Friday, 13 July 2012

Olympic foodiness for little fingers: part two

Just so you don't think we're always angelic, fruit eating, tidy peoples at my Brownies, here are tonight's creations. Olympic flag cakes

Excuse the iPhone photos, I forgot to take my fancy camera to Brownies

For reference, Brownies are aged 7-10

Break the girls up into their Sixes, with one leader per Six
Flag cakes


Clean hands
Antibacterial spray for tables or placemats that can be washed
One traybake sponge cake
Glace icing
Coloured fondant icing: red, yellow, blue, green and black

Cake ingredients – one batch for a unit of 12

4oz butter (Sainsbury’s economy butter is the best and cheap)
4 oz caster sugar
2 large eggs (beaten)
4oz self raising flour

Glace icing

100g sieved icing sugar
2 tbsps water

Preheat oven to 170 degrees

Beat the butter and sugar until light and fluffy
Add the egg, and beat to incorporate, using a spoonful of flour with each egg.
If it’s not quite a dropping consistency, add some boiled water (just a spoonful or two)

Baked in a greased and lined roasting tin, for about 20-30 minutes this makes a flattish sponge (hence no additional raising agent) which, when cut into squares is a perfect base for flags.

Top the cake with the icing, make by beating the water, little by little into the icing sugar until you get a white paste. Smooth over so you can portion up the cake into 12 flag shaped pieces

If doing this with Guides it is an ideal Patrol cooking activity. Because Brownies is a shorter session and you need the cakes to cook to ice them, we made the cake and did the glace icing.

Allergy notes:

We use a dairy substitute (normally Pure or sunflower spread) if we have any dairy allergies.

This also works with gluten free flour, but may need some extra liquid – milk or water. Just add an extra tablespoon and see how you go.

Usual kitchen safety rules/ washing up apply

Olympic rings

Give each girl a small peice (about 2cm square) of coloured fondant icing, one red, green, blue, yellow and black.

Sprinkle some icing sugar in front of each girl for her to dust her hands and placemat/ clean portion of the table with

Get each Brownie to roll out her icing into a sausage shape and then make that into a ring

Lay the rings on the iced cake in the same order that they do on the Olympic flag. The girls can overlap their rings if they want to be authentic, but don’t worry if they don’t want to – it’s just about doing their best.

Put each ‘flag’ onto a slightly bigger square of greaseproof paper and ask each girl to write her name on hers. Put to one side, and make sure they remember to take them home!


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