This afternoon I made these yummy chocolate hedgehog cakes with G which she thought were so amazing she named each one…before promptly eating it! These are easy to make and great for little ones to help with and get messy.
We used a basic sponge recipe that we use for all our cakes, it’s not healthy but is definitely delicious. The below recipe was enough for 12 chocolate hedgehog cakes.
For the cakes
- 4 oz caster suage
- 4 oz butter
- 4 oz self raising flour
- 2 tablespoons of cocoa powder
- 2 eggs
For the topping
- 2 1/2 oz butter
- 6 oz icing sugar
- splash of milk
- 1 table spoon of cocoa powder
- 6 glazier cherries
- 12 raisins
- chocolate matchsticks (you could also use Mikado or even chocolate buttons)
How to make Chocolate Hedgehog Cakes
1. Preheat the oven to 180 / 350 (gas mark 4).
2. Cream together the butter and sugar. If using an electric whisk make sure an adult does this part
3. Add the eggs one at a time and beat together. If it starts to curdle at this stage add a tablespoon of the flour.
4. Sieve in flour and cocoa powder and fold in with a knife. When cooking with younger children I get them to use a wooden spoon at this stage as they find it much easier.
5. Spoon one tablespoon of the mixture into each cupcake case and bake for 20 – 25 minutes.
6. When cooked take out the oven and leave to cool completely. You can test if they’re ready by placing a metal skewer of knife into the centre of the cake and if it comes out clean they’re done.
7. For the icing cream together the butter, icing sugar, cocoa powder and milk with an electric whisk (again get an adult to do this part).
8. To decorate the cakes we added the icing to the top of the cake, cut the cherries in half for the noses and the cut the raisins in half for the eyes. We then broke up the matchsticks for the spikes and pushed these on top.
These were so yummy we nearly ate them all ourselves but managed to save some for our friends for a play date the following day. If you do manage to keep them longer than a day store in an air tight container in the fridge for a few days.
Links to Learning:
- Maths – measuring, pouring, counting
- Literacy – reading labels on food packets
- Science – watching cakes rise, combining ingredients and changing consistency
- Understanding the World – talking about hedgehogs and the changing season
More hedgehog fun:
If your little ones enjoyed baking these then why not try some of the below ideas
- Create a hedgehog picture by drawing an outline on a piece of paper and gluing on leaves.
- Or instead of leaves use a fork to paint a hedgehog.
- Make some playdough hedgehogs. Whip up a batch of our favourite no cook playdough and add a selection of loose parts and get creative.
- Bake some hedgehog bread (shape the dough into a hedgehog shape, snip the top to make spikes and add raisins for eyes.
- Or check out lots more hedgehog crafts from Totally the Bomb