Baking With Children and Capturing Those Moments…

Before I became a mum I always pictured myself in the kitchen with my children baking. I love to bake and it’s something that I would love to pass onto my children.

As soon as Alice was old enough I started baking with her, I think her first attempt was a chocolate cake for daddy. She loved it from day one and it became something that we did regularly. Since Holly arrived we haven’t done as much baking as I would like, having two children makes like a lot more busy and hectic. But, we would still make sure we did it every couple of weeks while Holly was napping.

With Alice on half term recently, it was a great opportunity to bake with her. With Easter coming up and all the lovely Easter eggs in the shop, it only seemed right that we made an Easter cake. Of course Alice then thought it was actually Easter and wondered where her egg was! But I explained that this can be a practice cake.

Over the years I’ve always wanted to capture these moments, send a picture to daddy to let him know we are baking him another cake. To capture the look of happiness that Alice has when she is doing something she loves.

And to also capture her creations. As Alice has got older I try really hard to not take over, to let her imagination be free. To see past the mess and the fact that the eggs are not all neatly in a row.

Taking photos of food is not something that I would say I am expert on, but here is a bit of advice for capturing those moments…

  • You don’t always need to have your child’s face in the photo, it’s great to see what they are actually creating as well.
  • I found that by doing the decorating of the cake over on the table, it gives you more space to work with. Plus you don’t have all the mess from the baking in your photo.
  • Try and get as much natural light as you can.
  • Think about how you display your food, this can make a real difference too.
  • Of course you need to make sure you capture that all important photo of your child holding their finished cake.
  • And the tip that you need most of all, keep your camera in the camera case when you are not using it. No one wants to see it end up covered in flour! If you are on the look out for somewhere safe to store your camera, take a look at The Case Farm.

Do you like to bake with your children? Any tips for capturing those moments, I would love to hear them…

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  1. 05/03/2017 / 20:29

    Ahh look at her little face! You can definitely see how proud she is of her cake. You’d be horrified if you saw the state of my camera haha. Mine is the one covered in flour and sand and sticky fingerprints, its quite disgusting. I could do with one of those camera cases for sure xx
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  2. 05/03/2017 / 23:16

    Well that cake looks delicious! I am terrible when it comes to easter, I love all of the chocolate. Alice certainly looks like she enjoyed baking and decorating her cake. I am really bad for taking pictures in the kitchen with the mess behind us and usually end up with my camera covered in all sorts. I’ll need to take your tips on board!

  3. 06/03/2017 / 10:09

    I love baking with my five year old but now that there is a one year old running around we don’t get to bake as much as I would like. The cake looks fab and she looks so proud of it.
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  4. 06/03/2017 / 10:20

    I have fond memories of baking with my grandmother and wish I was a better cook and a tidier cook for that matter! Great tip about covering the camera up. I must do that!

  5. 07/03/2017 / 10:30

    Baking with kids is so fun & there is so much learning in it for the kiddies & for the parents too. Your cake turned out beautiful! I love your tips for capturing the moment, they are right on point. Great tip to keep the camera safe in its case when not in use! x
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  6. 07/03/2017 / 11:37

    Her cake looks brilliant. I need you to teach me how to bake 😉 I’m really not a natural in the kitchen at all… more of a disaster.

    Stevie x
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  7. 07/03/2017 / 22:13

    That cake looks very yummy, the more eggs the better I would say. I use to love baking before having children although I’ve not really done much baking with Monkey. I definitely feel inspired to make an Easter Cake this year although I suspect Monkey will eat most of the eggs! My camera is in a terrible state, last time I checked it had white paint on it from our last craft project so maybe I should look at getting a better case.
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  8. 08/03/2017 / 18:52

    I cannot tell you how many times my camera has ended up covered in flour! Oh my goodness that cake! All the heart eyes for that – just pop some in the post for me won’t you? x
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