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How to bake a cake with your kid

Updated on November 8, 2011

Cooking with Kids

Bake your cake and eat it!
Bake your cake and eat it!
The cake cutting ceremony is part of the thrill
The cake cutting ceremony is part of the thrill

Get them involved

Baking is an activity that you enjoy and it is also something that can be used as quality time with your kids. getting them to help you in the kitchen is a fabulous idea.

Not only are you spending time with them and making memories that they will cherish for a long time, but you can actually teach them maths while in the kitchen.

Make them count the number of eggs that need to be broken. The number of times you need to sieve the flour. The number of spoons of baking power or essence or cocoa powder that need to go in. You get the idea.

Plus children love to get their hands dirty with food. I know mine enjoys being given a spoon and being told to mix it all up. There is blend of joy and determination on that little face as he concentrates to get the mix just right.

He doesn't enjoy playing with the dough with his hands any more. That's because he is a bit fussy about getting his hands dirty. Proper little parsi boy, he is!

My husband can't cook to save his life. Instant Maggie Noddles are the extent of his culinary skills. I hope my son will do better, and his wife will be happier with his culinary skills, but that would be another hub!

Most kids love to help the mom in the kitchen. It gives them a great boost in confidence when they can complete a task handed over to them. It is not an activity that you should indulge in every day, but make an event out of it.

I remember helping my mother with the marzipan flowers and leaves on a cake the shape of a basket of flowers. It was one of her more popular designs. Every one loved. Most of all me, specially since I got to actually help create it!


Here's an alternative recipe!


Switch on oven, get utensils, and ingredients.

Remove blocks and toys from table.
Grease pan, crack nuts.

Measure 2 cups of flour. Remove Rehaan's hand from flour.
Wash hand, remeasure flour.

Put flour, baking soda, and salt in sifter.
Get dustpan and brush up pieces of bowl Rehaan has knocked off.

Get another bowl. Answer doorbell.

Return to kitchen, remove Rehaan's hands from bowl.
Wash Rehaan. Answer phone.

Remove salt from greased pan, look for Rehaan.

Grease another pan. Answer phone.

Return to kitchen and find Rehaan.
Remove his hands from bowl.

Take up greased pan and find layers of nutshells in it.

Head for Rehaan, who flees knocking the bowl off the table.

Wash kitchen, floor, table, walls, and dishes.

Call Baker. Relax


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Here's a recipe you can use

Vanilla Cake

The cake recipe is simple and the color can be your child's favorite. Mine is usually pink or green. (Don't ask!)

Ingredients

One and quarter cup refined flour or maida

One cup cream or you can use butter

One cup sugar

4 eggs

One teaspoon vanilla essence

Pinch of baking powder

A few drops of food color.

Method

In a large bowl add the sugar and the cream (or butter).

Use the handbeater to mix them up well.

Now add the eggs one at a time and mix.

Add the vanilla essence to the mix and blend the cake batter well.

Use a separate plate to sieve out the flour in.

Add the baking powder to the flour during sieving to mix it in well.

Once the sugar,cream and egg mix turns creamy and is blended well, add the flour in spoon by spoon.

Now fold in the flour in the mix with a light hand in a circular motion with the spoon.

(Kids really love adding the flour)

Then add the food color and mix well so that it blends in with the full batter.

Grease a baking dish and pour the cake batter into it.

Pop it into the microwave for 4 minutes.

Let it stand in the microwave for another 10 minutes.

Get out the knife, forks and plates!

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    • cashmere profile imageAUTHOR

      cashmere 

      7 years ago from India

      No problem. Just poke the cake in the middle with a fork to see if its done. If it isn't another ten minutes should do it.

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      Ben 

      7 years ago

      Thank you! 356 degrees Fahrenheit (I'll round off to 350)

    • cashmere profile imageAUTHOR

      cashmere 

      7 years ago from India

      It will take about 25 to 30 minutes in an oven at 180 degrees centigrade. You'll have to convert that to Fahrenheit if your oven works on that measurement.

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      Ben 

      7 years ago

      Do you have a recommendation for baking in an oven? (Time/temp) We don't have a microwave. Thanks!

    • cashmere profile imageAUTHOR

      cashmere 

      7 years ago from India

      Thank you

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      Bla 

      7 years ago

      Nice

    • cashmere profile imageAUTHOR

      cashmere 

      9 years ago from India

      Logic, i have enough nuts in the house!

      But seriously if you want to just add them in while folding in the flour.

      This cake is very versatile and adapts well to most changes.

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      logic,commonsense 

      9 years ago

      I usually use nuts in my cake. :)

    • cashmere profile imageAUTHOR

      cashmere 

      9 years ago from India

      bingskee, am sure they enjoyed it as much as you did.

      Candie, at least you know he's not going to starve...

      ESAHS thanks.

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      ESAHS 

      9 years ago

      "Very nice and a great project to do with your little one!"

      "Two thumbs up!"

      CEO E.S.A.H.S. Association

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      Candie V 

      9 years ago from Whereever there's wolves!! And Bikers!! Cummon Flash, We need an adventure!

      I never taught my son to cook, then he got a job in a restaurant and learned how to make great scrambled eggs. He's never cooked for me tho, so as long as he can cook for himself, it's all great.

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      bingskee 

      9 years ago from Quezon City, Philippines

      used to do that when the kids were little. not baking though but cooking simple recipes. they love to get involved.

    • cashmere profile imageAUTHOR

      cashmere 

      9 years ago from India

      Thank you Men AD

      Candie, that food fight is possible when you have more than one kid...Thankfully I've got only one.

      Anglnwu, it is fun baking with kids isn't it!

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      anglnwu 

      9 years ago

      My daughter loves to bake and I think little hands made the work lighter (maybe?) and more fun. Thanks for sharing and maybe, I will be brave enough to try the alternative vanilla cake recipe:)

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      Candie V 

      9 years ago from Whereever there's wolves!! And Bikers!! Cummon Flash, We need an adventure!

      "FOOD FIGHT!!!" I can hear the little cooklings now!! I book marked this recipe.. hmm a cake and no box? unheard of in my house!! Thank you!!

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      men are dorks 

      9 years ago from Namibia

      This is an excellent hub...

    • cashmere profile imageAUTHOR

      cashmere 

      9 years ago from India

      Mine is too engrossed in eating to say Yummy! Reena.

      Yes, Alekhouse, after a while they get pretty good at anticipating what you want as well.

      Journey, it helps a great deal.

      Hope you try it out some time beauty tips

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      No1beautytips 

      9 years ago

      thats a great way to keep kids entertain while learning at the same time.

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      Nyesha Pagnou MPH 

      9 years ago from USA

      Hi cashmere, this is an adorable idea. I especially like the idea of having children focus on numbers and measurements to practice math when working with the cake ingredients. The cake looks great. I'll try the vanilla cake recipe sometime.

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      Nancy Hinchliff 

      9 years ago from Essex Junction, Vermont

      This is a great hub. Kids love to help in the kitchen and, aside from baking cookies, baking a cake is about the epitome if a good time. My grand kids have always liked helping me bake anything; waffles and pancakes are two other good choices. They can be extremely helpful, if you spell out exactly what they are to do, as you've suggested.

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      Reena Daruwalla 

      9 years ago from INDIA

      HMmmmm and the 'yummy mummy' as they wolf down the warm cake; well that's just icing on the top istnt it :)

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