The family and I were driving home from the gym on Wednesday, the public holiday, when our young man very confidently asks us to please get him a cupcake! Hubby was feeling for one too, I’m guessing, because the next thing I had a choir chanting away that they needed a cupcake 🙂
We stopped off at the local supermarket, to initially just get butter/margarine (take your pick) when I recalled reading about #Snowflakes Barney Cupcakes. Asked hubby to rather get the Barney Cupcake Mix Pack as it would be quicker, fun and J would be my assistant sous-chef!
Kitted out in his own apron and “chef” hate our young man and I started our mission to create these so much desired cupcakes 🙂
He unpacked the packet himself, ok I assisted in laying it out just so we could get a decent pic of what all came with it 🙂
Included in the packet was the cupcake and icing mix, paper cups and decorations! I found this just brilliant! Less stress about what goes where as the packaging has all the details, even hubby who isn’t much of a kitchen person at the best of times, would have passed with flying colours!
Normally, I would have wanted to control the environment and most likely just have J observe more than assist, but, at school this term they are focusing on their roles and responsibilities at home. This was the perfect opportunity to let him explore that.
I assisted a little with the breaking of the egg, but let him do the rest.
He loved that he was being allowed to do so much. Add ingredients, turning on the mixer. It was fun for both of us I swear!
As we’ve heard before on Masterchef, you’re not a good cook if you don’t taste your ware!
Important that you taste batter before you even start filling the paper cups with it!
The batter passed our young sous-chef’s test and we progressed to the filling. Even though the test had been successful, it was necessary that we continued to taste post filling each paper cupcake 🙂
Placing unbaked tray of cupcakes into the oven was left to dadE. I loved how he turned to me and said that it is hot, and so he can’t go near it!
That’s clearly not just from us telling him but most definitely from the cooking class at school, because as we all know at the wonderful age of 3 only the teachers know best 🙂
Out the oven within 15min, golden brown and looking just perfect! You can’t go wrong I promise you… The cupcakes were still hot, but he was clearly so eager for one, that he could not wait to taste them. I let him know that we had to first make the icing and allow the cupcakes to cool down before we could eat them. He agreed. Once the icing was done we had to make sure it tasted right.. it’s the only way!
Everything is a negotiation these days … 🙂
Cupcakes were cooled down.
Getting creative and messy with icing was next. Easily spread the purple icing on the cupcakes and J loved finishing his artwork with the provided sprinkles and Barney toppers.
It goes without saying that for each cupcake that was sprinkled .. a handful of sprinkle also had to be tasted. Just in case …
When the last cupcake had been successfully decorated, it was time to eat one!
He had waited long enough .. a whole 30 minutes roughly from start to finish baking these super delicious cupcakes.
We will definitely be doing these cupcakes again!
They come with extremely easy instructions to follow, and make it a wonderful bonding experience with your child.
For the record dadD and I were only allowed one Barney Cupcake each .. the rest was for him and school 🙂