Magic Moments // First Bake Off

Magic Moments // First Bake Off

I’ve been meaning to do a bit more “makey-do” stuff with Harry so when I was out shopping and spotted The Good Dinosaur Cake Packet Mix, it was a complete no-brainer what our next mum and son activity was going to be. The Good Dinosaur was the first film that we took Harry to see and we all loved it. He has books, plastic figures and the DVD of it. I knew that our first cake making experience was going to be a winner.  The only question was “how much mess were we going to make?”.

Making Cup Cakes

He spotted the box before going up to bed and so I made a promise to him that we would bake them the next day.  When morning came his first words to me were “we make Arlo cakes now Mummy”.  He clearly hadn’t forgotten. So by 7am the oven was warming up, I had cleared us a safe space in the kitchen, and I had ripped open the top of the box. A promise is a promise.

My Paul Hollywood

He proved to be a very helpful bakers assistant. He helped me every step along the way; instructing me to stir things a bit more when needed, he put out the cases and told me how much mixture to put in them. He was very enthusiastic about cleaning up afterwards albeit that consisted of licking the spoons clean. He was the perfect Paul Hollywood to my Mary Berry.

Two Spoons

Trying to explain the different stages to him proved quite a challenge.  H could not understand that you had to wait for the oven to heat up, they then had to be cooked, they then had to cool down, and then you had to wait for the icing to set. And only then were they ready to be eaten!  For a little boy who had waited 12 hours to sample his own cakes he did really well not to throw a complete wobbler.

Good Dinosaur Cakes

For someone who last cooked destroyed a packet mix cake nearly 30 years ago in Home Economics they didn’t turn out too bad.  Harry announced that he was “humby” and so I let him have one. When he showed me his belly and declared it was still empty I let him have one more. When Daddy came downstairs later that morning I was proudly showing him the cakes when I realised that the numbers in front of me didn’t stack up. We made 10, he had eaten 2 and there were 6 left……

Arlo Cake Testing

Harry’s cheeky little smile – and swift exit – told me all I needed to know!


Harry’s Honest Mummy



  1. April 26, 2016 / 8:03 am

    Haha little sneak. That’s definitely something BattleKid would do. We haven’t ventured down the road of baking yet but I’m sure it won’t be long before we do and I’m actually looking forward to it. X

    • May 1, 2016 / 6:47 am

      It was much easier than I thought. Definitely giving it another go very soon. Hope you like it 🙂

  2. mackenzieglanville
    April 26, 2016 / 10:28 am

    aww he is so adorable!!!! I love this post it made me so happy. I love seeing kids baking, mine love it. And better yet mine are learning how to clean up when it is all done lol. thank you so much for sharing this, it really made my day #mg

  3. April 30, 2016 / 8:09 am

    How brilliant are you making cakes at 7am!!! I honestly applaud you because a I am a really bad cook and b it’s 7am. Just lovely photos and someone must have really enjoyed those cakes. 🌸

  4. May 1, 2016 / 9:25 am

    Oh, he is absolutely adorable!
    Only Mommy’s bake cakes at 7 am(: I absolutely adore baking, and have increasingly been trying to involve my 13 month old. I can’t wait for him to be as excited as Harry for it <3 #happydayslinky

  5. May 1, 2016 / 7:32 pm

    Hey, reading as part of #KCACOLS – thanks for linking. I love the pics of your son, he looks like he had such fun. Baking is something I wish I did a little more of with my daughter as she loves it so much. You’ve inspired me to try another packet cake mix next weekend! 🙂

  6. May 1, 2016 / 8:05 pm

    Yep, mine love baking but tend to eat as much as the bake! I use this as a great bribing tool to keep The Kid quite while The Baby is asleep. #KCACOLS

  7. May 1, 2016 / 8:29 pm

    Love baking with little ones! Nevermind the mess, they enjoy themselves. Even if they do eat them all! Haha.
    Also, your little man is so cute, and so is his t-shirt (I’m a hug magnet!)
    Sarah xx

  8. May 2, 2016 / 7:10 am

    Aww this is such a lovely magic moment! I love baking with my two and they are similarly good at spoon-licking (which is helpful otherwise I’d be doing it). Nothing wrong with sampling your own cooking too! 🙂 #sharethejoy

    • May 2, 2016 / 2:12 pm

      If it was butter icing he wouldn’t have got a look-in hahaha. Thanks for hosting.

