Baking with a Toddler

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I have been baking on and off for about eight years now. I love baking cupcakes and cake pops. Those are my specialties. Although I am no where near where I’d like to be as a baker, I am content with the learning that comes with it, though. That’s what makes it that much more fun to do.

I’ll be honest. I use boxed cake mixes. But let me tell you… every single party that I have baked for has been blown away. (I’m usually super worried they aren’t good enough and then super pumped when they are gone within minutes of being out). I like to add my own creativity to them.

Since I got my new Kichenaid stand mixer, I am baking even more. I love that thing. I have now made homemade cookies, buttercream frosting and whipped cream frosting. My goal is to transition to homemade cake mixes, but for now I do my best with good ole boxed cake mixes.

Now that Adam is almost three years old, I have been introducing him to baking. He has shown an incredible amount of interest to help where he can. I let him pour measured out ingredients, mix and sometimes pour the batter into the tray. His favorite thing to do is eat the chocolate chips or lick the frosting spoon clean. I’m just happy to have him involved in something I love to do as a hobby.

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Baking with your toddlers are great for hand coordination, following instructions and a great excuse to bond some more with your little(s). I will share a few recipes + tips on how to get your toddler involved.

 KitchenAid KSM150PSER Artisan Tilt-Head Stand Mixer with Pouring Shield, 5-Quart, Empire Red

Tips for toddler bakers:

  • 1. Safety— toddlers are pretty unpredictable all on their own, so it is especially important to enforce safety rules while in the kitchen. I always keep scissors and knives away from Adam’s workstation. I tell him in advance what he can and cannot touch until instructed to. I am always aware of what he is doing at all times and if he is not willing to cooperate, he steps down and does not help.

*If anyone has a recommendation for a kitchen stool for toddlers (diy or premade), please leave a comment below. I am still trying to find one. TIA.

2. Pouring Ingredients— always assist when pouring a full container and I recomment using measuring cups that are not breakable and light to hold. Let’s be real, toddlers aren’t exactly coordinated, so every little bit matters.

3. Sanitation— always encourage proper sanitation when preparing to bake. Washing hands, keeping a clean workstation and keeping little fingers out of the batter and their mouths, unless given the okay or a separate spoon to taste with. Adam is always trying to stick his hands into the flower, chocolate chips, etc., so this is a huge deal. Plus, you don’t want to spread any food born illnesses or poisoning, right? Yeah, me neither.

New Star Foodservice 42917 Stainless Steel Measuring Spoons and Measuring Cups Combo, Set of 8

I have made three different types of cupcakes and all with a little help from Adam. Strawberry shortcake cupcakes, yellow cake with chocolate buttercream and butterscotch filled cupcakes with whipped cream frosting.

All three of these have had a little touch of homemade in them. From the fillings to the frostings. Some of them were a first time for me and they came out super delicious. Perfect consistencies and flavoring.

I created the Strawberry Shortcake Cupcakes for a gender reveal party. Instead of changing cake flavors, I did half pink and half blue frosted cupcakes instead. These were super fun to make and looked amazing. The moment they were put out, they were gone. If you want a relatively easy cupcake that boasts with flavor and just the right amount of sweetness, then the Strawberry Shortcake Cupcakes are perfect for any occasion. You can get creative with the icing and toppers.

I’d love to hear all about your version of this:

If you like recipes like this one, let me know in the comments below and I will be sure to share them with you! I look forward to seeing what yummy cupcakes you come up with with your littles, so be sure to tag us in your posts + use #thatlittletribe.

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