School Holidays Rainy Days Survival Kit

Thursday, 7 August 2014  |  Admin@thevanillavalley



It's that treasured/ dreaded time of year again - six whole weeks of summer holidays to keep your little darlings (or devils) occupied. How about keeping them entertained and get them creative with some baking this summer? Especially perfect for those rainy days or when you can't take any more cartoon re-runs on the tv!

We've come up with some fantastic holiday baking projects to keep you entertained for hours and what's better yet, is we've got everything you need all in one place here at Vanilla Valley.





Make scrummy "cute as a button" cupcakes with your children this summer that taste as good as they look. Keep the kids entertained by allowing them to help with the cake mixture - one egg here, a special little stir there. When the cakes are in the oven and cooling, save the kids nagging by making decorations for your cupcakes. How about some yummy flavoured buttercream - Sugar and Crumbs have an amazing range of flavoured icing sugar and cocoa powder that will get little tastebuds watering for sure. Our favourites are Strawberry Milkshake and Chocolate Orange  (good luck with the "Who's licking the mixing bowl" fight!!)

**EDIBLE PLAY DOUGH** We've got tonnes of ready coloured sugar paste and cutters here at Wedding Acrylics that's sure to keep your little ones busy for hours - challenge them to make funny personalised cupcake toppers for your closest family and friends - they'll be so proud giving them to grandma and grandpa and we're sure you grown ups will get a giggle out of it too!! 

Don't fancy cleaning all of that up afterwards? Don't worry, we've also got lots of ready made decorations here that you can still straight onto the cupcakes and enjoy immediately!



Sugar Cookies are so easy and fun to make - and great little treats to enjoy for a few days later. With our brand new range of metal cutters from Guardini, keep their brains occupied with figuring out which zoo animal shape is which - or farm animals, sealife, there's lots to choose from. Let them create their own animals with edible play dough (sugarpaste) for hours of fun and giggles!



The list of what you can do with Candy Buttons is virtually endless. Available in a whole rainbow of colours and some scrumptious flavours, simply melt down in the microwave/ on the hob and you're ready to go. Our top picks of what to make with them are: 

  • Rainbow Rice Krispy Cakes
  • Chocolate covered Marshmallows
  • Cake Pops (the crazier the decoration the better)
  • Chocolate covered Fruit (Naughty and Nice)
  • Your very own Chocolate Shapes (Use some of our amazing silicone moulds for some creative chocolates and cupcake toppers)

If you are feeling adventurous and want to make a larger cake then be sure to check out Pavoni's fantastic cake mould collection - pirate ships, castles, dresses and robots, they are soo fun!! 

We hope these inspire you to get baking with your little ones this summer holidays. Who knows, they may become the next Great British Bake Off winners! Or at least it occupies a few hours and a sweet tooth! 

Whatever you're making, don't forget to share on our Facebook and Twitter pages - we can't wait to see what crazy creations you've been making!! Happy Summer !!


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