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A Pixie in the Kitchen.

Today my youngest pixie (8) got to use the baking set I got her for christmas. I was a little worried when she decided on a Devils food cake. I've never attempted this cake before so if she ran into trouble i wouldn't be much use. But she wrote her shopping list out and we went to get her ingredients. I let her take charge of the whole thing so I was just there as the walking bank and bag lady. she stuck to her list and even managed to work out how to save some pennies without my guidance at all. Once we got home and into the kitchen I fought the urge to take over and just helped where i was needed so I only got to put the cake in the oven.

Oh she did so well, she followed the recipe, cracked eggs, sieved, mixed and poured like she had been doing it on her own for years then helped with the washing while the cake cooked. It wasn't long until we turned out 2 perfectly cooked cake sections and 4 cup cakes onto the cooling rack. And I have to admit none of my efforts have ever come out of the oven looking so good.

we decided to cheat with the icing and brought a tub of chocolate fudge icing just because she loves it, so I sat back and let her cover the cake and put some white chocolate shavings on top. she struggled a little getting the curled shavings with a peeler so rather than let me take over she opted for white chocolate chips instead. We had the cupcakes with a cup of tea and they tasted amazing everyone pestered her for a slice of the big cake but she is saving that for when her grandma comes home from work.

I'm so proud of her, and amazed at how well she did on her first by herself bake. She is already planning next weeks Victoria sponge cake.

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lionpaw wrote on January 18, 2015, 1:45 PM

That is wonderful that you are teaching her to bake and she can do it so well! My daughters are 2 and just turned 4. They love to bake but so far just do the mixing/ dumping, etc. When they are a little bit bigger they can start doing more!

kat123456 wrote on January 18, 2015, 1:51 PM

Oh yum that sounds delicious. That's such a great idea letting her be in charge of it all including shopping for ingredients

Kasman wrote on January 18, 2015, 2:02 PM

Great achievement - maybe her secret ingredient is Pixie Dust! emoticon :smile:

WordChazer wrote on January 18, 2015, 2:16 PM

Wow. Well done to your little pixie! I am the world's worst baker. I can cook, but baking sweet thing is beyond me by far.

phoenixmaid wrote on January 18, 2015, 2:28 PM

thats what we did when they were both little. oh some of the messes we made. both the girls still love to bake but my youngest has a real passion for it

phoenixmaid wrote on January 18, 2015, 2:30 PM

from the cupcakes it is delicious, mum doesn't get home for another hour yet so we are still waiting to tuck in to the big cake. She asked if she could do the shopping for it so I can't claim the idea lol

phoenixmaid wrote on January 18, 2015, 2:31 PM

ah, i'll have to see if I can get some off her :D

phoenixmaid wrote on January 18, 2015, 2:33 PM

she is so proud of herself. I don't know where she gets it from to be honest, I bake and enjoy it but I'm an average baker so my cakes turn out ok most of the time. for her first cake to come out perfect is pretty amazing.

lionpaw wrote on January 18, 2015, 2:35 PM

Thats great. I remember when I first started this with my oldest and she was like 2. I had no clue about baking really. So everything was new to me. I received some very negative feedback over the fact I was baking with my daughter. I was like how is it bad? We are spending quality time together, learning something, and trying to have some fun celebrating the holidays! I still don't understand their negative view on it but definitely am happy to find people who enjoy baking with their kids!

phoenixmaid wrote on January 18, 2015, 2:53 PM

Oh wow. I've never come across a negative comment about teaching kids to bake. You should definitely ignore those comments it's great for there hand eye co-ordination as well as getting them comfortable in the kitchen. Be a proud baking mummy.

j2401 wrote on January 18, 2015, 3:31 PM

Bless her heart, I like to cook with my grandson who is nearly 3, he loves it.

angelaterese13 wrote on January 18, 2015, 3:51 PM

You are very good at letting her learn and do when so many of us would have been tempted to just take over where they might struggle a little. I'm very impressed with your daughter's baking skills and your mommy skills.

phoenixmaid wrote on January 18, 2015, 3:58 PM

to be honest i found it hard to hold back, but when she took to it so well it got easier. I was very panicky when she was using the hand mixer but she has been holding it with me for years. i did tell her to keep it on the lowest setting though.

k2705 wrote on January 18, 2015, 4:13 PM

Sounds like she did really well, it's good to get them learning to cook, my Sins only 2 but he loves getting in the Kitchen and helping me.

Maplewinter wrote on January 18, 2015, 5:12 PM

That sounds fab! Alex likes to cook and has done since he was younger. Now at 12 he helps cooking dinner every night and I'm sure he could cook us a meal on his own

seren3 wrote on January 18, 2015, 5:50 PM

MMMM!! I want to taste a piece of that Devil's Food Cake! Please tell her!

seren3 wrote on January 18, 2015, 10:24 PM

Great fun. I never learned to bake with my mom. She liked us out of the way.

Sheilamarie78 wrote on January 20, 2015, 1:11 AM

That is wonderful that she is learning to bake all by herself at such a young age. I hope you are not watching calories because it looks as if you're going to have a lot of goodies in the house from now on!

Deema wrote on January 20, 2015, 8:59 AM

Aww, this is so cute! I cannot wait to have kids; fingers crossed for a girl, or two LOL!

Hollyhocks100 wrote on January 21, 2015, 8:09 AM

Wow, didnĀ“t she do well. I wish more parents would put the time in to teach their kids home skills rather than giving them electronic games to keep them occupied and out of the way. My step mother taught me all sorts of things, including baking and knitting.

mrsmerlin wrote on January 21, 2015, 2:09 PM

Oh bless her,

mrsmerlin wrote on January 21, 2015, 2:10 PM

It sounds like you have done a wonderful job on raising her. ... maybe we could get her to cater a persona paper coffee morning? ....

louisechackett wrote on February 2, 2015, 7:09 AM

Ahhh bless her! Sounds like she did well!

BodieMor wrote on February 19, 2015, 7:45 PM

Aw, a sweet little pixie making a sweet little cake! And now I'm wondering, what's the difference between Devil's Food Cake and Angel Food Cake (the latter of which I am familiar...) ?