Monday, 27 June 2011

Exuberant baking

On Friday, O had a friend round after school.  They had baking plans.

O:   "We'd like to make some buns."
Me: "Okay - that's a good plan.  What sort of buns?"
F:   "Nutella buns."
Me: "Sounds good - plain buns with nutella inside?"
O:   "No - chocolate buns with nutella inside!"
F:   "And chocolate icing too!"
O:  "Yes!  And sprinkles!"
F:   "Lots of sprinkles."

Well, why not?  Subtlety is not really where it's at when you're 8.

Olivia and Florence's Extremely Chocolatey Chocolate and Nutella Buns, With Lots of Sprinkles
  • 175g self-raising flour
  • 115g butter or marg
  • 115g caster sugar
  • half teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 eggs
  • splash of milk
  • 2 heaped dessert spoons cocoa powder
Put all the ingredients in a mixer or a large bowl and mix together thoroughly.  Put 18 paper cases into a bun tin and put a heaped teaspoon of mixture into each case.  Then put a teaspoon of nutella on top of each blob of mixture.  Finally put one more heaped teaspoon of bun mixture into each case.  Bake in the centre of the oven at Gas 5 for about 20 minutes.

Nutella buns, waiting for chocolate buttercream to be piled on top

For the icing, mix together:
  • 100g softened butter
  • 200g icing sugar
  • 2 heaped dessert spoons cocoa powder
When the buns are completely cool, spread with the icing and decorate with lots of sprinkles.

Livvy & Florence's nutella buns

This recipe was easy enough for the girls to do by themselves, and involved enough to keep them occupied and absorbed for ages.  They made 24 buns with this mixture, by making them a bit smaller than usual and scraping out the bowl very thoroughly indeed. 

They are the perfect small, sweet treat with a cup of espresso.  Thanks, girls!


  1. That sounds like my kind of bun! Might have to try them. The cafe where my knitting group meets sells cinnamon and nutella loaf, it's delicious.

  2. Oh they sound delicious xx

  3. Wow, yummy! Would your daughter like to bring her friend round to my house after school some time?! Going shopping this afternoon, may have to pick up some Nutella...

  4. I am off to google recipes for Katherines cinnamon and nutella loaf now!! But the buns look very pretty and tasty too!
    I used to love baking cakes with my Mum when I was small, which I guess rubbed off..x

  5. I can feel my blood sugar going through the roof! Yum.

  6. You're giving eight year olds espresso?

  7. Thanks! School's just out and this looks like something to hold our 8 year old's attention for at least a little bit :-).


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