Tray bake by my daughter!!

My 11 year old daughter baked her first cake/tray bake yesterday, under the watching eye of the BFM!!A right of passage or a skill for life and an additional part of her lockdown education.

I made it easy for her by buying a ready to use Chocolate and Salted Caramel kit from Dr Oetker. It is a bit pricey at £3 but has all the ingredients and even comes with a disposable, paper baking tray!! All we had to supply were the 3 eggs, butter and milk. We decided to add a few extras like marshmallows, grated Dime chocolate and red food colouring.

My daughter assembled all the utensils and ingredients and followed the instructions to a tee. I have taught her to make sure she is fully prepped in terms of all ingredients, utensils and then to clean up as she goes along!! She also realised that a silicone spatula was much easier to use than the wooden spoon as recommended.

Great care was taken with the operation of the oven (H&S!!). The baking time was maybe 5 minutes too long and I guess we all know our ovens!! Whilst the bake cooled she whipped up the salted caramel buttery icing and added the food colouring. When cooled she applied the icing, marshmallows and chocolate shavings.
We did refrigerate the finished bake for an hour and then cut into 18 pieces (the serving suggestion recommended 12!!).The result was a very, very happy girl!! Suffice to say they went down a treat with a cup of tea during our movie night yesterday!!