Kids Party Collection

From bitesize treats to show-stopping birthday cakes and all manner of sweet treats in between, these recipes are all you need for amazing parties!

Cheese biscuits

Cheese biscuits are lovely eaten warm from the oven, split in half and spread with butter, or eaten cold on a picnic or as part of a packed lunch.

Mini tortilla

The great thing about doing a small tortilla is that it feeds 4 in a tapas portion perfectly, but also allows the dish to be slightly underdone, meaning a gooey middle.

Chilli cheese straws

Choose a really good, strongly flavoured cheese for these crisp little twists. They have a wonderful bite of chilli and are incredibly more-ish.

Cheese & onion puff pastry pies

Caramelised onions and melted cheese encased in flaky puff pastry is pure comfort food.

Open-faced sandwiches

Otherwise known as smörgåsbord, this is the national dish of Denmark, where it is loved by everyone and often served as a do-it-yourself meal.

Cajun glazed mini chicken kebabs

These spicy little kebabs are delicious at lunchtime grilled, as directed or cooked over a barbecue. These go well with a mango salsa and maybe a Cajun rice salad made from a little cooked rice and lots of mixed peppers, chopped jalapeño, celery, red onion and fresh parsley. Alternatively serve with skewers of barbecued vegetables.

Magic crust pizza margherita

This is an ingenious recipe, which offers a very simple - and delicious - way of cooking pizza. You can be as creative as you like with the toppings.

Salmon & vegetable salad in a cucumber cup

These pretty, light, refreshing salads served wrapped in a slice of cucumber are stunning. They make a lovely starter for a posh dinner party or are fun to make with kids and so pretty they won't be able to resist them.

Crisp rice cupcakes

These simple no-bake cupcakes are great fun for the budding young chef to try.

Think pink cupcakes

Think pink while you’re icing and you will have a whole manner of coloured cupcakes!

Ice cream cone cupcakes

These cupcakes look like ice cream – but they won’t melt!

S’more cupcakes

Building s’more cupcakes is great fun for everyone. They require little fuss and effort, with a quick assembly and baking time.

Birthday cupcakes

This is an easy and fun way to personalise birthday cupcakes!

Strawberries & cream cupcakes

This recipe is great for lazy summer days when plump, sweet, and juicy strawberries are at the height of their season.

Chocolate mud cupcakes

These cupcakes are so simple to make, you won’t hesitate to make another batch!

Lemon butterfly cupcakes

You’ll love these delicate little numbers, which can be served with tea or as a dessert.

How does your garden grow?

Even if you don’t have green fingers, you can still have a garden atop a cupcake.

Macaroons

A simple, wheat-free cookie that is moist and keeps well.

Ice cream cookies

For a fun dessert or party treat, pile up a bunch of ice cream cookies on a plate, drizzle with fudge sauce, and then sprinkle with candies.

Layered birthday cookie

Create your own extravagant birthday alternative for a cookie lover.

Jam drops

These jam drops are simple to make, and perfect at tea time.

Lemon finger cookies

Serve these elegant, pale lemon fingers with a scented cup of Earl Grey tea.

Peanut butter cookies

Rich and creamy, these cookies are a real indulgence for peanut butter fans.

Snicker doodles

Snicker doodles are delicate cookies – but pile your plate high, as one is never enough.

Pretzels

These are great fun to make, and easy to modify – try dividing up the dough and making different flavoured pretzels.

Chocolate brownie gâteau

The perfect dessert that can also double as a birthday cake for anyone who finds chocolate brownies irresistible – and, let’s face it, that means most of us! Keep an eye on the brownie layers towards the end of the cooking time. If they’re left too long in the oven, the centres will dry out rather than remaining gooey and dark.

Spring flower cake

This light, fresh, lemony layer cake is perfect for celebrating Mother’s Day. Alternatively, make it as a gift to take to a spring lunch party or enjoy it with guests.

Vanilla whoopie pies

These biscuit-like cakes filled with marshmallow icing are an all-American favourite adored by kids and adults alike. Perfect for lunch boxes and parties alike.

Victoria sandwich

This is an all-time classic British cake named for Queen Victoria. Traditionally, it is split and filled with jam, then simply dusted with icing sugar. This version is made of two layers of sponge cake sandwiched with fresh raspberries, jam and cream.

