Learning Infused Cooking with Kids: Rainbow Lemon Cake

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This delicious lemon cake recipe is packed with amazing science and mathematics lessons! Mix and create and any colour palate yours kids like, while measuring and counting the ingredients. This is a great recipe to help children learn to make predictions and experiment with colour!


What you will need:

150gms Butter

1 Cup of Sugar

2 Eggs

1 ½ Cups Self Raising-Flour

4 Lemons (juice and rind)

1/3 Cup Milk

Food colouring- Red, blue and yellow

1 Cup Icing Sugar


What to Do:

Preheat the oven to 180 C. Grease a cake tin. Mix together the butter and sugar. Add the eggs. Add the flour. Mix until smooth. Add the lemon juice and grate in the rind of 2 of the lemons. Add the milk.

Learning to make predictions is a skill, and helping children think about what might be about to happen supports the development of their problem solving and thinking skills. You can ask things like:

Why might we need to grease the tin?

Why might the mixture need some milk?

Other fun ways to inject a bit of learning into the baking could be to talk about where the eggs came from or taste the lemons and think up words to describe how they taste. Count the cups of ingredients, and use words like full, empty and three quarters full to support the development of early mathematics concepts. 

Pour the mixture into the cake tin.

Drop in four drops of red, yellow and blue food colouring- counting each drop. Guess what colours might appear when you start mixing the batter. Take a knife and stir the mixture gently around and around. Watch the new colours appear as you mix. Did your children predict correctly?

Put the cake in the oven and bake for 45 minutes or until firm. Put a skewer in to check if it is done.

Some more questions to help children develop prediction skills:

What might happen to the mixture after it cooks?

What colours might appear when you mix the cake?



Mix the icing sugar and the juice of one lemon together. Add one tablespoon of butter. Add three drops of red food colouring. When the cake comes out of the oven and cools; ice the cake.


This cake is delicious, zesty and moist. Enjoy with milk or tea!

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