Easterific Cupcakes in Eggs !

Ahhhhh Holy Week is near !  Wanna do something fun???

This fun kids / adult activity is great because it involves everything you love about Easter — Dying Eggs, Decorating them and Eating Cupcakes ! What more can you ask for???

Egg Dye Ingredients

1/2 Cup Hot Water
1 Teaspoon Vinegar
Food Colorings

Cupcake Ingredients (any type/brand of cake mix is great )

Betty Crocker White Cake Mix
3 Egg Whites
1/2 Cup Vegetable Oil
1.5 Cups Water

Buttercream Icing Ingredients

3 Cups Powdered Sugar
1/3 Cup butter
2 teaspoon vanilla extract
food coloring (optional)
Milk to adjust consistency

Using the electric mixer, mix powdered sugar and butter on low speed until well blended then add milk a teaspoon at a time to adjust consistency,  lastly add the vanilla extract.

Note:  To get the dinosaur egg color / blueish green color,  I used brown eggs and blue food coloring.

 

Thanks for reading and watching!

Donut Recipe / Cake Doughnuts / Kids cooking

Doughnut or Donut is a fried ring shape dessert that is comprised of 100% Bad Carbs, 100% Bad Fats and perhaps ?% Preservative.  Pure evil.  Don’t you agree?

Of course you do.  That is why it’s so hard to resist donut temptations.

And that is also why I have tried my best (even though I know it’s impossible) to prevent Bug from ever discovering what the hell is a doughnut.

To make a sad story short.  Recently, ‘doughnut’ became her new vocabulary.  It happened just about 3 weeks ago after being invited to a friend’s birthday party.  And ever since then she never stopped asking for a doughnut every time we pass by a doughnut store.  

Hence last week I decided to make a ‘considerably healthy” doughnut recipe that Bug / kids can learn to make and enjoy.  No yeast needed, so it’s pretty fast to make.  And best of all kids love them.

cake donut recipe

Uncooked donuts by Chef Celeste

But first let me just clear out one thing, making donuts are not at all easy for a kid beginner or even adult.  Bug made this twice last week before getting it right.  The first time she made this it was a bit tough because she over kneaded the dough and added too much flour.  At one point I think she even forgot that she was handling a bread dough and not play dough.  I knew it would happen and I was expecting it but I didn’t jump in to help her because I wanted her to learn.  The second time around was delicious!  So if your little one don’t get it right the first time, TRY AGAIN because it’s worth it.

I personally like them coated with just plain cinnamon sugar or spread with strawberry jam but I’m sure Bug prefers them frosted with sprinkles and such like the store bought ones.  So below are frosting recipes I used for our doughnuts.

Strawberry glaze:  The one I used in the video is just melted white chocolate with a drop of strawberry oil and red food coloring.

Caramel glaze :  I used store bought caramel sauce

White chocolate glaze : melted white chocolate.

Cinnamon Sugar topping:  Mix 1/4 Cup white sugar + 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon powder

Ingredients to make 4 standard doughnuts
Difficulty Level : Moderate for kids.

1/2 Cup + 2 Tablespoon All purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon Baking soda
Pinch of cinnamon
Pinch of salt
1 egg
3 Tablespoon sugar
2.5 Tablespoon Sour Cream
Please watch the video for the procedure 🙂

Tips for a tender donut:
– Do not over knead the dough for it will result in tough donut.  Knead for just a couple of minutes.  If the dough is too sticky to roll out, fold in a little more flour just until it’s good enough to roll with a rolling pin.

– Fry just until golden brown on both sides.  About a minute per side.

Eat them fresh because they taste the best!

The Little Chef That Could

Honey French Toast Recipe
One of her favorite breakfast foods served with fresh fruits.

Before my Bug turned into a little masterchef-in-the-making I didn’t plan on teaching her how to cook or bake anything at such an early age __3 years old??? What?  In fact it never even crossed my mind.  This entire cooking frenzy kind of just happened.

It was around Feb or March Sunday morning when I got a new nanny and as usual I always teach the new nanny how to cook Bug’s favorite foods.   At that time I was teaching the Nanny how to cook Banana pancakes.  When suddenly Bug said ” you forgot the oil mommy.”   I was surprised because I wasn’t even aware that was she paying attention all this time.   Trying to stay focused and excited at the same time I told her nanny to let bug make her own pancakes while we watch.  And she did it. With gusto!  I taught her how to measure the ingredients properly, two tries later she’s now a pro at making pancakes.  If you haven’t seen her banana pancake video you have to watch it!

Easy Pancake Recipe

And to add to our excitement my mom gave Bug a cooking kit  I wrote about it right HERE.  At that point I told her nanny to let Bug make most of her breakfast foods.  Hence the little masterchef-in-the-making is born.

I would love to think that she’s born with exceptional cooking skills, MAYBE, but I think it was more of right timing and receiving a good amount of attention for me to discover what her interests are and then giving her the opportunity to love it even more.

Below are some more foods that Bug can make pretty much by herself.  These recipes are kid friendly so I hope it will inspire you to teach you’re kids or even yourself how to cook, bake, measure, and have fun in the kitchen!

