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Baking with Kids: Mini Chocolate Cupcakes

One of the gifts we got for Christmas this year was a Babycakes Mini Cupcake maker. I just love it!  So far the kids and I have made Funfetti cupcakes, carrot cake cupcakes and this past weekend, we made these adorable mini chocolate cupcakes.



These chocolate cupcakes will be the perfect treat to bring to school for our Valentine's day party!
These mini conversation heart chocolate cupcakes are the perfect Valentine's day treat!

If you have been following along for a while, I am sure you know that I love to bake goodies with my little guys.  Of course when they cook with me, they want to lick and taste everything.  I remember, only a few years ago, the kids and I tried to made pasta. (very easy and fun, the recipe only calls for flour and eggs.)   As we were rolling out the dough, my son kept leaning over and licking the raw dough.  I finally had to send him out of the kitchen, as I was more worried about him consuming raw eggs that I was about him licking our food.

A  few years ago, I stumbled across a pasteurized in the shell egg called Davidson's Safest Choice® Pasteurized Eggs.  (Children under 10 are particularly vulnerable to food-borne illness because their immune systems are not developed enough to fight off food-borne bacterial infections. That's why extra care should be taken when handling and preparing their food.)  These eggs look, cook and taste just like regular eggs, except they have been put through an all natural egg pasteurization process.  Their pasteurization process eliminates the risk of Salmonella in eggs before they even enter your kitchen.

Now you can bake with your kids again without having to worry about them getting sick from tainted raw eggs. This is what they look like:




Back to the cupcakes...

I had really wanted to use a recipe from the book that came with the cupcake maker since their recipes are sized down to make fewer cupcakes, but if course, the moment I needed it, it was nowhere to be found.  Instead, I use a delicious little recipe I found on the here.  It made quite a bit of batter, but that's OK, I just froze the leftovers.  (Did you know you can freeze cake batter?  You can freeze it in freezer bags, in throw away baking tins or do what I did and spoon the batter into the mini muffin cups and freeze it that way.  Once the muffin cups are frozen, I just tossed them into a gallon sized freezer bag.)

 My little one loves loves running the mixer...


Busted...  she was making sure it tasted good .


My son was playing with his new Minecraft game and didn't want to help cook, but he certainly came running when it was time to lick the beaters...

Mini Chocolate Cupcakes Recipe:

Ingredients
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup Baking Cocoa
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 Safe Eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup boiling water
Instructions for the oven (regular cupcake size)
  1. Heat oven to 350°F. Line about 30 muffin cups (2-1/2 inch in diameter) with paper or foil baking cups.
  2.  Stir together sugar, flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt in large bowl. Add eggs, milk, oil and vanilla; beat on medium speed of mixer 2 minutes. Stir in boiling water (batter will be thin). Fill cups 2/3 full with batter.
  3.  Bake 22 to 25 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in centers comes out clean. Cool completely in pans on wire rack
Instructions for Babycakes Mini Cupcake maker:
     1.  Preheat the cupcake maker and line with mini cupcake liners:

    
     2.  Fill the cupcake liners almost top of the liner.  They come out more round this way, I just used my
          pampered chef medium scoop.
     3.  Close lid and cook for 6 minutes.  
     4.  Remove cupcakes from cupcake maker and allow to cool.
     5  Top with your favorite frosting and sprinkles!

Enjoy!



Would you like to win something?:  The folks at Davidson's Safest Choice® have generously provided a Babycakes Mini Cupcake Maker and liners, coupons for a month supply of Safest Choice® Eggs (8 dozen), and a few promotional goodies from Safest Choice®.

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To enter, just fill out the raffle-copter form below and I will draw and announce the winner on Sunday.  (If you are reading this post in your reader or email  you may have to click over to the blog post here to enter.)

Don't want to wait?  Go here to find out where the eggs are sold near you and print a coupon!

Giveaway open to us residents only.



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10 comments:

  1. I don't see the raffle-copter form

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  2. I'm glad to know about these eggs, thanks for the tip. The cupcakes are very cute, just right for little fingers:)

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  3. A much as I'd love to enter (and win, lol), I absolutely deplore rafflecopter. For the last year, my only real internet access has been my phone, and all the hoops rafflecopter requires is very difficult and frustrating for me. I'm sorry.

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  4. These are so freaking adorable! We would love it if you would link up at our new linky party: Two Girls and a Party Hosted by:
    Dana @ This Silly Girl's Life
    Parrish @ Life with the Crust Cut Off
    We hope to see you there!

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  5. Oh darn I missed the giveaway...These look terrific. Hopping over from Round Tuit Hugs!

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  6. These are so cute and look yummy too! I would love for you to link these up to The CSI Project. The challenge is Valentine Treats and Eats. You can link up today and tomorrow.
    www.thecsiproject.com

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  7. The cupcakes look great!! I will have to try this recipe for my husband's birthday this week! Thank you for sharing at Sharing Saturday!

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  8. Thank you for linking up at Craft, Create & Inspire link pay party @ Polkadot pretties last week!!

    Your yummy cupcakes are featured this week and have been pinned to the linky party feature board !

    Hope you will join us again this week !

    Claire @ Polkadot pretties x

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