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Fun in the Kitchen: An Easy Recipe for Toddlers

Updated on August 4, 2012
5 stars from 1 rating of 3-2-1 Mini-Cake

Fun and Educational

Toddlers love to help out in the kitchen. They start out by pulling out the pots and pans from the cupboard and progress on to begging to help stir or add ingredients. It can be fun to let them help, as well as messy for them, you, and your kitchen. But the rewards are worth it.

Cooking can teach your toddler many skills that they will use later in life. They learn about counting and measuring, different kinds of foods, and physical abilities like stirring. You can also teach them concepts about food and being healthy.

It is difficult to find recipes that are simple enough for a toddler to help out with. Here is a recipe that is easy enough that you can let your toddler assist you through the entire process. It's a dessert, which is automatically a treat, but a healthier version because it leaves out the oil to reduce calories. The recipe is called 3-2-1 cake.


  • 1 box angel food cake mix
  • 1 box other cake mix - any flavor
  • 1 pitcher water
  1. Combine angel food cake mix with other cake mix in a large plastic bag. Use a bag with a zipper to know that it is closed for sure. Allow your toddler to shake the bag as hard as they can to combine the two mixes thoroughly.
  2. Measure out 3 tablespoons of the mix into a small microwavable cup. Add 2 tablespoons of water and stir well.
  3. Put in microwave and allow to cook on high for 1 minute. Let it cool before removing.

Make It Even More Fun

Add a chocolate glaze or whipped cream on top of the mini-cake. You can use colored icing to make it look festive. You can add chocolate chips or other things in the batter before you cook it. If you add things that have a lot of water content like fruit, you might want to cut down the water you use.

You can either store the mixes in a large bag or divide them up into servings and put them in small ziploc bags. Then when your toddler wants a treat (or you do!), you can take one out and add the water.


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    • thranax profile image


      6 years ago from Rep Boston MA

      Great idea for the little ones! Just make sure to still have plenty of paper towels ready.


    • peachpurple profile image


      6 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      Another wonderful recipe for kids. They sure love to enjoy giving a helping hand in the kitchen... messing up most of the time!

    • RTalloni profile image


      6 years ago from the short journey

      What a great idea for little ones! Just when they are learning that they too can do things they can also get a look at the transformation that cooking makes for ingredients. Thanks for the recipe.


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