Cheesy Scrambled Eggs
Here she learned the meaning of “cutting cheese into cubes” and some basic knife skills.

I also told her that this is the ONLY knife she can ever use..  It’s part of the cooking set I introduced in the Pancake video above.  I love it because it’s as big as a real chef knife, sharp enough to cut through some vegetables and fruits and yet very safe for kids.

Toasted Cheese Sandwich
I know I know it’s not Halloween but she loves wearing this pajamas because it glows in the dark and she can dance the skeleton dance!

This recipe is real simple with only three ingredients.  Bread, butter, and cheese! She learned how to use a toaster here and where the ingredients are kept.   On this video she even danced the skeleton dance called ” Them Bones” while waiting for the toaster to ring.

Chocolate Cupcakes with frosting

artistic milestones This is the newest recipe i taught her, a lot more challenging for her because it has many new ingredients like flour, cocoa, baking soda, yoghurt, etc.  I explained the function of each of the ingredients so she’d know how important they are in making this cake.

kids can cook

She made this just last week but she had been requesting to make this for more than a month now.   Most of the chocolate cake recipes require the use of an electric mixer which is way too heavy for a 3 year old, so it took me quite a while to come up with a recipe that’s not too sugary, chocolatey, quite healthy and does not require the use of an electric mixer from the cake to the frosting.  Her cupcake video will be up next as soon as I find the time.

I know a lot of people who can’t cook and they end up addicted to fast foods which is NOT healthy. I certainly don’t want that for bug. I want her to love cooking or at least grow up knowing how to cook her meals because home cooked meals are much much healthier than restaurant foods.

Ever since I have involved Bug in cooking I noticed that she has became more aware of what goes in her food, whats healthy and whats not. It’s messy most of the time but whats a little mess if it will help her develop some cooking, math, memorization and practical life skills.  Not to mention improvement in her vocabulary, confidence and appetite.

marinating chicken

Her nanny is teaching Celeste how to marinate chicken . She’s a little grossed out with the chicken but that’s normal for a beginner 🙂

Have you tried cooking with your kids?  What’s it like? What did you guys cook???

Cakes! Glorious Cakes! _ Despicable Me 2, A Pot of Flower, Engagement Cake, Mickey Mouse Clubhouse

I have probably made hundreds of cakes in my lifetime but I still get a little nervous whenever someone orders a cake because my goal has always been to exceed my own and my customer’s expectations. And that’s tough. It’s tough to meet customers expectations, let alone exceed them thats why my brain usually end up overused and overtired and my computer overused and overheating after every cake project.

Nightly before I retire I usually sit with my daughter in front of the telly pretending to watch Disney Junior.   Just pretending because all I can actually see are cakes after cakes and never ending cakes.  Anyways just last week I realized that I forgot to tell you about (or actually brag about ) some of the cakes I have made since a few months back.  My lazy self kept procrastinating on writing a post until I forgot all about it.  Heck this just doesn’t do justice to my overused brain.

Hence this is a post exclusively for the forgotten cakes. So without further ado here are some of the cakes I have made that I believe I haven’t had the time to post when they were made.

Despicable Me 2 

This cake is for my husband.  I rarely make cakes for him because he’s not much of a cake or pastry eater.

I mean if he had a choice between pigging out on a delicious cake or dimsums he will definitely choose the dimsums.  But recently he’s on a diet and you know what dieters crave for the most? SUGAR!  (so I had an evil plan to make him a cake for his birthday. Wahaha! ) So I made him a low fat and low sugar banana cake for his birthday.  I decided on a Despicable Me theme because he loves the humor of that movie.

Chocolate Flower Pot

baking big ideas

The truth is I hate making flowers because I find it super boring to make the petals.   That’s mostly the reason why I don’t like making wedding cakes but last month was my truly amazing mother-in-law’s birthday who truly loves flowers so I have to say I really don’t have any choice but to make flowers.

Baking Big Ideas

I had to make 10 flowers and that’s equivalent to 220 petals for this small chocolate cake pot.  And believe me if I were to explain how each petals were made it will take a whole post, so lets just skip that part.  I’m glad everyone loves this cake and I was actually surprised on how beautiful this turned out, it definitely exceeded my own expectation.

A Romantic Engagement Cake

baking big ideas

I have nothing to say about this cake except that it’s perfectly romantic especially the first picture.  I love it to the max!  The soon to be bride, Cherry, allowed me to post their photo here to show you guys.  Thank you so much Cherry! It’s picture perfect!

Mickey Mouse Clubhouse

baking big ideas

I was a baker at age 12 but I was a painter since I was 7.   I have to say I enjoyed making this cake the most because it involves both form of art, painting and cake decorating.

baking big ideas

The painted and fondant-ed background really adds up nicely to the entire look of the cake.  The mom who ordered this wanted the cake to be mostly marshmallow buttercream frosted so instead of covering the entire cake with 100% fondant I only covered it 30%. The Mickey Mouse figure is entirely edible.

