Reward your little trainee with dessert. Making cupcakes builds on the measuring and mixing skills that she has already practiced and introduces her to new skills. Like cracking eggs and creaming. Kids that are ready for more can try their hand at some simple decorating tricks that will turn each cupcake into their own masterpiece. So lets get down to the basics of baking.

Prep the butter and eggs: Show your child how to soften butter and crack eggs. Crack each egg into a tea cup before adding it to the batter so that you can fish out any shells much easier.

Measure and mix up:
Measuring your ingredients accurately is the key to a tasty result. Show her how to use the scoop and sweep method for dry ingredients to help her get it right. Then, explain that creaming/vigorously blending the butter and sugar is a key baking technique. When you beat the air until the mixture is pale and fluffy, the cake will be light and tender. This also applies to frosting, adding air makes it light and creamy.

Teach perfect portioning: Let her know that when the batter rises in the oven, it needs somewhere to go.That is why you don’t fill the cups all the way. Pouring with a spouted mixing bowl or liquid measuring cup will make it much easier.

Try out the toothpick test: This little trick will hone her powers of observation. Stick a toothpick in the center of a cupcake. If it comes out with very few or no crumbs the batch is ready. If not you may need a few more minutes.

Finish with frosting: A little trick for frosting is to put the frosting into a freezer weight ziplock bag. Just a tiny snip of one of the corners and presto, you have your very own pastry bag. This will make it easy to get the frosting right where you want it. Hint: The melting point for chocolate is very low, like 90 degrees. This is why you can whisk it into a warm cream in just a matter of seconds. It is also why chocolate melts in your hands.

Not quite ready for all of this just yet, try your hand at the apprentice chef. Leave us your comments. Your feedback is greatly appreciated. Let us know what other topics you would like to have discussed. Share this post with your friends. Remember to always praise your child.

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