Maker Monday: Let’s try baking a cake
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 to make a cake from scratch and decorate it. We’re glad to kick off the week by bringing you this especially delicious maker activity.
A note to kid makers (and bakers): Please work with a parent or caregiver on every project and always be very careful when using tools of any kind.
Maker Monday materials you’ll need:
- 1.5 cups flour
- 4 tbsp. unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 tsp. baking soda
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 5 tbsp. vegetable oil
- 1 tbsp white vinegar
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- 1 cup cold water
- 9-inch cake pan
- an oven
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- In a big bowl, mix all the dry ingredients together (flour, sugar, cocoa, baking powder, salt).
- Add wet ingredients (oil, water, vinegar, vanilla).
- Mix until batter is smooth.
- Use a bit more oil (or use butter, or cooking spray) to grease the 9-inch pan.
- Pour 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 it’s time to decorate! One option: Use powdered sugar and sprinkles. check out the video for a simple way to make a powdered sugar heart on your cake using paper, a pencil or pen, and a sifter.
Want more at-home fun making beautiful things? Check out more Maker Monday videos from Kidsburgh and the Children’s Museum!