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Healthy Fairy Cakes?? - Children's party food tips.
Member Name: BabyGirl08x
Advantages: Better for your children that the usual junk.
Disadvantages: Your children may notice your tricking them into eating healthy foods.. beware!
Children's birthday parties. What do they mean to you?
Balloons, photographs, banners and party poppers?
Screaming, shouting, kicking and laughing?
Money, money, money and money?
Fats, sugars, E numbers and colourings swimming around your children's digestive system?
Some may say the money is their biggest problem. Well, if you can't afford the party, don't throw it. But for those who can afford it, do you ever worry about yourself's, and other's children's health? Every child's idea of a great party is games, prizes and friends. Although, the best part, would be the cakes and sweets. You have to treat the children, it's only one day a year! But, wouldn't we rather we took the healthier option. Well let's start with some fairy cakes.
Healthy Fairy Cakes.
Buying cakes from packets, contain lots of sugars, fats and colourings. So, make them yourself!
Here the benefits the ingredients you will be using, contain.
Wholemeal self raising flour.
Wholemeal is a great source of fibre, and is good for the bowels. It helps the prevention of bowel cancer, this isn't common for children, but a diet with lack of whole meal can cause problems in the near future.
Margarine - light.
Margarine makes us think.. fat! Its a simple fact that margarine is a fatty food. However, there's no cakes without margarine.. so! Do it lighter! This will contain less saturated salts and fats than normal margarine!
Avoid: Flora pro-activ and Benecol
Uh-oh! Not very good now is it? Don't worry, this is the reduced amount of sugar you would use in normal fairy cakes.
We'll Add A Little Cinnamon to sweeten.
Well, It's cakes.. you need eggs!
If your crafty enough, try and hide some dried fruit in there.
*Collect the following*
1 Small Bowl
(make the holders as fancey and decorative as possible)
Making 12 of these fairy cakes...
1. Preheat oven to 180/Gas Mark 4
2. Weigh out the sugar (75g - use less if you wish) and margarine(150g) in 1 bowl.
3. Using the back of your wooden spoon, beat the two together. Try and tilt the bowl to the side. This method is called creaming. Do this until the mixture is fluffy.
4. Put (3) eggs in small bowl. Whisk with fork.
5. Then, mix the egg in with the creamed sugar and margarine, adding the egg, IN BITS AT A TIME.
6. Add in all the wholemeal flower. Mix Together.
7. Now, add in a few drops of cinnamon. This is not essential, but replaces the flavour which reducing sugar takes out.
8. If you wish add in some dried fruit. This is really recommended, as, doing this adds in an extra benefit to the cakes.
9. Place the twelve cake holders on a baking tray, add equal amounts of mixture to each cup.
10. Place in the oven for 15 minutes, ensure the cakes have cooled before serving.
Try adding designs, like two slices of bananas for butterfly wings, or, smiley shapes or faces cut out of fruit, if their for a children's party, they have to look eye-catching.
*Extra Party Snacks*
A few minor adjustments to the usual party foods.
- Mcvities Mini cheddars
(in replacement to crisps)
- Home made ice cream & fruit.
(in replacement to fatty chocolate and tubed ice-creams)
- Oven-cook mini sausages
(in replacement to fried)
- Freezing fresh fruit juices into ice-lollies
(in replacement to bought ice-lollies full of E Numbers)
- Changing sandwiches around
(brown bread instead of white)
(low fat fillings)
- Sugar-free lollies
(they're actually quite good)
- Using dark chocolate in replacement to milk.
(Melted and added into things makes it unnoticeable)
- Reducing the number of sweets used.
(Using more fruit and dairy products)
You would be surprised how beneficial they are to your children, and, other children's parents will appreciate it too.
I make healthy fairy cakes all the time, I love them myself, and, the nieces and nephews see it as such a treat to be getting cakes. But, little do they know there getting goodness too. Mwahahaha. Anyway, treat your children once and a while to the odd treat, just make the treat as healthy as possible!
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