  9. mummyfever
    May 2, 2016 / 7:19 am

    Ah my four love cooking and baking. I started them about 8 months trying to mix and touch ingredients and it went from there. We are always baking these days #sharethejoylinky

    • May 2, 2016 / 2:11 pm

      My husband is very pleased with our new shared activity as he gets to eat lots of cake 🙂

  10. May 3, 2016 / 8:02 pm

    Oh bless him, I love that last picture! We love The Good Dinosaur too, we call my little toddler Spot, because she’s a bit of a scruffy wild animal!

  11. May 4, 2016 / 8:23 am

    aww cute. we want to see the good dinosaur but keep missing the kids mornings at odeon. I love those cake packets but find they actually don’t make such nice cakes – in my opinion. always super dry. they are easy though and convenient for little ones 🙂 #KCACOLS

  12. May 5, 2016 / 2:33 pm

    oh this is beautiful – your son is so handsome – love his enthusiasm for baking and just in awe of his patience at waiting to sample his baking – impressive! Look forward to his next baking adventure – the next Jamie Oliver? #KCACOL

    • May 6, 2016 / 9:24 pm

      I hope he is 🙂 thank you very much for those really kind comments x

  13. Sara Handy Herbs
    May 5, 2016 / 3:18 pm

    Such lovely photos! I think it is so important to cook/bake with children. Next time he will know a bit more what to expect 🙂 Thanks so much for linking up with #KCACOLS. Hope you return next week 🙂

  14. fairyqueen
    May 5, 2016 / 8:36 pm

    aaahh didnt you both do well. I think that you came off lightly with having as many as 6 left. Really cute pictures and looks like a fab time well spent:) x

    mainy – myrealfairy


  15. May 5, 2016 / 11:23 pm

    Awe, so cute. Look at those pictures. It makes me miss my littles. Thank you for sharing, he did great! #KCACOLS

  16. May 6, 2016 / 7:42 am

    Haha, a sneaky cake thief! A boy after my own heart there 🙂 Well done – I’ve not had the courage to face baking yet with my toddler but I feel we should give it a go soon! #KCACOLS

    • May 6, 2016 / 9:26 pm

      Surprisingly – with a toddler – it was really quite stress free. I would definitely recommend it 🙂

  17. May 6, 2016 / 2:33 pm

    How funny that he snuck a couple of extra cakes! My boys love baking and the packet mixes are so convenient. Thanks for linking up to #HappyDaysLinky x

  18. May 6, 2016 / 4:35 pm

    Ahh that is so sweet!! I love the part at the end when you only see 6 cupcakes left! lol Such a cheeky little monkey!! Bless him!! He did really well though. I don’t think it was messy at all. I know what you mean about the waiting times. They just hate it!! I guess the best solution could be to have some cooked already 😉 although who is going to do that!! LOL He has grown up a lot!! He does look like a little boy now. He is gorgeous!! Thanks so much for sharing this at #KCACOLS. I’m so happy to have you back. It is always great to see you around!! I hope you joing us again on Sunday., 🙂 xx

    • May 6, 2016 / 9:28 pm

      I can’t get over just how grown up he looks in the photos. How did that happen so quickly?!? Thanks Franca for your kind words (as always) 🙂

  19. May 6, 2016 / 8:06 pm

    Those kits are fab aren’t they? I will have to keep an eye out for that one as G loves the good dinosaur. Thank you for sharing in #HappyDaysLinky xx

    • May 6, 2016 / 9:29 pm

      They are just so easy. We have definitely found a hobby we can share – as long as my waistline can take it. Thanks for hosting x

  20. May 6, 2016 / 8:53 pm

    I love baking with my two and these packs are great to do with them. Thanks for linking up to #justanotherlinky xx

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