Cake and the Murder Mystery.

It was half term last week, and here is what we got up to!


vanilla chocolate honeycomb easy cupcake baking with kids

We made cake. Delicious cake. Honeycomb, white choc chip, vanilla, chocolate cupcakes. Flavour combos by Max, eaten by all of us, and very good they were too! We used a basic vanilla cupcake recipe.

  • 110g butter or margarine.
  • 110g caster sugar
  • 2 free-range eggs
  • 1tsp vanilla extract
  • 110g self raising flour
  • 1-2tbsp milk
We creamed together butter and sugar, then mixed in the eggs and vanilla extract. Then added the flour, and milk to loosen. At this point you can get inventive! We halved the mix- added cocoa and white choc chips to one half, and honeycomb pieces to the other. Then baked at 180 for 10-15 mins. We made both chocolate and vanilla buttercream, and once the cakes were cooled we iced them, and topped with extra white choc chips and honeycomb pieces. Yummy!


Things to do with kids treasure murder mystery trail

Solicitor C M Forall has been murdered in his bed. But The Ciscos are on the case. We donned our deerstalkers, dug out our magnifying glasses and did a murder mystery trail. Purchased from Treasure Trails these are a fab idea for older kids. You get a trail and clues to follow to eliminate murder weapons and suspects, while also discovering facts along the way. We had loads of fun, and split over 2 days it took us 3 hours to complete. At £5.99 that is not bad at all, and I will definitely buy them again!


comic relief red nose wearing
He was actually happier about it than he looks….!

We bought red noses. I think Max is going for pathos here. The Sad Clown. Its a classic look.


wreck-it ralph poster review

We went to see Wreck-It Ralph. It was brilliant. Max is a gamer, so he absolutely loved it, and I always like a good kids film. And this is a properly good one with all the vital ingredients – adventure, fab plot, brilliant characters and a warm heart! Ace stuff!

We had a great half term, sadly it is back to school today tho, (when I say sadly, I mean while celebrating how much more cake eating time there is in the day when only one of them is at home…)

Love Miss looking forward to easter Cisco XXX



  1. SusanKMann
    February 27, 2013 / 5:24 pm

    What a great half term. Can’t beat cake & murder mystery sounds fab. We saw Wreck it Ralph too it is fab x

    • Sonya Cisco
      February 27, 2013 / 7:02 pm

      it was a good week- just the one grumpy day, not bad going for three kids! 🙂

  2. Beadzoid
    February 27, 2013 / 8:39 pm

    What fun you had 🙂

    And I’ve just checked out the Treasure Trails. Looks brilliant – and there’s loads in my area, including our town. Think I’m going to give it a whirl :)x

    • Sonya Cisco
      February 27, 2013 / 9:09 pm

      Yes, they do the trails all over. My two really enjoyed it, was something really different , hope you have fun too!

  3. The Beesley Buzz
    February 27, 2013 / 8:41 pm

    looks like you had a great time. Mine want to see wreck it ralph so that is on our list of things to do. Those cakes look amazing! xxx

    • Sonya Cisco
      February 27, 2013 / 9:10 pm

      We did have a fab week, and the film is great- hope you enjoy it!

  4. Adventures of a Middle-aged Matron
    February 28, 2013 / 9:26 am

    Why don’t my cakes turn out like yours??

    • Sonya Cisco
      February 28, 2013 / 9:34 am

      I let the kids do it. My cakes are truly terrible. Theirs are delicious!

  5. February 28, 2013 / 9:55 am

    Wow. Awesome Mum award goes to you. My kids watched me sitting at the laptop most of half term..

    • Sonya Cisco
      February 28, 2013 / 11:28 am

      there was plenty of that in my house too!

  6. Emily Foran
    March 4, 2013 / 9:39 pm

    What a fun sounding half term, pleased he loved Wreck-it-Ralf, we would love a go at one of the Murder Mystery hunts – great idea! Xx

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