Baking Cupcakes

Ava loves books, and in the last month or so she has really started taking in what the stories are. A book we have read several times is Princess Tea Party by Gaby Goldsack. I only bought it because it was on the clearance rack at Borders and it came with a cute little ceramic tea set. I never knew it would be such big hit. She now can look at the pictures in books and tell what the characters are feeling. She’ll say, “she’s worried” or “the girl is frustrated”. Well, in this book, the princess is, at one point, making cupcakes for the tea party. When we read this, just like we have at least 20 other times, this time Ava asked, “Can I make cupcakes, too? I want to make cupcakes.” Well how in the world do you say no to that? I told her we didn’t have the ingredients right now (and let’s be honest, that means we didn’t have the box of cake mix) but that I’d go to the store and get stuff the next day to make cupcakes. So, we went in the rain to the grocery store on Friday and got a box of cake mix and chocolate frosting with sprinkles. I made the cupcakes and Ava got to put on the sprinkles. I told her to put on sprinkles the same way we feed our fish-just a little bit at a time. I was afraid she would dump the whole tin of sprinkles on one cupcake. In reality, she really must have been listening because she put like four sprinkles on each cupcake! Anyway, they turned out well and Ava had fun.

She was already licking her lips in this one. She had to wear the Ove Glove, but don’t worry, she wasn’t handling anything hot at all. She only did the sprinkles:

 Here she is with the finished product, confetti white cake with chocolate icing and sprinkles. Note: she’s wearing the apron that Tutu made for her. She insisted on wearing it for all the “baking” she was doing:  

Well, in the end, the chocolate icing was too strong for Ava and she didn’t like the cupcakes that had it on them. HOWEVER, after looking far and wide, I was able to find someone who could choke down a few. Please forgive the crazy post-nap hair :

After eating, Binh had icing everywhere, including behind his ears! He was a happy boy, though. They don’t get too many sweets so this was like a big treat for him:

Lastly, here’s Ava enjoying her little brother enjoying his treat, which she clearly did all the work in making:

  

 

 

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6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. goodhappenings
    Sep 27, 2008 @ 14:13:09

    So cute! Jackson and his best buddy, Cassidy, made Halloween cupcakes last week and he’s been asking me everyday since to make them again. Not helping the diet kiddo! We have a toddler cookbook that Ava would probably love too. Jack is just getting to the age where we can start looking through it and making some stuff together.

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  2. craftymommy
    Sep 27, 2008 @ 15:30:35

    too cute! It looks yummy. 🙂

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  3. Meredith
    Sep 29, 2008 @ 01:17:02

    I haven’t seen many smiles from Binh so the smiling Binh picture is my favorite! What a fur project for all of you.

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  4. Elaine
    Sep 29, 2008 @ 12:50:24

    It looks like everyone had a lot of yummy fun. How can chocolate frosting be too strong for a girl? Ha ha. I wish I didn’t like too much ch0colate.

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  5. asmalltowndad
    Sep 29, 2008 @ 15:09:57

    I’m not sure what is sweeter, the kids or the cupcakes. Cool apron.

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  6. Cupcakes Redondo Beach
    Sep 15, 2011 @ 07:50:01

    Have you ever considered throwing a cupcake party? Cake is so last year, Cupcakes are where it’s at! There are entire cookbooks devoted to the art of Cupcakes. Ever had a Tiramisu cupcake? Ever gotten a group together to see who can create the funkiest cupcake? Cupcakes Redondo Beach is fun and where it’s at!

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