The Great Mud Bake Off


My kids love any kind of cooking show. A particular favourite is The Great British Bake Off (or baking show as they call it in the US). In true bake-off style, they decided to make a mud cake. “The theme is cakes”, they told me “but it can’t be just a cupcake it has to be a proper cake”.

Today is International Mud Day, when children around the world celebrate the most diverse, low-cost and accessible plaything on earth. I can’t think of a better way to celebrate.

They build a plan and get to work, problem solving all the way.

They gather things from around the garden to create their designs.

The children explain the rules for the judging.

Something always goes wrong on Bake Off.  The trial run didn’t quite go as planned so the girls think again.

The trial run of the frog mould cake works perfectly, but when the final one is made it drops too early and spoils the mint and grass lily pad. After a few failed attempts a final frog is made by moulding it with hands instead.

Frog Cake in Great Mud Bake Off

And Master Baker this week is…..

The mint and rose surprise – sadly the frog was a great idea but there were a few problems with the batter.

Great Mud Bake Off

Don’t you love that play can be inspired by so many things? Happy International Mud Day.

the Great Mud Bake Off

Additional Resources for International Mud Day

Find out why mud play is good for you

Build your own mud kitchen

Make mud faces

18 thoughts on “The Great Mud Bake Off”

  1. Well this is fascinating. I love seeing children’s creativity and problem solving skills at work. But International Mud Day. I’ve only just this evening heard of it. How fascinating! I’m putting it on my calendar for next year. Thanks. 🙂


  2. This is just wonderful. I love the idea with the take on the Great British Bake off and the little videos are just delightful. the girls are clearly loving their mud play and how the rules work and making this right when it all gets stuck shows great adaptability, creativity and perseverance. A lovely post from start to finish.

    Thank you for sharing with me on #CountryKids


  3. yummy!!! haha. I haven’t watched great British bake off for years!! on a side note, my son is just started to get more and more interested in mud- he found a mud pit in the park the other day and sat in it, but wouldn’t go in without shoes. I’m hoping he will one day like to make mud pies with me 🙂 #countrykids

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  4. I never knew there was an international mud day – that’s brilliant. Love how it inspired a Great British Bake Off style challenge and making the mud cakes looks like it was lots of fun. Love the frog cake and the winning mint and rose surprise 🙂 #countrykids


  5. This is so cute! I love mud play. When I ran a Nursery we had a mud kitchen and it was the most simple yet most used area in the whole nursery! The kids loved it. I was always amazed how many children did want to get dirty to start with but once they were shown what to do ], they loved it! I love the idea of a bake off….The video clips were great. Thank you for linking up to #MyGloriousGardens. I love this post.

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