Thursday, January 27, 2011

Baking with Preschool Kids for Valentine's Day: Project #18 of 300 Crafts for Kids in 2011

KIDS CRAFTS PROJECT #18: Baking with Kids for Valentine's Day
Crafts for all abilities!
for Ages 3 Years and Up
A Perfect Valentine's Day Gift
3 Decorated Heart Shaped Mini Chocolate Cakes
Supplies Needed:
  • 1 Box Chocolate Cake Mix (ours called for 3 eggs, vegetable oil, and water)
  • Mixing Bowl
  • Measuring Cups & Spoons
  • Wilton Mini Heart Shaped Cake Pans
  • Spatula & Whisk
  • Container of Icing at room temperature
  • Various Types of Sprinkles
  • Wax Paper
  • Non Stick Cooking Spray
    We tried the mini Bundt cakes too but we (caution) overfilled them so much (/caution)
    that removing them from the molds was a disaster!
What it Makes:
These mini heart cake molds made surprisingly large mini heart cakes. They were at least 2x the size of a cupcake. One cake mix makes ~15 mini heart cakes (and ours were overfilled).

Time Needed:
  • 20 minutes to prepare mix
  • ~15 minutes to cook (Cooking times vary. Read the instructions on your cake mix box)
  • At least 1 Hour to Cool
  • 15 minutes to frost and decorate
What To Do:
  1. Preheat oven according to cake mix directions.
  2. Prepare cake mix according to cake box directions.

  3. Spray non-stick spray into each baking mold. 
  4. Using a measuring spoon, scoop out batter and place into each mold, filling about 1/2 way to the top.
  5. Wipe away any stray batter that didn't make it into the molds!
    These are overfilled! Only fill about half way!
  6. ADULTS ONLY! Cook for approx 15 minutes, or until a tooth pick inserting into the center comes out dry.
  7. ADULTS ONLY! Remove fully cooked mini cakes from the oven and set on a cooling rack for at least one hour.
    HINT: These remove best when fully cooled!
    All cooked!

  8. To remove mini cakes from the molds is very easy. They should easily loosen and pop out.
    HINT: When they are cooled you will notice that the mini cakes pull away from the edges of the molds.
  9. Using room temperature frosting, gently apply frosting to the entire top of the heart shaped mini cakes.
  10. To apply sprinkles either put some in your hand and "sprinkle" over the top (light coverage) OR pour some onto waxed paper and dip the frosted mini cake into the pile of sprinkles (heavy coverage)

  11. Present your gift!
  12. Take a photo and share it with us! You are automatically entered into our WEEKLY GIVEAWAY on our Facebook Page when you post a photo of your finished project and "Like" Us ! Giveaway is randomly selected. 
Helpful Hints:
  • Measure all ingredients for your child and then let him put the ingredients into the mixing bowl. 
  • Crack eggs in a separate bowl so you can remove any shells.
  • Use a deep mixing bowl so that the batter remains in the bowl after mixing! 
  • Make sure your frosting is at room temperature so it spreads easily. 
Why We Love Crafts for Kids & Cooking with Kids! Art develops creative thinking, provides means of communication and self expression, increases self understanding, strengthens self concepts and confidence, serves as an emotional release, provides decision-making opportunities, develops appreciation for the individuality of others, aids physical coordination, develops work habits and a sense of responsibility, heightens aesthetic awareness and sensitivity, and generates joy!

So much learning takes place when baking with children! They learn about measurement, fractions, liquids vs solids, how the batter changes as ingredients are mixed in, how to transfer the batter from bowl to molds, how and why to use non stick spray on the mold, what happens when it cooks (leave your oven light on so they can see), why we wait until the food is cooled before removing from the molds, why room temperature frosting spreads more easily, different ways to apply sprinkles (which also applies to their art projects when using glitter or sprinkles), how to crack an egg, why we crack them separately, and how to appreciate that each mini cake will be a little different even though they all came from the same mold! I'm sure you can think of more!

Associated Educational Activities:

And now a word from *SeeryusMama:
"If You Give a Cat a Cupcake" by Laura Numeroff, is part of the "If You Give..." book series that has been delighting preschool children for years! The silly happenings that result
from giving a cat a cupcake will make your preschooler giggle with delight!

Measuring Fun: Create a "Linda" (use your child's name) measuring stick by folding a piece of construction paper lengthwise 3 times. Tape it down its length to keep it together. Now let your little one figure out how many "Lindas" Mommy's arm is? How many "Lindas" tall is Daddy? What about your pet?
Use your measuring cups to show your child that 2 1/4 cups of water fit perfectly into the 1/2 cup! 2 of the 1/2 cups fit perfectly into the 1 cup. 4 of the 1/4 cups fit perfectly into the 1 cup and so on! Bring them into the tub for some extra fun!

You are automatically entered into our WEEKLY GIVEAWAY on our Facebook Page when you post your photos of your finished project and "Like" Us on Facebook! 

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*Sky (Seeryus Mama) is the mama of two kiddies, Johnny (a tween) and Paige (a toddler), and the trophy wife to her husband Brandon. They live in the middle of Nebraska - otherwise known as The Good Life.  Sky works part-time at the local library, attends college part time, hoping to eventually earn a Masters in Library Science and volunteers for several different organizations. Sky blogs at Seeryus Mama, where it's all about the good life and the products that go along with it.

1 comment:

Mousse Cakes said...

What a perfect Valentine's day activity and Valentine's giveaway! I love the heart shaped tin! So cute! The cakes look absolutely delicious too!

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