Baking with the Toddler- Easy Vanilla Cupcakes

Yesterday we didn’t make our usual playgroup as both kids have been full of cold. We decided to have a day at home as the weather was terrible and I had loads of parcels due to arrive. The toddler kept asking for cupcakes, which we didn’t have. So I thought it was the ideal opportunity to try out some baking with her.


Violet usually gets pretty bored with baking. She just likes to eat the creations when they’re finished. So I was very surprised at how excited she was to make some cupcakes and she was straight in with her apron on asking what she could mix.

Toddler Mixing


She was obviously in the mood to get her bake on as she did the lot!



We decided to divide the ingredients into six large cupcakes rather than make the 12 small as the recipe makes.


When it came to doing the icing she had no patience left at all. Which meant that we ended up with a sloppy sort of buttercream, but it tasted good and it was Violet in colour so I let her get on with it. They’re her cakes after all.


I managed to throw some sprinkles on the top of the cupcakes before the eating commenced too!


The Cupcake Recipe

  • 100g Caster Sugar
  • 100g Butter
  • 100g Self Raising Flour (Which we didn’t have so used Plain Flour with a teaspoon of baking powder)
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1tsp Vanilla Extract

For the Cupcake Icing

  • 200g Butter
  • 200g Icing Sugar
  • Food Colouring
  • Sprinkles for the top if you fancy

The Method

  • Preheat the oven to 180c/ gas mark 4
  • Soften the butter by giving it a good mix. Then add the sugar and mix it all together.
  • Beat the eggs in a separate bowl then add to the sugar and butter and mix it together.
  • Sift in the flour and again mix.
  • Add the beaten eggs and vanilla extract and mix everything together.
  • Spoon the mixture between the cupcake cases.
  • Bake in the oven for 18-20 minutes until golden brown.

For the icing you just need to mix the butter and icing sugar together and add a drop of food colouring. If you have more time (and patience) than us, you will have a stiff mixture that you can then pipe onto the top. Or you could settle for a sloppy mix like us and let the toddler go wild!



Mother Hermit xx


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  1. You have such a good little assistant there. Mine always asks to help then either just throws flour everywhere, or gets bored after 30 seconds! #foodiefriday


  2. These look really great, exactly how they should look when you bake with a toddler. They sound very easy to make. My eldest gets bored after a while of baking too. She is more interested in the final result and licking the spoon!


  3. Awwwwwwwww bless violet really looks like she’s enjoying herself, can’t wait to start baking with Mimi as my older girls are now independent bakers and it’s not cool to cook with mum!!!



  4. Such a good way to bake with a toddler! Can’t wait for Mine to grow up a little so I can try this 🙂


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