Baking cupcakes with a 3 year old

This week we made cupcakes, we were all out of gluten free flour and so we made normal cupcakes. At least this way I can’t snack my way through the cakes! I found this recipe the worst one we have made together. Unfortunately he couldn’t get very involved.

As usual I began by preparing everything beforehand. I weighed out all the ingredients and popped them in bowls ready to start. I laid all the cupcake cases out on a tray – which he later picked up and put away, leaving me to lay them all out again! I believe the cakes tasted amazing as they were all scoffed quite quickly. If you would like to make them too I used the Cupcake Recipe from BBC Good Food.

In order to make these cupcakes you will need:

  • 110g Softened butter
  • 110g Golden caster sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 110g self-raising flour

Pre-heat your oven to gas mark 4.

To begin with cream together the butter and sugar.

This part was quite boring! I had to do it by hand as I was worried he would stick his hand in whilst I was using an electric whisk. It took quite a while for us to mix it together, however as a reward for finishing it we both stuck our fingers in and tried some of the sugary mixture! Yum.

He helped me pour all of the ingredients into the bowl and had a little stir but unfortunately that was all he could contribute on this recipe. He got bored and put away all the cupcake cases I had laid out and then whilst I was putting them back out he stuck his hands in the sticky mixture.

Despite this we both had fun making the cakes.

The cakes took 15 minutes to cook and came out surprisingly well – perhaps I’m just too use to baking gluten free! I popped them onto a cooling tray and went to make the coloured icing.

We made some green icing and some pink icing – green is his favourite colour and he thought his sister might like some pink cupcakes. I slowly added the water to a bowl of icing sugar until it reached a thick but pliable consistency.

Together we iced the cakes. I suspect he enjoyed this part more than making the cakes as he could get more involved. He carefully spooned the mixture onto the cakes, in between helping himself to a few bites of some of them!

Whilst the recipe itself was not a success he did enjoy decorating and eating the cupcakes! I thought we’d try a crumble next week as he can get more involved in making it.


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