There is no such thing as a wrong outcome in baking and that’s why a baking kit is the ticket to a great activity for kids of all ages, girls and boys. Sure, misreadings can happen when following directions, pies may not have the right consistency or cakes may not look exactly like in the picture, but the result will still make a sweet treat, which is even tastier when little hands helped bake it.
DIY Baking Kit for Kids
This DIY baking kit for kids provides tools and ingredients for basic cupcakes with frosting. I wanted it simple in terms of putting it together and also looked for an easy recipe that even young kids can follow. You can get everything you need for this kit at one trip at Michael’s. I happened to already have the paint and some of the cupcake liners, but the rest (boxes of two different sizes, most of the cupcake liners, baking spatula) came from there.
I first headed to the wood crafts and supplies department to look for a box that would be spacious enough to contain all the ingredients and this ArtMinds Wood Box was perfect for the job. I also needed 3 little boxes that would fit inside the big box. Unfortunately I don’t seem to find these online but if you go to Michael’s I’m sure you’ll easily spot them. My next stop was at the baking aisle for the cupcake liners. Being as frugal as I am I only picked up the ones that were on sale or clearance. You don’t want the price of the kit to jump high to the roof especially as you won’t use all the liners in a package.
When I tried to mix and match my cupcake liners, I got such a kitschy look at first that I kicked myself for not making better choices. But then I arranged them by color instead of pattern and boy, what a difference!
Because there is some painting involved this won’t be a 1-day project. If you’re thinking of making it as a gift you need to plan ahead. Start by painting the inside of the boxes, let it dry and then go for the outside. I would suggest applying two coats of paint, this is what I did. Choose a light color for the inside, like white or yellow, and a strong vibrant color for the outside. I first painted the inside blue, just like the outside, but it made it look too dark and the liners didn’t pop the way they do now, against a white background. I went for a different color for the lid as I enjoy colorful things and I think it makes it more eye-catchy.
The tree little boxes contain the dry ingredients for the cupcake recipe: 3/4 cup sugar, 2 cups of flour mixed with 1/2 teaspoon salt and 2 teaspoon baking powder (the flour, salt and baking powder go all together into the “Flour Mixture” box) and 2 cups confectioners sugar for the frosting. The recipes also asks for wet ingredients, which are not included in the baking kit. They are mentioned at the top of the recipe.
Baking is a fun activity with an educational side (if you consider the counting and measuring). Sometimes (read most of the times) it can get messy but it’s in the messy kitchens that some of our great bakers were born.