Kids In The Kitchen – Apple and Blackberry Shortcake

Hello and welcome to Kids in the Kitchen for this week.
We have a very special edition this week because it’s World Book Day.
Generally on World book day the kids dress up as a character from their favourite book. Last year we had the Gruffalo’s Child and Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz. This year, Boo is going to be Little Red Riding Hood.

Before I get on to this weeks recipe I’d like to say thank you to those who joined up in my linky last week.
J helped his mum on Rambling Through Parenthood to make a delicious nutella layered banana cake.
What could be nicer than chocolate covered fruit? See how D and Miss T get one with the chocolate fondeu on the Beesley Buzz.
There is also lots of yummy fruit over on Mummy Zen when the little ones get to work making fruit kebabs and Mummy Zen gives a delicious Strawberry, Apple and Almond Crumble.
Who could resist Vanilla Shortbread covered in chocolate loving prepared by Potato and Baked Potato Mummy?

Apple And Blackberry Shortcake.

One of our favourite books is called Ivy Can’t Wait. It’s all about Ivy the impatient iguana who is invited to her friends house for Strawberry Shortcake. Now, poor Ivy can’t wait to eat the strawberries and gobbles them up before the shortcake is cooked. Then she can’t wait for the cake to finish cooking so she takes it from the oven too early and it breaks into pieces. Then she is too quick to add the cream and ends up with a sticky gooey mess. 

It’s not a bad ending though, because her friend makes her some more, but she has to wait patiently until she gets all the way home before opening the package that contains her cake.
Now, we decided against strawberry shortcake because the Little Man really doesn’t like strawberries. Also, I had a can of apple and blackberry fruit filling that I need to use up. 
My Littlies had to exhibit a lot of patience while making the shortcake because after mixing it we had to put it in the fridge for half an hour. Well, actually, we left it a little longer while we watched Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs on tv. Sadly, my patience wasn’t so brilliant as, like Ivy, I took it out of the oven too early. It was still edible, just a little gooey on the bottom. Another five minutes would have probably sorted that. 


  • 185 g unsalted butter
  • 185g caster sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 275g plain flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • Can of apple and blackberry fruit filling


The Little Man measured out the butter and put it in a large bowl
Star measured out the sugar and added it to the butter
Then everyone had a turn at mixing until it was smooth and creamy
Star broke the egg into a bowl and the Little man mixed it up
We added the egg to the butter and sugar mixture and mixed it in.
Boo measured out the flour and the Little Man added the baking powder.
Everyone had a turn at sifting the flour and baking powder into the big bowl
We folded it all together, gently
Then we turned out the mixture, which was very soft and sticky and split it in half.
We wrapped each half in cling film and left to chill in the fridge.

We took the chilled dough out of the fridge and lightly rolled one half and placed it in the bottom of an 8inch cake tin.
We then spread the fruit filling over the first layer leaving a little gap around the edge.
Then we lightly rolled the other half of the dough and put it on top of the fruit.
Finally we brushed the top of the shortcake with a little water and sprinkled on some sugar before putting into the oven gas mark 4/ 180C for 35 minutes.

I hope you’ve enjoyed my World Book Day inspired Kids In Kitchen. Joining in is easy, cook something with your kids and share your post about it on my linky. Or even link up an old post, I really don’t mind.
I would love it if you would include my badge on your post so that others might see it and join in.


  1. March 4, 2014 / 8:45 pm

    what a great recipe idea and one that can be done all year round with the tinned fruit. I've got my post ready this week – just need to add the photos and will link up. x

  2. March 6, 2014 / 7:47 pm

    That look yummy! Thank you for sharing, we will try this!

  3. March 9, 2014 / 10:49 am

    Fantastic recipe – and you Little Red Riding Hood looks fab! Thank you for linking to PoCoLo x

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