Happy Easter weekend Smiley fans! Yep that’s right, everyone’s favourite long weekend is here – time to indulge in sun, chocolate, and hot cross buns! ^^

Easter Smiley meme chocolate

Having the kids around for an extra few days this weekend can sometimes be stressful for parents – especially with all that sugar coursing through their veins! Luckily our Smiley team have answered the call and put forward their favourite family baking recipes to keep your little ones busy for a few hours at least! 😉

Easter Cornflake Nests

Ingredients:

  • 50g butter
  • 100g milk or dark chocolate, broken into chunks
  • 3 tbsp golden syrup
  • 100g cornflakes
  • 1 pack mini eggs

Method:

  1. Kids: Weigh out all the ingredients first. Older kids can do this by themselves with a little bit of supervision from mum and dad, and little ones can help to pour the ingredients onto the scales. Put the butter, chocolate and golden syrup in a saucepan or microwavable bowl. Put all the cornflakes in another large bowl (you can pick up a fun Smiley one from Zak online here!)
  2. Grown ups: Melt the butter, chocolate and golden syrup in the saucepan over a low heat or briefly in the microwave. Allow to cool down for a little while before pouring over the cornflakes.
  3. Kids: Stir the ingredients together gently using a wooden spoon. Spoon the mixture into 12 cupcake cases arranged on a baking tray. Grown ups will need to do this for younger children (or simply arrange on a tray and let the mess happen!)
  4. Kids: Add your mini eggs to their new chocolate nest home, and put in the fridge to set.

 

Easter Smiley cornflake cakes chocolate

Easter fairy cakes

Ingredients:

  • 100g caster sugar
  • 100g very soft butter
  • 100g self-raising flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

For the decoration:

  • 200g very soft butter
  • 200g icing sugar
  • 1 pack mini eggs

Method:

  1. Grown ups:  Turn the oven on to 180C/160C fan/gas 4.
  2. Kids: Put a paper cake case in each hole in the baking tray. Put the sugar and butter (it must be soft or you won’t be able to mix it properly) in a bowl and mix it together. Add in the flour slowly.
  3. Kids: Break all the eggs into a separate bowl (spoon out any bits of shell that fall in!) and add them to the bowl with the vanilla. Mix everything together with a big old stir!
  4. Kids: Fill up the cake cases with the mixture using a spoon.
  5. Grown ups: Put the tray in the oven for 20 minutes.
  6. Kids: Mix the butter and icing sugar to make a yummy creamy icing (add your favourite colouring if you want to make it brighter!)
  7. Kids: Let the cakes cool all the way down. Use a spoon to put icing on top of each cake and spread it all evenly. Add your mini egg decorations, and your Easter treats are ready to eat! 😛

 

Easter Smiley Fairy Cakes Eggs Chocolate

Smiley biscuits

Ingredients:

  • 100g unsalted butter, softened
  • 100g golden caster sugar
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 280g plain flour, plus extra for dusting

For the decoration:

  • 250g royal icing sugar
  • Yellow and black food colouring

Method:

    1. Grown ups: Preheat oven to 190C/170C fan/gas 5. Line a baking sheet with baking parchment. Using an electric whisk, beat the butter and sugar together in a large mixing bowl until pale and fluffy (older kids can help with this but mum and dad may need to supervise to avoid a mess!) Gradually beat in the egg and vanilla extract.
    2. Kids: Stir in the flour, then knead the mixture briefly to make a dough. Divide the dough in half. (one half can now be frozen or chilled to make another batch of biscuits!) On a floured work surface, roll out the remaining dough to an even thickness. Using round biscuit cutters, cut out the biscuits until the dough is used up (you might need to re-roll the leftovers to make more!)
    3. Grown ups: Carefully transfer the biscuits to the prepared baking sheet and bake for 10-12 mins until pale golden brown. Leave them on the baking sheet for 5 mins, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
    4. Kids: Mix the icing sugar with 2-3 spoons of water to make a lovely smooth icing (not too runny!) Spoon most of the icing into a small bowl and mix enough yellow food colouring to make it bright yellow, then use to cover the biscuits and leave to dry.
    5. Kids: Mix the remaining icing with the black food colouring, spoon the mixture into a piping bag (ask for mum and dad’s help with this bit if you like) and carefully draw two eyes and a big Smiley face onto the yellow biscuits.

 

Easter Smiley biscuits icing yellow

 

Wow, just writing out those recipes has made me very hungry! 😛

No worries if you are planning a busy Easter weekend with no time for baking, we still have some Smiley seasonal treats from our licensees that will bring happiness to the holiday!

These delicious Smiley Easter eggs from Witors are made with rich milk chocolate and come with a surprise gift inside for kids – the perfect present for all those Smiley chocoholics out there!

 

Easter Egg Witors Chocolate Smiley

 

We also have a range of super moorish chocolate mini eggs from Zaini to bring joy to tastebuds over the easter weekend. Each one comes with a random Smiley collectible hidden inside, so see if you can collect the whole set!

 

Easter Eggs chocolate Smiley Zaini surprise

Well we are signing off to get baking in our kitchen at Smiley HQ, but wherever you are and whatever you choose to do over the long Easter weekend, we hope it brings you plenty of happiness! ^^