decorating with sprinkles.

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Baked bean muffins

Baked bean muffins

If your kids are a massive fan of baked beans, they'll definitely want to make these savoury muffins. The perfect packed lunch treat or after school snack, these muffins can be cooked in just 25 mins.

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