The great cake bake with Hugless Douglas


On Monday the children enjoyed listening to the story Hugless Douglas & the great cake bake.  This was a book the children had selected on one of the visits they enjoyed to the library.  At the end of the book  the author had kindly included a recipe for Honey cakes.  They were so excited when Louisa suggested going shopping to purchase the ingredients needed.  The children then went out Monday afternoon with their shopping list ready for their baking the following day.





Making our yummy treats 

Louisa and a group of children prepared themselves and the area for baking.  All the children went to wash their hands and then got themselves dress in their aprons.  The tables were cleaned and the children selected their bowls and utensils.  Throughout the activity Louisa and the children discussed what the ingredients looked and felt like, if they had a sent.  They also explored where the ingredients may have come from eg, grown in a filed from an animal etc.

Mathematical language was used to discuss the weight, numbers seen on the scales and making predictions as to how many more scoops they would need to get to the right weight.

Each child had their own bowls so they had an opportunity to make their own set of buns.  Creaming the butter and sugar was the trickiest part and took lots of stirring, however a grown up was their to support them in this. 

Sharing our treats with mummies and daddies

Once the buns were finished baking the children were very excited by the delicious smells coming from the now cooling buns.  As a group they decided to let the buns cool down and then take them home to share with parents.  This was so they could share what a fantastic job they had done and possible share their yummy treats if they were feeling generous.

How to make honey cakes

You will need

  • 12 hole fairy cake tin
  • 12 cupcake cases
  • 115g softened butter
  • 115g self raising flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 115g caster sugar
  • 1 tablespoon of honey


  1. turn on the oven to 190C/170C fan/gas mark 5
  2. mix all the ingredients together really well in a bowl
  3. spoon the mixture into your prepared bun cases/tin
  4. bake for 15 mins or until nuns are golden brown on top.
  5. once out of the oven place on a wire rack to cool.


if desired you can add buttercream however we felt they were yummy without.




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