It’s a cupcake mix that comes with ten cupcake liners, icing sugar, and circus-themed decorations made out of royal icing. It couldn’t be simpler to make: simply add one egg and one tablespoon each of melted butter and water to the dry cupcake mix. A few seconds of stirring yields a very thick, viscous batter which is enough for only six cupcakes. Bake the cuties in a 350°F oven for 12 minutes and let cool. Then frost and decorate as desired.
It sounds like child’s play but for a three year old, it’s serious business.
My dad gave Boo the aforementioned cupcake mix a few weeks ago. After seeing me bake a cake yesterday, she suddenly got the urge to bake as well. I’m a big believer in encouraging my little girl’s creativity, so I got out the spatula and mixing bowl. All I did was measure out the ingredients for her and she stirred the batter. I divided the batter among the cupcake liners and then baked them for 12 minutes.
Twelve minutes is a brief fling when it comes to baking time. But for an impatient three year old, those 12 minutes feel like 12 months. Clutching the multi-colored balls (dragees) and decorations that came with the mix, Boo would ask me once a minute if the cupcakes were ready already. This is where teaching her the value of patience comes in, but when one is already impatient, patience flies out the window (or disappears during baking).
When Boo saw me taking the cupcakes out of the oven, she raced to the kitchen, decorating gear in tow. “Now, Mommy!” She shouts, ambling up the kitchen stool. Considering the futility of explaining why the cupcakes had to cool first, I told Boo, “Come, honey, let’s put the cupcakes under the fan while we get the decorations ready.” Thank God for ceiling fans which hasten cooling time.
I stepped aside to let Boo give in to her creativity. You can see the results in these photos. I have a budding baker under my wings.