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  • Kate Courtney
Baking Party Cupcakes by Elizabeth's Kitchen Diary

Today I welcome Elizabeth from Elizabeth's Kitchen Diary, mum of three, secret wannabe adventurer, OU Life Sciences graduate, RNLI volunteer, occasional crafter, ex-pat Canadian & quite possibly Britain's most northerly food blogger.

Elizabeth shares her fabulous recipe for vanilla & chocolate cupcakes and tips on how to throw a successful children's baking party...

Kids love baking, boys and girls alike - measuring, pouring, stirring, baking, decorating and the best bit of all - eating!

Throwing a baking birthday party for your little one might seem like a daunting prospect, but with plenty of planning (and a few parent helpers) it's perfectly do-able, even with a large group of children.

I recently threw a baking birthday party for my eight year old daughter, inviting her whole class and friends: 23 children in total. 

After much pondering on how I was going to get 23 children to each bake a cupcake that they could then take home afterwards, I realised that a cupcake recipe for two was needed. I set to experimenting and this is what I came up with:

Chocolate Cupcakes for Two

Prep: 10 minutes   Cook: 15 minutes   Temp: 190 C
4 tbsp self-raising flour
3 tbsp caster sugar
2 tbsp cocoa powder
pinch sea salt
1 egg
1 tbsp vegetable oil
1 tbsp milk
Mix, spoon into two cupcake cases and bake for 15-20 minutes.

Vanilla Cupcakes for Two

Prep: 10 minutes   Cook: 15 minutes   Temp: 190 C
5 tbsp self-raising flour
3 tbsp caster sugar
pinch sea salt
1 egg
1/2 tsp vanilla
1 tbsp vegetable oil
1 tbsp milk
Mix, spoon into two cupcake cases and bake for 15-20 minutes.

Now, how to get a group of children to make these cupcakes at the same time? Get the kids to pair up with a friend who wants to make the same flavour cupcake as they do: chocolate or vanilla. Make sure all your ingredients are laid out in small bowls at each baking station with two forks and set of measuring spoons.

After washing their hands, ask each child to select a cupcake case or silicone cupcake mould (if using) and to put their initials on the bottom so they know which cupcake is theirs once they've been baked.

"Each group, put four tablespoons of flour into your mixing bowl."
Get parent helpers, if you have any, to make sure these are level tablespoons, not heaped.

"Hands up who is making vanilla cupcakes? Put one more tablespoon of flour in your bowl!"

"Hands up who is making chocolate cupcakes? Put one tablespoon of cocoa powder in your bowl!"

"Every group, put three tablespoons of sugar into your bowl!"

"Each group, put a pinch of salt in your bowl, just a pinch now, not too much!"

"Every group, put one tablespoon of sunflower oil into your bowl"
They might need help with this, especially the younger ones.

"Every group, put one tablespoon of milk into your bowl!"

"Hands up who is making vanilla cupcakes? Put one half of a teaspoonful of vanilla into your bowl!"

"Can every group grab an egg? Be careful not to drop it!"

"Crack your egg into your bowl!"
Parent helpers might have to help with this as well as fishing out egg shell from the bowls.

"Are you all ready everyone? Grab your forks and stir, stir, stir!!"
While the children are stirring, keep an eye on the texture of their mixtures. It should be of soft dropping consistency, so add a little bit more milk or flour, depending on what is needed. Using forks helps the kids squish any lumps.

"Alright everybody, this is looking great! Now, spoon your cupcake batter into your cupcake cases."
There is enough batter to make two large cupcakes, but you might find you need a third case, depending on how much batter they've made, or just throw out the extra.

Bake in a preheated 190 C oven for 15-20 minutes.
Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

While the cakes are baking, get all the children to wash their hands and head to the party table where previously baked cupcakes (ones you've already made at home) are all ready for decorating and eating!

Have you baked this recipe with your kids? Share a photo with me! I'm on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram!

 

  • Kate Courtney

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