You may or may not know that each and every Friday my little Bug and I bake. It is her special time with mummy where we get messy, have fun and eat loads of sugar. Since toddlers have the attention span of a goldfish, we don’t time to weigh and measure all the ingredients ourselves nor do we follow a long, complicated recipe. I need something that is quick, easy and will be ready to eat within an hour of us starting the activity.
That is why I always have a stash of baking supplies that make our baking session straightforward and still allows Bug to get involved in all aspects of the recipe. I have a box filled with all the sprinkles a two year old could wish for and an array of food colourings to jazz up any cake. But my secret weapon is a pre made mix, which only requires eggs, oil and water (quantities vary according to what you are baking). Betty Crocker has a great range of cake, brownie and cookie mixes that are great for getting toddlers involved because they are easy to follow and pretty quick to do.
Purple Cookies with Sprinkles
The Betty Crocker team sent over some goodies for us to bake and boy did we have a blast. After unpacking the box, Bug had a quick squizz at the baking options and decided she wanted “purple cookies with sprinkles”. Not a problemo my darling, Betty Crocker and I have it sorted.
It took about 10 minutes for Bug and I to make the cookie dough (by adding 2 tables spoons of water to the mix), roll the cookie dough into balls (great for toddler development), slightly squish the balls and pop them in the oven for 10-12 minutes. Whilst they were baking, this Glam Mummy whipped up some purple icing and Bug chose her sprinkles. Once the cookies had cooled, we she iced them and sprinkled them and hey presto! Purple cookies with sprinkles.
Valentines Day cupcakes
In another one of our baking sessions with Betty Crocker cake mixes, we made Valentines Day cupcakes for Daddy. I found this idea on Pinterest and I’ll admit that I probably need a bit more practice but I am still sort of chuffed with the result. So the cupcakes are meant to have a hidden red heart in the middle but ours ended up having a hidden red blob – epic Pintrest fail. But the sentiment is there and Daddy loved them!
To make them (hopefully more successfully than our first attempt) you need Betty Crocker Red Velvet Cake mix and to bake it in really thin sheets. You will need to keep an eye on the baking time because it will be quite a bit less than the bake time on the box. Use a toothpick to check if it is done, it should come out clean. Once cooled, use a heart shape cookie cutter and collect as many Red Velvet hearts as you can before your child eats them.
Next, make up the Classic Vanilla mix and pour a little bit into the cupcake case. Then stand up the Red Velvet heart in the cupcake batter. Once the hearts have been placed into the cupcake cases, carefully fill them up with the Classic Vanilla mix. Only fill them about 3/4 full because the mixture will rise. I figured out that my hearts ended up more as blobs because they rose with the mixture and you will need to put a little of the Classic Vanilla mix on top of the hearts to anchor them and ensure they keep their shape.
Pop them in the oven and check on them now and then. They will be ready with they start to go slightly golden and a toothpick comes out clean once inserted. Let them cool, ice them with buttercream frosting and let your little one go crazy on the sprinkles. Yum yum!
There are loads of baking mix options at Betty Crocker.
xxx TGM xxx
Pintrest fail – the red blob is meant to be a heart.