Current Project

Baking Big ideas

Ayayayayay! More flowers! I can’t tell you anything else.  You’ll have to see it when it’s done 🙂

Well thats that.  Thank you so much for reading!

3 Year Old Cooks Breakfast __ by Playful Chef

My daughter Bug got a Cooking Kit from my mom a few months ago and ever since then she’s been dreaming about cooking and baking everything.  Besides the cooking/baking tools, the set also includes a really cute apron and five fun recipe cards that’s easy enough for 3+ year olds.  So far we’ve tried 2 recipes from this set during her Summer break.  The Perfect Pita Pizza and the Chocolate Mountain Lava cake.  She loves the Pizza but she’s not too fond of the Lava Cake.

Other recipes which we have yet to try are Peanut Butter Fun, Fruit Yogurt Parfait and French Toast Sticks.

Other than that she also cooks her own cheesy scrambled eggs and pancakes.  I taught her an easy and delicious way to cook banana pancakes and she learned it so quickly.  I took a video of her one Sunday morning making her own banana pancakes. Check it out below.

You might also want to try this recipe because it’s soooo goooood and it’s soooo easy !

1 large banana, mashed
1 egg
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 Tablespoon oil
1/3 Cup of Water
125 grams of pancake mix
Mix the the first 5 ingredients in a bowl then add the pancake mix.  Heat butter in a non stick pan, then cook 1.5 to 2 minutes on both sides.  Enjoy!

I think this is one of the best gift that Bug got because she’s learning how to measure at a very young age and more conscious of how things are made.  Plus I notice that she tries to act more mature when she’s independently making her own food.

Thanks mom for a wonderful gift ! Bug’s becoming a playful little chef !

Tooth Fairy, Mission Impossible

When I was 6 I was too scared of Tooth Fairies coming into my bedroom reach under my pillow while I sleep to look for my tooth. Even though I was assured that tooth fairies are nice and loving, they still scare me for some reason.

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The first time I left my tooth under my pillow, I couldn’t sleep well the whole night.   Little tiny sounds woke me up and the poor Tooth Fairy was probably cold and tired outside peeking at my window, waiting for me to fall asleep.  The following morning mom told me that the fairy didn’t get me a present because she knew I was awake.

The second night I left my tooth under my pillow, I couldn’t sleep well yet again for I’m scared that the Tooth fairy might be frustrated with me for wasting her time the other night.  The following morning there was still no present.

The third night.  Oh no, I don’t want the tooth fairy coming here, I thought.  I really felt that the Tooth Fairy was really pissed.   So I told my brave twin sister to keep my tooth under her pillow so when the Tooth Fairy comes she would go straight to my sister and replace my tooth with money which we would then split the following morning.  My twin sister agreed and so I was able to sleep well.  The following morning we found 10 bucks under my sister’s pillow…. Thanx Tooth Fairy… and sorry!

There are many different types of fairy tales, to me, whether a tale is good or bad depends on the child’s circumstances.  But in general I think Tooth Fairies, Santa Clause, Mermaids, and such are fun and harmless fantasies to kids.

–> I wrote this for the Daily Prompt — Fantasy

I LOVE YOU

Weekly Photo Challenge : LOVE

Wedding

A picture of my grandma so happy at the church on my wedding day. This photo for me is all about love.  Before grandma died, she suffered from Diabetes, Alzheimer and Heart attack; diseases full of loss and pain.  As every year progresses, she loses more and more memory, sight and hearing. She forgets who my sisters were, my cousins, she forgets how to close the jar of jam, she forgets how to use the phone, she forgets a lot of people and her relationship with them.  Yet even with a dying heart and failing mind, she never forgets to give love and she never forgets me.  Among her 21 grandchildren, I grew up being the closest to her, hence I was the one that noticed first hand how her diseases were progressing and it’s so hard for me.  I would often sit very close next to her holding one of her hands as I talk to her, I talk to her about anything as I try to maintain my connection with her senile mind. I remind her to take a walk after meal, we talk about my work, my siblings, my boyfriend, my parents, what she ate at the mall last weekend, I often show her my artworks, and talk about her garden because she’s a big nature fan.  She always tells me she loves me, she tells me to pray, she tells me to eat more, she tells me to visit her often, etc.

Weeks before my wedding day I went up to her and gave her my wedding invitation and told her that it’s perfectly fine with me if she couldn’t come at my wedding because she’s too weak and had a hard time walking.   She told me “ of course I have to go because it’s your wedding. You’re my favorite.”   Sounds cheesy but that’s really how she talks, direct and sincere.  She attended the wedding mass at church the whole morning and the wedding reception at the hotel the whole night.   I’m so very much grateful for that and so very much grateful for having her in my life.

Here are some other images of LOVE that I LOVE :

Chelbug

Often times our pet knows more about love than we do. Agree?

sister and cousin in hammock

An old picture of my sister and cousin loving each other like two peas in a pod.

mao's birthday

Love is : Spending my whole morning in the kitchen to surprise someone on their Birthday…

Love this Cake!

Love is : I can’t get enough of you.

© 2013 Abigail Lu / Artistic Milestone