It really does seem that children are becoming interested in cooking again. I don’t know if it’s due to the success of cooking shows on television, such as Masterchef and Junior Masterchef, but my brother’s kids are definitely more interested in what’s for dinner, what’s in it and even ask “Can I cook tonight?”
Cupcakes, in particular, give reasonably quick results and the children enjoy frosting and decorating. So, I decided to teach them how to make cupcakes.
Cupcakes are so quick and easy to make that they are ideal for children to bake, I always think the best cupcakes for kids to make are those where all the ingredients are put in the bowl together. Whether they mix with an electric mixer or with a wooden spoon there is very little mess.
When I taught them how to bake a cupcake these are the following steps I asked them to follow. These will ensure that they will be creating masterpieces.
Firstly I listed all the ingredients that were needed-butter, caster sugar, plain four, baking powder, salt, eggs and vanilla extract. I also told them the exact quantities that were required. Once all the ingredients were in place I instructed them to preheat the oven to 180 degree centigrade . Then I instructed them to line the muffin tin with paper cases.
I explained them how the batter or mixture is made and all the tricks involved to make a good batter, the consistency needed and how to correctly mix all ingredients without over mixing the batter or incorrectly whipping the eggs.
After the mixture was ready, the next step was to teach them how to grease the paper cases and spoon the mixture into them. After that, the cupcakes were kept in the oven for 18 to 20 minutes until risen, golden and firm to touch.
Once the cupcakes were out of the oven and ready. I told them to let them cool completely.
It was time for the decoration of the cupcakes. The kids were overjoyed at it. They decorated the cupcakes with colourful frosting and sprinkles.
The kids made very creative cupcakes. The delighted look on their faces was truly wonderful to see. It was a memorable experience for me. Their tiny little hands served me each of their cupcakes and we relished eating them together and cracking jokes.