Mixing Things Up

I hate to be the bearer of bad news but July is to be the wettest July in years!!

So what else to do but make yummy cup cakes with your littlies. My daughter had her pre school injections, so as a special treat I let her choose a yummy toping from the shop to decorate her cupcakes.

Easy Vanilla Cupcakes

Ingredients

Cup cake cases
110g unsalted butter, softened
110g caster sugar
110g plain flour
2tsp baking powder
2 medium eggs
1tsp vanilla extractimage

Measure out the ingredients into individual bowls so your child can pick the ingredients and put into the mixing bowl all by themselves.

Buttercream icing

110g butter
110g icing sugar
1/2tsp vanilla extract

 

 

Method

image*Preheat the oven 180C/Gas mark 4 and place the cases into the cup cake tin.

*Put the butter and sugar in the bowl and mix until light and fluffy.

*Mix flour and baking powder into the butter mix.

*Beat the eggs and vanilla extract together then add to the bowl, beat until all combined.

*Spoon the mixture into the cases, filling them just over half way.

*Bake for 18-20mins until golden brown and firm to touch.

*Cool in the 10 for 10 mins and then transfer onto the wire rack.

Whilst they are cooling let your child make the icing and then when the cakes are ready let them decorate with butter cream and toping of their choice, they are particularly nice with a summer strawberry on top or if you are feeling naughty a little chocolate treat is always tasty if you have a sweet tooth!

We had a lot of fun making our cakes together, when I asked what Willow liked the best she replied, ‘licking the spoon of course Mummy!’…that was always my favorite part as a child to!!

Baking is great for your child’s hand eye co-ordination and basic math’s and language development. You can count spoonful’s of ingredients, how many eggs you need and cupcake cases etc. When you read the recipe together, your introducing new words to your child’s vocabulary and when they have to follow the steps of the recipe they can work on their listening skills. Learning the fun way!

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