Just like the start of most summer weekends in Wales, it was a rainy day. Normally on a day like this, myself and my 5 year old daughter, Evie will do our best to make the most of it. We’ll build a fort, read a few books or play some computer games. Sometimes, we’ll do a bit of baking, and the latter was her preferred choice of the day. So an umbrella was quickly found, as was a raincoat and wellies and off we went to the local supermarket for ingredients for our marbled cupcakes recipe.
Any parent will tell you what shopping with a 5 year old is like. Evie wasn’t huge fun for the most part but was satiated with a bag of sweets and her handwritten shopping list!
We decided to go with a family recipe and make some cupcakes that I knew the Uber Kids team would appreciate! So, we decided to go full on with a big sugar hit.
Here’s the recipe:
Marbled Cupcakes Recipe
Makes 24 cupcakes:
4 eggs (weigh them – in our case 276g)
276g caster sugar
276g self-raising flour
1 pinch of baking powder
A few drops of vanilla extract
Tablespoon of cocoa powder
For decoration, you can use whatever you like, but we chose:
- Marshmallow cupcakes – Marshmallow fluff/Marshmallows/Sugar sprinkles
- Chocolate caramel cupcakes – Caramel spread/Caramel chocolate bar/Chocolate sprinkles
The first thing we did was of course, wash our hands before Evie got into her apron. She looked the part of a top dessert chef!
We’d already weighed the eggs so we then weighed out the sugar, flour and butter to the same weight. Next up, we preheated the oven to 160°C.
We then creamed the butter and sugar together until it was soft and lighter coloured. Evie cracked the eggs into a jug and we beat them. We then added the beaten egg gradually into the batter, along with a spoonful of flour every so often, to stop the mixture from curdling.
We then added the vanilla extract, the pinch of baking powder and flour to the mix before carefully folding it all together until it’s mixed. The batter should be a soft dropping consistency as ours was, but if you try to make this and your batter is too thick, a drop of milk won’t hurt!
Next came the messy part – spooning the batter into cupcake cases! As we’re making a special batch for the Uber Kids team, we decided to only use half of the mixture, and half-filled each cupcake case.
As you can see from the pictures, Evie chose the pirate cupcake cases and some polka-dot ones too. As with all little girls, I suspect, she can never decide whether she prefers pretending to be a mermaid, princess, or today, a pirate! Then, to the remaining batter, we added a good tablespoon of cocoa powder and gave it another mix before splitting the rest of the chocolatey batter into the cupcake cases.
We mixed the light and the chocolatey batter together into swirly patterns as much as possible with a skewer (a toothpick would work just as well) to create a marbling effect. Finally, we added a piece of marshmallow to each polka-dot cupcake case and a piece of caramel chocolate to each pirate case as special treat. Then into the oven they went!
Toppings cover all!
As you can see from the pictures, they didn’t go QUITE to plan. They came out a bit overcooked. Sadly, that’s because the temperature regulator on our oven is broken and the heat was a bit too high! I know this, and usually keep an eye on things. Yet, between preparing cheese sandwiches for Evie’s lunch and washing all the bowls and dishes we’d used, I forgot until it was too late. But never mind, toppings cover all!
When the cupcakes came out of the oven, they went onto a cooling rack for a couple of hours. So, me and Evie snuggled under a blanket and watched Toy Story (again!) Once the cakes were cooled, it was time for the fun part- decorating them!
Evie loved this part! She spooned a teaspoon of marshmallow fluff onto each polka-dot cake and a spoonful of caramel spread on the others. She then finished them off with the the relevant sprinkles. This made a batch of 24 small cupcakes, so plenty enough for Evie to scoff a couple before the rest go to the Uber Kids office on Monday! In fairness, I don’t think I could stop her even if I wanted to.
Her verdict: ‘Delicious!’
What a hit!
Baking with young children is a lot of fun and very rewarding. It’s great for keeping them busy, particularly in the school holidays when they need something to focus on. These cakes are particularly decadent, but it’s nice to have a treat every now and again, right? The best thing about this sort of thing is, they’re super simple anyway. Yes, we made them more complicated than they needed to be, but you don’t have to. And it gives your child the chance to be creative. The cake recipe may be a family favourite but the topping and filling were straight from the mind of a child.
What will your little one choose if you give them the option? My best piece of advice when baking with a child is, don’t worry about a bit of mess. It’s going to happen, and you can always clean up afterwards. Luckily, by the time we’d finished, the rain had cleared and we could go and run off all those calories in the garden!
Have fun with the recipe if you use it – we certainly did!