A Quick, No-Mess Way For Baking With Kids

by | Apr 24, 2017 | 0 comments

Okay, let me first give this disclaimer… I am a horrible cook. I have big dreams of fancy 5-course dinners, but it just never happens. On the other hand, I do love to bake. Cookies, cakes, brownies, scones. The list goes on and on! However, I am not going to lie. Baking with kids is a lot of work.

The clean up ends up being more involved, and I just don’t always have the time to let them help out. Sometimes, our kitchen projects can end up feeling more stressful than they are fun. And since I love baking, I don’t want to turn that activity into a taxing and frustrating time.

And I always start off thinking that getting my kids involved in the kitchen is going to be fun and educational.

Yes, my girls do love helping me out in the kitchen. Plus, learning to cook and bake is empowering. It teaches our kids math skills, responsibility, and the basics of life’s know-hows.

So, do you want to teach your kids about the responsibility of cooking & baking?

Do you want to let them have fun in the kitchen with you, without the huge mess and time obligation?

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Then check out this quick and easy way for baking with kids. In less than two minutes you’ll have baked a cake together!

Keep it Simple

As much as I’d love to teach my daughters how to make cinnamon rolls from scratch (wouldn’t that be nice?!), that is a process that takes hours. And it is probably better for when they are a little bit older and have more experience in the kitchen. (I’ll pull out the Martha Stewart books if/ when that time comes … )  😉

Ultimately I’ve found that it’s not so much about what I am making with them. It’s more about having fun in the kitchen together.

And for us, that means keeping it simple. We don’t need to be baking cake masterpieces together in order for my kids to learn and for us to have fun at the same time.

So, a simple idea for baking with kids and creating a cake together is actually by using a box mix! You can actually buy the pre-made box cake mix and break it down into single-serve portions.

Then, you can surprisingly “bake” the cake right in your microwave.

Yes, I know what you are thinking. “What? A microwave?! How absurd. Microwaved cake probably tastes awful!”

But strangely enough, let me assure you, it actually tastes really great!

It just requires a little bit of simple math.  And, maybe some trial and error. LOL

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Instead of using the entire box to make one cake, portion it out into single servings.

For example: if the cake box says, “makes 24 servings,” simply divide each of the measurements for the required ingredients by 24.

If you are impatient like me, you can really just eyeball the amounts.

  • Have your child scoop approximately 1/2 a cup of cake mix into a microwavable mug.
  • Then, depending on the mix that you are using, add about 1 tablespoon of oil and 1 tablespoon of water.

If your child is old enough, have him or her do the math calculations.

  • Stir the mixture, adding more oil or water, to get the desired consistency.

Picture of mom's life hacks logo cartoon light bulb with a heart filament MLH Hack: For fun, you could have your child add rainbow sprinkles, mini chocolate chips, or his/her favorite topping into the mix.

  • Microwave for about 2 minutes, checking every 30 seconds to see when the cake is cooked.
  • Finally, let your cake cool down.
  • Then once cooled, your child can add some special treats such as icing, peanut butter, or more sprinkles as toppings.

And voila! Your cake is ready to eat!

Another fun way to make baking with kids easier, and with even less of a clean up, you can even eliminate the bowl or mug that you baked the cake in…

Yes, similarly you can make this exact recipe inside of an ice cream cone. Firstly, it’s completely edible. Secondly, there is little to no clean-up. And lastly, the end result is absolutely adorable!

Yes, please! 🙂

Another fun way to do something with your kids and teach them responsibility? A lemonade stand!

Have Fun

Remember, this is all about having fun. Your child will be so proud of his or her cake, no matter how simple the recipe is.

I’ve found that my children are much more likely to eat when they’ve helped out with the cooking. Not that I’ve ever had any trouble with my kids eating their cake, but you can use this same concept for making pizzas, cooking baked ziti, mixing salads, and anything else you can think of.

You can be creative without the mess! Baking with kids doesn’t seem so bad now, does it?

mother and daughter in a kitchen with baking supplies ready for a baking with kids lesson to make a cake

All in all, if you don’t want to do the math, check out the ‘KakeMi 90-Second Cake Kit’.  I made it with my 5-year-old daughter and it was absolutely delicious and impossible to mess up. We had fun making it together, and it was quick, mess-free, and simple!

So, what are your hacks for baking with kids? Do you have any tried and true tips and tricks? Maybe something that was passed down from your mother and/ or grandmother?

And also, let me know if you try the 90-Second Cake Mix box idea with your kids. If you did, was it easy for you? Did it taste any good?!

Please definitely post a pic in the comments with your finished product!

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