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Cooking with Kids – Ice Cream and Eggshell Cupcakes

Published July 6, 2020 in Kids Activities - 0 Comments
cooking with kids - homemade ice cream

Cooking with kids tickles my funny bone as my grandsons complete their tasks in unexpected ways. But training them in culinary skills also tries my patience as they rush in headlong without listening to my instructions. This week we prepared two popular kid recipes: ice cream and cake, eggshell cupcakes, that is.

Homemade Ice Cream

Are you old enough to remember sitting around an ice cream maker watching your uncles and cousins take turns at the hand crank? Well, even if you aren’t that old, you can still introduce your kids to the delicious taste of homemade ice cream.

The good new is, you can make ice cream without purchasing an expensive machine. All you need is milk (I prefer cream), sugar, vanilla, food coloring, salt, a couple of ziplock bags, and a bucket of ice.

One of the best parts is your kids create ice cream using their own power. After mixing the ingredients, pour them into a sandwich size ziplock bag. That bag then goes into a gallon size bag filled with ice. Next sprinkle a bunch of salt on the ice and seal the bag.

Now the kids start shaking. It takes about 10 minutes for the ice cream to freeze, so everyone gets to take a turn shaking the cold bag. You may want to wrap a towel around the bag for this part.

Last of all, open up the bag and watch your child enjoy ice cream he made himself.

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We found this recipe in a book that describes many great projects for kids. Both of my grandsons love to look at this book and dream of their future projects. Dad’s Book of Awesome Projects by Mike Adamick.

For another cooking with kids project we did, see the homemade pizza video in Home School Challenge – QWK Week 2.

Eggshell Cupcakes

Try a really unique cooking with kids project, eggshell cupcakes. These treats will intrigue your kids with their hard outside shell and the unexpected cake insides. Additionally, using yellow filling makes it look like a real egg.

Start your project by collecting a dozen eggshells with just the tops broken off. Instead of using up twelve eggs all at once, I saved a few at a time as I made breakfast each morning. Within a week, I had enough eggshells. Be sure to rinse them well after emptying.

After gathering your eggshells, assemble your ingredients and supplies.

Ingredients needed:
12 empty eggshells
cake mix (eggs, oil, and water per directions)
non-stick cooking spray
frosting (purchased or homemade)
food coloring

Supplies needed:
muffin pan
aluminum foil
baking syringe

Crumble pieces of aluminum foil in each muffin tin to hold eggshells upright. Spray inside of shells with non-stick spray. Balance eggs in tins on top of foil.

Make up cake mix. Pour batter into each shell. Only fill about half full. Bake at 350 degrees for about 15 minutes.

Mix up frosting or open store bought package.

Take cupcakes out of oven and let cool.

Fill baking syringe with frosting. Insert syringe into center of cooled cupcake. Squirt good amount of frosting into cupcake.

After all cupcakes are filled, crack open and enjoy.

Lessons Learned

Watch the video and you will notice not everything went according to plan. First, the cake batter overflowed the eggshells during baking. Second, the baster was too large to insert into theĀ  center of the egg. So, most of the frosting ended up at the top of the egg. Third, when cracked open, because of the yellow cake and the yellow frosting, the cupcakes did not look like real “eggs.”

So, here’s what I would do differently next time:

  • Fill the eggshells 1/2 full of cake batter, not 3/4.
  • Take the time to hunt down a baking syringe, the baster did not work.
  • Buy a white cake mix and use yellow frosting.

This project also came from Dad’s Book of Awesome Projects by Mike Adamick.

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