Making Cute Cupcakes For Kids with Fun Designs: Mom and Kids Bonding Time
If you are thinking of a fun way to spend time with your kids or planning to have a quality time with them on the weekend, then look no further. Nothing beats bonding with your children with a little baking fun. Not as complicated as making Easter cookies. Just making simple cupcakes so that the kids can join the fun.
Instead of laying around on the couch all day on movie marathons, doing something together in the kitchen is productive and really fun. You get to have your children learn a thing or two about baking and give them a sense of accomplishment once they see and taste the result of your teamwork.
For starters, I will give you two recipes for cupcakes. One is for oven cupcakes in which you can also use a convection oven, and one is for microwave cupcakes. And then, I’m going to provide you with instructions on how to decorate the cupcakes using fun ideas. Don’t worry, it wouldn’t be as hard as making a blueberry and oat cake. It is very easy to do.
Give your kids some tasks along the way and make sure that they are hands-on with the decorating. Don’t forget to give them pointers about safety and sanitation.
Easy oven cupcake recipe
- 250g butter, unsalted
- 250g sugar
- 250g flour (self-raising)
- 4 medium-sized eggs
- 4 tbsp. milk
- 1 pinch of salt
- 2 12-cup muffin tray lined with paper cupcake cases
Preheat the oven to 200°C
In a large bowl, put the butter in to beat until it softens. Add the flour, sugar, salt, milk, and eggs. If you want to make chocolate cupcakes, use two tablespoons less flour and replace it with two tablespoons of cocoa powder. Whisk the mixture until it is smooth.
Use a spoon or an ice cream scoop to put a portion of the mixture to the paper cases. Make sure to put just the right amount each case to fill all the 24 cases.
Place the cupcakes in the oven and bake. After fifteen minutes, swap their places and bake for another three to seven minutes or until the cupcakes have light golden color.
Take them out of the oven and let the tray cool for a few minutes. Then take the cupcakes to a wire rack to cool. Now they are ready for the decorations.
But before we go to decorating, I’ll give you the recipe for microwave oven cupcakes.
Easy microwave cupcake recipe
This cupcake version is easier and faster to do. The challenge here is to be successful in preventing the kids from eating the ingredients before the cupcake gets done. You will see why soon enough.
- 4 tablespoons of full-fat vanilla or chocolate ice cream, depending on your preference of flavor. (I told you it is going to be a challenge for the kids not to eat it up)
- 2 tablespoons of cake flour
- 1/8 teaspoon of baking powder
- Silicone cupcake molds
For starters, be sure to use cake flour and not all-purpose flour. It makes the cupcake drier and have a bread-like texture rather than cake.
Put all the ingredients in a bowl and whisk it until the batter is smooth. Make sure that there are no chunks of flour visible in the batter. Put it in two medium-size or four small-size cupcake molds. Put them in the microwave about thirty seconds. Set aside to cool and be ready for the decorations.
Here comes the fun part! I have three kinds of fun decorations to do with your kids. If you want to look for more, you can search fun and easy ideas here.
Everyone loves rainbows! Especially kids. This is very easy and fun to do.
- Your favorite frosting
- Blue food color
- Rainbow berry candy belt (like Airheads Xtremes)
- Small white marshmallow (optional)
First, put a few drops of blue food coloring to your frost. Mix and add until it reaches a pale blue color. Apply it on the cupcake.
Bend a rainbow berry candy belt and stick the ends to the frosting. You can add small marshmallows as clouds to the part where the candy sticks.
Your rainbow cupcake is done.
This cupcake topping is a bit more challenging than the first one, but cuter as well. This is good for Easter or for kiddos who just can’t get enough of our furry little friends.
- White frosting
- Brown M&M’s minis
- White marshmallows
- Pink decorating sugar or pink sprinkles
- Pink ball sprinkle
- Black licorice laces
Put the white frosting over the cupcake. This will be your canvas for the bunny face
For the ears, cut a marshmallow in half. Add the pink sugar or sprinkle on the center area of the cut part avoiding edges. Do this on both of the marshmallow halves. Place them on the top part of the cupcake where the ears should be.
For the eyes, use the brown M&M’s minis and put them where the eyes should be.
For the nose, put the pink ball sprinkle on where the nose should be.
Use the black licorice laces for the whiskers. Put three on each side.
Your bunny should be looking at you right now with its cute chocolate eyes.
If you want to let your kids give their good old dad a treat for father’s day or for his birthday, then this is an easy and fun thing to give him.
You actually have three options here. You can use toothpicks and construction paper, fondant and icing writers, or chocolate molds.
- Fondant, Chocolate mold, or construction paper and sticks
- The mustache mold which you can download here.
Put the frosting on top of your cupcake. You don’t have to download the mustache mold if you’re going to use the chocolate mold. Just put the mustache mold directly on the frosting.
If you prefer to use sticks and paper, print out the mustache mold, and put it on the construction paper. Cut away the mustache and put it on one end of the stick with glue. Make sure that the end won’t stick out on top of the mustache. Stick it on the cupcake.
If you’re going to use fondant, get black and white ones. Make small round white ones with the same diameter as the cupcake. This will be your canvas for the mustache. Use the printable mold as a pattern for the mustache using the black fondant. Cut it out using a paring knife or a kitchen shear.
Wait till daddy sees your masterpiece.
There you have it. Two easy recipes for cupcakes, and three easy decorating tips for you to choose from. This will definitely make your weekends fun and exciting. If you know someone that needs this recipe, go ahead and like and share. What do you think? Feel free to comment below for any questions or suggestions.
Hi friends, I’m Susan from http://www.cookthestone.com. I spent most of my time in the kitchen to make tasty meals for my family. The feeling when your husband and your kids are full with food cooked by you is amazing. I understand and want to share my experience with you. Hope they can help in your daily life. I will very appreciate your encouragements in the comment section below. Thank you!
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