We love getting creative with food over here at Create Laugh Learn. We have painted with berries, created Jello art, made eggs bounce, and made lemons fizz. When one of our favorite Instagram accounts @Get.Creative.With challenged every one to get creative with food this week, I knew this theme was right up our alley. My daughter loves to paint, and I love cake, so I thought, “why not combine painting, and baking?” What toddler doesn’t like mixing up tasty treats? We whipped up a batch of mini cakes, and made almond flavored sugar glaze to use as our “cake paint”.
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- Our favorite cupcake recipe
- Sugar glaze recipe for the “cake paint”.
- Food coloring
- Ingredients for both recipes
- Large mixing bowl
- Measuring spoons, and measuring cups
- Hand mixer, or stand mixer
- Clean, preferably new paintbrushes
- Small cups, or bowls for the icing “paint”
- Large serving platters to place the little cakes on. We got ours from the Dollar Tree.
- Mix and serve container
- Cute silicon flower molds
Get all your cake ingredients ready. I like to put everything in several small bowls, so my toddler can pour them in one, by one. If your child is older, you might want to have them help you measure everything out. Once I got all my ingredients ready, I read the directions to my daughter step, by step, as she poured each ingredient in.
I let her put all the dry ingredients in, and then she whisked them all together.
After whisking, I let her put in the wet ingredients. I cracked the eggs for her one, by one, into a small bowl, and let her dump them into the large mixing bowl. We forgot to add the box cake mix, so we had to go back, and add it after we added everything else, oops!
Then we mixed all the ingredients together with a hand mixer. I also have a stand mixer, but thought it would be easier to do all the mixing on her little table, so she can see everything without me having to worry about her falling off a chair.
After we mixed everything together, we scooped some batter into a mix, and pour container. Our mix, and pour container has a lid, and a small hole, so you don’t have to worry about spilling your batter all over the place. I use to use measuring cups to pour my batter, but my daughter always puts her head in the way, while pulling on the arm I’m pouring with, so having a lid to block all the spillage was a big help! We use this mix and serve container .
The flower molds we used were perfect for this activity. My daughter loves flowers, so she was thrilled to have her own little flower cakes to paint. I thought it would be fun to make little tea cakes, but you could also do this with little mini cupcakes. Baking, and decorating anything, is always a big hit, so I am sure it wouldn’t matter what you put the batter in. Just make sure there are plenty of little cakes to paint!
After the cakes cooled off, we mixed up a batch of sugar glaze icing. We doubled this recipe, and used half a tablespoon of almond flavoring per batch, instead of vanilla extract. Then we separated the icing into seven different plastic cups, and added food coloring. I used rainbow colors, plus pink, because a girl has to have a little pink! When the cakes cooled off, I placed them on two different serving platters, and put clean, brand new paint brushes in each cup of icing. I wanted to make sure that we weren’t going to be eating little particles of paint from her old paint brushes! Then I let my daughter have fun painting. Of course I had to join in on the fun as well, because who can resist painting little flower cakes?
If you are looking for a fun activity to do with your kids, you should give this a go! It is always fun to be able to play with food, and these little cakes were so delicious, even I couldn’t keep my hands off of them. You could open a pretend bake shop, and let your little baker go to town creating master pieces! Do you have any fun baking activities you do with your kids? We would love to hear from you, just drop us a comment. Don’t forget to add this activity to your do list, by pinning it for later! Trust me, your child will definitely smile as much as Little C did. Just look at her smile!