Yesterday was my birthday, and the three “big” kids had a blast making me a birthday cake (with a little help from dad, who doesn’t bake himself) while Anna and I napped. Seven-year-old Emma picked out a marbled cake recipe from (affiliate link) The Cookbook for Kids – a fantastic cookbook from Williams & Sonoma that has Emma well on the way to becoming my personal chef!
Marbled cakes are very pretty, and a great visual baking experience for kids! Emma and Johnny swirled the two cake pans, and they were thrilled with how their designs turned out!
The two cakes were beautiful out of the oven, and perfectly light and fluffy! Unfortunately, they had forgotten to grease the cake pans, so it took some creativity (and elbow grease on Mike’s part) to free the cakes from their pans.
They frosted the cake with pudding, and lit a candle. I loved how proud they were of their creation! Anna was not so sure about having fire at the dinner table…
But once the candle was out she tried blowing it out herself!
The cake was delicious, and the kids were absolutely thrilled at having made my birthday cake (nearly) all on their own! I have a feeling that I may not be allowed to make many more birthday cakes myself!
Have you let your kids bake a cake on their own? Do you have a favorite cookbook that you recommend? For younger kids, I love Mollie Katzen’s Pretend Soup!
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