My kids LOVE to bake! Since they were 4 and 2 years old I have been setting up independent cooking activities for them. They love to make cakes and cupcakes and we have done it together so often that they know the general idea of what to do. I would set out all the ingredients for them, already measured, and let them decide themselves in what order they would do things.
Everything they have cooked has always turned out delicious! They are so proud of themselves when they are able to do everything on their own, and it also encourages them to work together really well. They have to decide who will do each task and share them out so they are both happy. Now that they are 5 and 3, and my 5 year old has started to read, I thought they would like to have a recipe that they could follow themselves. This would allow even more independence as they would be able to do all of the measuring themselves. We didn’t have any recipe books which they could read, so I converted my Nan’s chocolate cake recipe into one that they could use. I used simple words that my 5 year old would be able to work out, and also included pictures so that my 3 year old would be able to follow along.
I set out the ingredients and recipe for them on their table in the play room so they could both reach and had plenty of room to move. They were so excited and got straight to work!
The first task was measuring the butter. This took a lot of trial and error. Lots of reading numbers, deciding if they needed to add or take away some butter, and working out that the amount of butter you added determined how much higher the number would go. Lots of meaningful maths practice!
Once again they worked really well together. My 5 year old would read out the directions and then they would each take a turn measuring out the ingredients.
My 3 year old particularly liked the mixing and taste testing…
…and my 5 year old even remembered to grease and line the tin.
After what seemed like a LOT of taste testing, the batter finally made it into the pan.
Of course, I put it in the oven for them, while they busied themselves with licking the bowl clean.
That afternoon they iced the cake themselves and had a piece each for afternoon tea.
They were both so pleased with themselves and being able to make a cake all on their own. They couldn’t wait to tell their Dad what they had done when he got home from work. They have been asking to do it again ever since! I think I am going to have to also create some more healthy recipes for them to use!
This was such a fun and easy activity for me to set up, and they got such enjoyment out of it while also incorporating practice in reading, problem solving, measuring, weighing, following instructions, fine motor skills, sequencing, counting, fractions, turn taking, communication, and probably much more!
I would love to share the printable recipe for you to use in your own homes, just click HERE! And be sure to let me know how it goes!