As if braving the elements to go out and build a REAL snowman with my kids wasn’t enough, I will toot my own horn (toot toot!) and tell you all about what a chill mom I am to have let Dex take charge to make some awesome snowman cupcakes. Our kitchen is the size of a broom closet (HGTV – if you’re reading this… help!) with very minimal counter space, so I generally try to keep the kids out when I’m cooking. But Dex has been wanting to do things more on his own lately, and I want to start letting him find a little independence.
So we saw these amazingly cute snowman cupcakes on Pinterest, and Dexter begged to try making them. I thought they looked fairly simple for a kid to do, so I agreed to let him. We went shopping for the ingredients and then we settled in to make them.
I got a regular white cake mix rather than try and measure out a recipe. And then I cracked some eggs into a bowl and measured the correct amounts of oil and water according to the box. But after that, I stood back and let the kid do the work.
I was so proud of how well he took direction and how much care he took in his work. Cooking with small children is NEVER easy, and I’m pretty sure rambunctious little boys are the worst offenders when it comes to mess making. But he was so excited to get his snowmen that he wanted everything to be perfect.
After I let him whisk and mix the batter up for several minutes, I started to panic a bit. The final stage is the trickiest one with the most potential for a big mess. Scooping the batter into cupcake liners is difficult even for grown ups! I wasn’t sure whether to give him a small measuring cup or a spoon, so we tried both. In the end the spoon was the winner. Even though it was as messy as I feared, he had SO much fun filling those little cups. Of course, he wouldn’t listen when I told him to fill them just half way. He wanted “BIG BIG CUPCAKES MOMMY!” Who am I to argue?
Into the oven they went, and after they were done we popped them in the fridge for a while. Finally, it was time to decorate. After making sure the cakes were totally cool, we got out a can of pre-made vanilla frosting, and I let Dex spoon it in big mounts on top of each cake to be the snowman bodies.
I also melted a few chocolate chips, put it in a small plastic baggie and snipped the corner off and let him sort of pipe little faces onto marshmallows. He also piped a few buttons on the frosting to act as buttons. I admit, I have no photos of this stage of decoration because I was cleaning up all the drips of chocolate that were falling on my floors!
But he did some very cute faces and even some hair on some of his friends!
After he’d finished making them look exactly the way he wanted them to, we put them in the fridge. The frosting was a bit warm and was quite drippy, so we decided it was best to let it firm up.
I know that it was AGONY for him to wait, but in the end the result was perfect. He was only too happy to share his little snowman army with his little brother. He even tried to share with Baby Chester. Thankfully I stopped him in time. Mark said they were pretty yummy, too! I refrained from them as I’m not big on cake, and I haven’t got much of a sweet tooth. But they LOOKED delicious.
The smiles on little faces were totally worth the extra dishes and mopping I had to do.