Maker Monday: Let’s try to bake a cake


Happy Monday, Kidsburgh families. This week’s fun and easy “Let’s Try” Maker Monday project, courtesy of our friends at the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh, teaches your child how to make a cake from scratch and decorate it. We are happy to start the week by bringing you this particularly delicious maker activity.

A note to the child Makers (and Bakers): Please work with a parent or caregiver on every project and always be extra careful when using tools of any kind.

Maker Monday materials you will need:

  • 1.5 cups of flour
  • 4 tbsp. Cocoa powder without sugar
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 1 C. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 5 tbsp. vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon of white vinegar
  • 1 C. vanilla
  • 1 cup cold water
  • 9 inch cake pan
  • an oven


  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  • In a large bowl, mix all the dry ingredients together (flour, sugar, cocoa, baking powder, salt).
  • Add the wet ingredients (oil, water, vinegar, vanilla).
  • Mix until the batter is smooth.
  • Use a little more oil (or use butter or cooking spray) to grease the 9-inch pan.
  • Pour the batter into the pan and use a spatula to smooth it out.
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes (or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean).
  • Now is the time to decorate! One option: use powdered sugar and sprinkles. watch the video to find out an easy way to make a powdered sugar heart on your cake using paper, pencil or pen and a sieve.

Do you want more fun at home doing beautiful things? Check out more Maker Monday videos from Kidsburgh and the Children’s Museum!


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