Cupcake Decorating Party by Anita Marcela
Children love to bake and get involved in the kitchen. Cooking helps them develop fundamental skills such as following instructions, measuring ingredients, and even calculating or doing some math. It is also a different activity that promotes creativity.
Decorating cupcakes is a lovely and fun activity, which works perfectly with a large group of kids. The key to success relies on the organization and preparation. I leave you some tips that will help you organize this activity:
- Bake cupcakes in advance and place one or two to each child's spot.
- Prepare the piping bag with the buttercream inside. You can make buttercream of different colors and put them in the center of the table to share. If the activity includes children under five years, prepare at least two sleeves per color to make it easier for them to turn with favorite colors.
- The most exciting thing to do: choose the cupcake toppings. My favorites are sprinkles of different shapes and colors, mini marshmallows, jellybeans, rain of chocolates, m&m's, and any of the lovely Merry Monday cupcake toppers.
- Each kid should have their own workspace to make them feel comfortable and safe. Ideally, set up each kid's spot with their individual ingredients and utensils to avoids conflicts.
- Although they won't go to withstand the temptation to eat their cupcakes at the moment, it would be helpful to put a box or bag for them to pack and take their cupcakes home. You can even make a packaging station with boxes, paper bags, colored ribbons, decals, markers, and crayons.
Cupcakes and Frosting Recipe //
What you'll need:
- 1 cup unsalted butter
- 2 cups sugar
- 5 eggs
- 3 cups All-purpose wheat flour
- ½ teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup of milk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 100 grams of unsalted butter
- 1 ¼ cups powdered sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 2 teaspoons of milk
Preheat oven to 350F. Prepare a cupcake mold with the cupcake liners.
In the blender, whisk the butter until it gets smooth and creamy. Add the sugar and continue beating. Add the eggs one by one.
Add flour, baking powder, salt, and vanilla. And keep beating until it has a homogeneous mixture.
Finally, add the milk and beat until it is integrated into the rest of the ingredients.
Pour the mixture to fill 2/3 of each cupcake liner (remember the dough will grow in the oven). Bake for 20 minutes or until, when inserting a wooden stick in the center of a cupcake, it comes out dry.
Prepare the frosting by mixing the butter until smooth and creamy. Add powdered sugar, salt, vanilla, and milk. If you want to prepare buttercream of colors, add two or three drops of dye. Mix at medium speed until a creamy texture is obtained.
Increase speed to high and beat for 4 minutes.
You can prepare the cupcakes the day before the party and keep them in an airtight container at room temperature.
For the buttercream, I'd suggest you prepare it the same day as the party, the advantage is that the preparation is fast and straightforward.
If you want to try a different cupcake's recipe, take a look into my Lemon Cupcake recipe here.