If you have been following me, you will know that I am a big advocate of children cooking. I believe they can help from a very early age. I also believe that as a teenager they should be able to prepare a couple of meals by themselves from prep work to the table.
In order to encourage their self-sufficiency we need to also mix in some fun cooking. Desserts are the perfect way to introduce small children to working in the kitchen. Small children are so inventive and creative. The perfect project to encourage their creativity is making Easter cupcakes.
I am going to introduce a few suggestions for making cupcakes at Easter, but this should just be a starting point. Present these suggestions to your children, but please let them use their own creativity to make their own creations.
Let’s first start with the cupcake. You can use box mixes or you can make the cupcake from scratch with your favorite recipe or one that you find online or in a cookbook. Let your child help with the measuring and then the mixing of batter. Even the youngest loves to do these activities. An older child should be able to make the cupcake from beginning to end.
While the cupcake is baking, move onto the frosting. Frosting recipes are easy to make from scratch, especially the ones on the powdered sugar box. Or if you don’t want to bother with that just use one that is premixed in a container.
Let the children decide on what flavor of cupcake they want to use. White frosting is best to use because it offsets the different decorations that are used for the final touch. Just make sure the cupcake is completely cooled before decorating.
Have a lot of different decorative goods set out in individual bowls on the table. Show pictures and talk about different ways that the cupcakes can be decorated. Then let the children come up with their own creative ideas for decorating the cupcakes.
Some different things to put out on the table for the children to decorate the cupcakes can be:
- Coconut that has been dyed with food coloring
- Jelly beans
- Licorice candy
- Wrigley’s gum (stick make great ears when trimmed with scissors)
- Candied eggs
- Chocolate chips (regular and mini)
- Tubes of different colors of decorating icing
- Easter candies
- Large and miniature marshmallows
Remember the object is not to produce “works of fine art”, but to have a good time. Make this a family tradition every year that the children will look forward to.
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