Kids in the Kitchen with Mason Cash

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Entertaining kids can be a slog at times, especially with good old English weather. Autumn half term in particular can be a trying week for parents who want to keep the nippers happy, but don’t want to be spending a fortune on days out or to get caught out in the inevitable bad weather. There’s only so much daytime kids TV anybody can take, so we need to get creative if we are to keep the monsters occupied without breaking the bank.

Baking with kids is a great pastime in the colder school holidays. It keeps them entertained, it doesn’t cost much, they learn a bit about cooking and you get to eat cakes and treats at the end of it. Winner!

We all know kids love to have their own tools for whatever task they’re turning their little hands to, and Mason Cash have come up with the delightful kids baking sets. Available in blue or pink, these gorgeous sets make great presents for kids who love to be in the kitchen, and they are a fantastic way of getting them involved and helping out, safe in the knowledge that they have their very own baking kit.

The Gingerbread Baking Set includes a gorgeous pastel blue bowl, with embossed gingerbread men around the outside, a mini rolling pin and wooden spoon and a gingerbread cookie cutter. The Fairy Cake baking set includes a pink bowl, with embossed fairies in place of the gingerbread men, a miniature silicone spatula and reusable silicone cupcake cases. These cute kids’ mixing bowls are crafted to the exact same standard as the iconic Mason Cash cane mixing bowl, with fun twists to make them even more appealing to the little ones. The heavy earthenware clay helps make sure the bowl doesn’t slip during mixing, while the size is perfect for small hands to keep hold of and get the job done properly.

fairy cupcake set

If you need a good, easy recipe for the kids to follow, why not try one of the following:

Gingerbread Men – From BBC Food


350g/12oz plain flour, plus extra for rolling out
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
2 tsp ground ginger
1 tsp ground cinnamon
125g/4½oz butter
175g/6oz light soft brown sugar
1 free-range egg
4 tbsp golden syrup

To decorate:

Writing icing
Cake decorations


Sift together the flour, bicarbonate of soda, ginger and cinnamon and pour into the bowl of a food processor. Add the butter and blend until the mix looks like breadcrumbs. Stir in the sugar.

Lightly beat the egg and golden syrup together, add to the food processor and pulse until the mixture clumps together. Tip the dough out, knead briefly until smooth, wrap in clingfim and leave to chill in the fridge for 15 minutes.

Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas 4. Line two baking trays with greaseproof paper.

Roll the dough out to a 0.5cm/¼in thickness on a lightly floured surface. Using cutters, cut out the gingerbread men shapes and place on the baking tray, leaving a gap between them.

Bake for 12-15 minutes, or until lightly golden-brown. Leave on the tray for 10 minutes and then move to a wire rack to finish cooling. When cooled decorate with the writing icing and cake decorations.

gingerbread bowl set

Simple Fairy Cakes – From


100g butter
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
100g unrefined golden caster sugar
100g self raising white flour

For the icing:

50g butter
100g icing sugar

Sprinkle decorations


Preheat the oven to 170C/Gas 3.

Whisk together the butter, eggs and vanilla extract.

Add the sugar and flour and mix until well blended.

Spoon the mixture into your baking cases and bake for 15-20 minutes until golden on top. Insert the tip of a knife into the cakes and it should come away clean if they are ready.

Allow to cool on a rack. Once cooled draw a sharp knife, slightly in at an angle around the top so you cut a little section away. Cut it in half to make wings.

To make the icing, slightly warm the butter to soften and add the icing sugar a little at a time until all of the icing sugar is incorporated.

Spoon the icing onto each cake, making sure to place the wings at angles into the butter icing. Dot the sprinkles over each cake.

Industrial Kitchen Trends: Our Love Affair with Shades of Copper and Grey

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As retailers of awesome kitchen ware, here at Silver Mushroom there is always a bit of a buzz in the office when it comes to finding out the latest kitchen trends and seeing the new products launched in conjunction with these. I have to confess I do have a nasty (and by nasty, I mean wonderful) habit of revamping my kitchen twice a year to keep up with changing trends. My excuse is that I like to test the products I work with, of course! The past few years have seen a lot of natural, neutral colours mixed with soft curves and natural wood, giving way to a bolder palette of deep plums, greens and other rich natural inspired shades, toward the end of 2014. Neutrals, naturals, rustic and soft. And, it’s been lovely. But every now and again, a new trend sneaks in that tips up the proverbial apple cart, and screams “Here I am, polish off your credit cards because it’s time to remodel the house!” Enter Autumn/Winter 2015’s industrial trend. Forget soft curves, forget off-whites and neutrals and definitely forget “pretty”. This season, and hopefully for the foreseeable future, it’s about metallics, open bricks, hues of grey, bold blacks and a strong industrial vibe that can look incredible in old or new kitchens.

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Feast your eyes on our latest collection of cocktail accessories, a luxurious collection of copper drink ware, simply perfect for entertaining at home. We love a good dinner party, and what better way to start or finish an evening with friends or family than with some classic cocktails? Bar Craft’s Luxe Lounge range offers everything you need to make and serve up professional cocktails, in true style for those special occasions.

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Her BWBO recipe has been heavily influenced by contestant Tamal’s creation on the show. After almost dropping his pie on last week’s episode and finally winning Star Baker, we think Rebecca’s homage will really be the icing on the cake for him!

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