Maker Monday: Let’s try to bake a cake

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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

Instructions:

  • 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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