So last week my toddler’s teacher asked if we could fulfil the bakerman role that Friday. Fortunately I had avoided this with my son – his schools never followed the
trauma joy that is bakerman day. Our wonderful teacher must have noticed the colour leave my face, because she told me that I didn’t have to bake – I could bring in store-bought cupcakes, or ice lollies, or basically anything.
But, history tells me that this is not the done thing. For years I’ve seen beautiful bakerman creations on Facebook and Instagram, and for our first time round, we wouldn’t be taking shortcuts (plus I had a public holiday to prepare something).
The thing is, I love baking and I’m not awful at it. I seldom do it just for us at home because then I eat all the things. And when I do, I scour cookbooks and the internet, and I ask myself tens of questions. Such as: “Is this really the best recipe?”, “Are all these reviews real?”, “Is Nigella as good at cupcakes as she is at cheesecake?”, “Will the children eat it if it’s not chocolate?”, “Can I get away with not decorating this?” (I’m a poor decorator, so cupcakes are usually not an option), “What will happen if I use milk chocolate instead of dark chocolate?”. And so on.
So the bakerman day left me with lots of questions, and so I turned to Facebook:
Facebook did not disappoint. There was support, there were ideas, and there were tips and instructions. I’ve decided to share them here, for when (if) you ever need them (dozens of recipes for each one can be found online)
- Smores. Use either Marie biscuits or digestive biscuits and marshmallows. If you want pretty, use icing and whatever sprinkles grab your fancy.
- Snowflake’s vanilla muffin mix drizzled with icing and an overabundance of sprinkles.
- Marie biscuit creations (crushed up with melted chocolate, topped with sprinkles and set in the fridge).
- Fruit kebabs
- Rice Krispie treats
- Melting Snowman biscuits (I’d never heard of this, but you take half a white marshmallow and stick it onto a Marie biscuit with royal icing, with eyes drawn on with edible marker pen and a little orange nose made out of a tiny piece of cut-up gummy sweet, and chocolate chips for buttons).
- Store-bought mini muffins and decorated at home
- Bags of popcorn
- Chocolate-covered bananas
- Butter biscuits cut into shapes
- Clown cones
- Chocolate-covered marshmallows on sticks
- Marie biscuits with Jelly Tots or Smarties stuck on with icing
PS: Next week I’ll feature the recipe from what we made