Classic sheet cake

Sheet cakes are perfect for birthdays or large celebrations when you need a cake to feed lots of people. A simple iced cake covered with candles looks stunning.

Sparkling fireworks cake

This chocolate cake makes a great dessert or centrepiece for any celebration. Serve it as it is, or with cream poured over the top.

Strawberry meringue layer cake

This is a simple cake to make but absolutely stunning and incredibly delicious.

Brownie tart

This tart elevates the brownie from snack food to a sophisticated dessert.

Chocolate cream cheese frosting

As this frosting contains cream cheese, anything decorated with this tangy frosting must be refrigerated.

Chocolate buttercream frosting

This fluffy frosting is perfect for decorating children’s birthday cakes.

Chocolate glace frosting

This thin shiny frosting is perfect for drizzling on cakes, or it can be made a little thicker and used for piping.

Mississippi mud cake

This is a dense, moist chocolate cake that can be eaten as a teatime cake or as an indulgent dessert when served with whipped cream or ice cream.

Chocolate & lemon viennese fingers

These elegant fingers are perfect served with mid-morning coffee.

Mini fruit chocolate bars

An ice-cube tray is perfect for making these miniature bars of chocolate.

Banana & strawberry split pie

This easy-to-assemble dessert takes all the ingredients from the classic sundae and turns it into a kid-friendly summer pie.

Milk chocolate ganache

Ganache is a versatile, silky smooth, cream-based frosting that spreads and pipes. It can also be used to make truffles and fill petits fours.

Chocolate victoria sandwich

This classic cake is enjoyed by everyone, and is ideal for cake sales as it can be sold whole or by the slice.

Tropical fruit gateau

With a delicate coconut sponge cake, creamy filling and mounds of tropical fruit, this fabulous cake will bring a taste of sunshine into your home.

Chocolate peanut butter kisses

Loved by all and ideal for cake and cookie sales. The salty peanut butter gives these yummy cookies a distinctive nutty flavour.

Peanut butter biscuit & ice cream sandwiches

The biscuits can be made several days ahead and stored in an airtight container. Any ice cream can be used to sandwich the biscuits together, so just pick your family’s favourite.

Chocolate chip shortbread

The addition of chocolate gives a modern twist to a traditional Scottish shortbread recipe.

Chocolate & raisin oatmeal cookies

These cookies taste great warm from the oven and they’ll disappear before your eyes!

Spiral cookies

These are delicious served straight from the oven with vanilla ice cream.

Cheesecake brownies

This tasty cross between a cheesecake and a slice travels well and is the perfect dessert for a day out with the family.

Popcorn puffs

Crunchy and light, these popcorn puffs are quick, simple, and fun to make.

Ginger & lime ice cream birthday cake

This is a fabulous no-bake cake that makes an excellent dessert for a special birthday lunch or dinner. For a children’s birthday party, try one of the variations, such as vanilla or chocolate.

Chocolate roulade with chocolate cream & raspberries

Roulades make impressive and popular desserts and are ideal for parties because they can be made ahead and need no last-minute attention.

Jam and coconut squares

This coconut and jam combination makes these treats especially moist and chewy.

Jam doughnut muffins

The sugar sprinkled on the muffins, and the jam inside, make these taste just like jam doughnuts.

Giant chocolate & orange whoopie pie

For this party-size pie, a white chocolate filling replaces traditional marshmallow.

Blueberry jelly

Instead of buying a packet of jelly, make your own with real fruit juice and fruit so children are eating food that is good for them as well as being great fun.

Ice cream pizza with brownie base

The ultimate way to reward someone who has earned a lot of brownie points!

Almost-instant chocolate chip ice cream

This ice cream is almost a science lesson in itself. It is handmade in every sense, given that the best way to chill it is to pass it from person to person to keep it churning! Tips for success: have thick plastic freezer bags that will not tear and seal the zip-lock bags thoroughly (one leak and your efforts are in vain). Better still, secure the seal with parcel tape as well. And wear warm gloves!

Black forest gateau

This German layer cake is an absolute classic and makes a fabulous dessert cake for a party.

Chocolate velvet ganache gâteau

This is equally good served as a dessert or as a special cake to celebrate a birthday or anniversary. Let the ganache cool at room temperature rather than in the fridge.

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