Before you curl up in front of The Great British Bake Off, inspire mini bakers with our pick of the best kids’ classes and bakeries in London
Since the invention of the “Cronut” in May 2013, Britain’s baking mania has reached a sugary high, with the wondrous likes of Duffins, Townies and Crookies being added to the mix – for those of you yet to get to grips with the latest baking lingo, that’s donut-muffins, tart-brownies and croissant-cookies in layman’s terms.
But of course, the icing on the cake has to be our national love of The Great British Bake Off – 7.7 million people tuned into Channel 4 for the 2017 GBBO final, despite of judge Prue Leith accidentally revealing the winner too early on Twitter.
Baking is a wonderful obsession, and definitely one we should share with the next generation. So, whether you intend on getting messy in the kitchen with your little ones or passing it over to the professionals, we’ve put together a selection of the best products, classes and bakeries for you to explore.
If the British weather isn’t playing ball, and yet another cold and wet day is on the horizon, take your little Londoner to Violet Cakes, curl up in the cosy café and enjoy an afternoon of mini treats. With humble beginnings as just a stall on Broadway Market, this place is now a must visit for cake lovers.
Born in Shoreditch, BKD London now runs very messy and brilliantly creative baking classes for kids all over the capital, from the trendy Hoxton Hotel to Fortnum’s. Possibly the edgiest baking company out there, founder Adele is a mum herself and knows exactly what kids want. Plus they have a fantastic selection of at-home baking kits, with an end result that your kids will be proud of.
The original kids baking company, Cookie Crumbles know what they’re doing. Check out their children’s baking courses and parties, or branch out and challenge your little ones to one of their proper cooking courses. And if you’re short on time, pick up one of their super easy baking mixes.
Biscuiteers’ enchanting shop front says it all – a cosy, magical setting where kids can enjoy the delights of biscuit decorating. David Beckham is a fan, and seeing as classes are for all ages, so are we! The best bit? They now have two boutiques – in Notting Hill and on the Northcote Road – so entertaining your children couldn’t be easier!
If you’ve got a flock of little ones in need of entertaining, then look no further! Making the thought of entertaining two dozen boys and girls significantly less daunting, Busy Bakers has everything covered from the invitations to the special day itself, you can leave the planning to them. busybakerssupplies.com
Another great escape when you’re craving something sweet, Lily Vanilli is a small East London bakery with some truly mighty treats. One of the most sought-after artisan bakers in the capital, her glorious, towering designs of iced loveliness will be just the thing to get your mini baker’s imagination whirling!
The new series of The Great British Bake Off starts tonight at 8pm on Channel 4.
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