Do you love baking with your kids….it’s a regular activity in our house! When holidays approach there is even more of an excuse to break out the cake mix, frosting, and create some yummy fun, like this carrot cupcake recipe that was fun for all of us to create. Special thanks goes out to Pillsbury™ and Walmart for sponsoring this post and helping us mix up a moment this season. Here is how you make these carrot patch cupcakes. 😉
When it comes to kids and baking you have to take it all in stride and remember that things will NOT look perfect. These three pretty carrot patch cupcakes you see were my creation, but their lumpy bumpy “carrots” were just as fun for them to make and just as yummy…that’s what baking is all about right, the taste! I like easy, few ingredients, and creating some type of “food art” when I am baking and Pillsbury™ cakes and frosting help with that. We thought since it was close to Easter these would be a great way to mix up a traditional box of chocolate cake mix. Just add the necessary ingredients according to the Pillsbury™ cake mix you chose, bake, and move on to the fun part…the decorating! 😉
Cooking with kids is a great learning experience too. How to crack an egg, and showing them an easy way to fill muffin cups using a small measuring cup are a few tips that will carry them into adulthood. I would suggest practicing how to crack an egg in a separate bowl so you don’t end up with any crunchy cupcakes, but after a few she got the hang of it and we were able to pour what she had cracked into our mix. Learning that cupcakes rise, and that is why we only fill the muffin papers halfway full may seem obvious, but for first time bakers it’s an important note. Just show them by filling one or two and let them take over from there. Using a 1/4 c. measuring cup makes filling them a lot easier and not nearly as messy. We put a few marshmallows in the middle of a couple cupcakes as you can see here to see how they would turn out, you can see here in this post, experimenting is always fun. 😉
While those are baking get out a small freezer baggie and fill it with your frosting. We used Pillsbury™ Orange Funfetti® frosting because we wanted it to look like carrots. Since I am all about EASY it helps that Pillsbury™ has a variety of colors already made in the tub so I don’t have to fool around with food coloring and it is already a nice bright color!
Call it a kitchen hack but using a freezer baggie is cheaper than a pastry bag and is easy for kids to grip and squeeze out. You can store it in the fridge too if you want it stiffer when it coms out. Squeeze a dollop out, add a few sour strips of green for your carrot stems and you’re ready to enjoy your carrot cupcake recipe! Grab a $.75 off coupon here too while you’re at it and save some money on your baking experience. 😉
If you love these carrot cake cupcakes for Easter you should grab some white Pillsbury® cake mix, white whipped frosting and make these sheep cupcakes too…now that’s double the Easter fun!
What are your favorite things to bake with your kids at Easter time?? For more fun ideas visit the Pillsbury® Pinterest page…there are some great ones there!
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of The J.M. Smucker Company. The opinions and text are all mine.