How to bake a cake with your kid
Cooking with Kids
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
Is it Common?
Did this ever happen to you?
Here's a recipe you can use
The cake recipe is simple and the color can be your child's favorite. Mine is usually pink or green. (Don't ask!)
One and quarter cup refined flour or maida
One cup cream or you can use butter
One cup sugar
One teaspoon vanilla essence
Pinch of baking powder
A few drops of food color.
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!