In the Kitchen: Red, White and Blue Cupcakes

I usually send out cooking and baking activities on Friday, but I couldn’t wait for this one. It’s just so tasty and so perfect for the 4th of July weekend!

You can’t beat a light, delicious dessert like this and it can be super hands on for your child!

Cooking is messy and you want it to taste good, so it’s easy to get tense while doing a cooking activity with your kids. If cooking and baking activities end up not so fun for you, here are a few tips for making this a little more relaxed.

  1. Let this be their treat. I find when I just let it be something fun for them to do, not something I’m going to take to a potluck or serve to guests, I don’t care as much about the process.
  2. Expect spills. Obvious right?! It’s going to be a little messier than when it’s just you. I don’t have fixes for this other than it will be clean eventually!
  3. Give clear instructions and expectations. If your kids are like mine there are going to be plenty of fingers stuck into the bowl to try and sneak a taste. It drives me nuts! Try to give clear explanations about what they are allowed to taste and what they are not.

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Start out by mixing up the cake. If there’s ever a chance to dump, stir, or pour let them try to do it. Angel food cake is nice because it requires a lot of mixing, and then the folding.

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Folding is a little more technical. I demonstrated how to do it to my kids and let them try, and then I gave them a hand and they didn’t mind me helping out.

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With cooking activities you could always let them try for a minute and then tell them that you are going to do it for a while too. It is for them to get to try and have fun, but it doesn’t have to be a free for all. Try to find a balance between making it their activity, but also helping to get it successfully done.

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When you have it sufficiently mixed, grab a big spoon. This is a good way to let them scoop it out into the muffin tin. We were going for monster cupcakes!

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Our cupcakes ended up baking for about 10 minutes less than the package instructions called for (don’t bake them as long as the box says because those instructions are for a cake).

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While they are cooling, you could take that opportunity to mix up some fresh whipped cream. We talk about that here.

When they are cooled and ready assemble with fresh or store bought whipped cream, sliced strawberries and blueberries! Delicious and patriotic. Enjoy!

Have a playful day!

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