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Cupcake Decorating Ideas for Kids

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by Geoff Edlund (subscribe)
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Published April 28th 2013
Cupcake decorating fun for you and the kids
Cupcake decorating is a fun and easy activity for kids at home.
This recipe will make at least 36 large cupcakes.

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Fresh cupcakes ready for decorating fun.

6 eggs
5 cups of self-raising flour
2 cups of caster sugar
2 teaspoons of vanilla extract
1 cup of milk
400 grams of butter (unsalted)
Food colouring
Icing sugar

Preheat the oven to 180 degrees celsius.
Grease a muffin baking tray.
Beat the butter, sugar, and vanilla until fluffy.
Beat in each of the eggs.
Stir in the flour and milk gradually.
Spoon the mixture in to the tray.
Bake for 15 minutes.
Leave to cool on a wire rack.

Mix the food colouring in to the icing sugar with a dash of hot water, stir, and leave to cool. Put your decorations in bowls in an area where the kids can make a bit of a mess. Most decorations are relatively inexpensive and can include chocolate buds, marshmallows, and sprinkles.

Encourage kids to be creative with their selection of ingredients and designs. A fork, butter knife, and a spatula are useful tools. Cupcake decorating takes a bit of patience and attention to detail. Some suggestions for designs include smiley faces, clocks, stars, and geometric patterns. If you are looking after a group of kids, each can receive an award for the cupcake that is most fun, uses the most colours, or most carefully decorated. There is a great sense of achievement and enjoyment in cooking.

Once all of the decorating fun is complete, tidy up and display their proud creations on platters. When the kitchen is tidy again, it's time to eat. Cupcakes also freeze well in a Tupperware container so you can enjoy your treats over time. A cold glass of milk and a decorated cupcake in the afternoon is pure heaven.
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