Sarah, my soon to be 10-year-old, came to me yesterday afternoon and told me she'd like to bake something. I asked her what she wanted to make (while silently praying it didn't involve the EZ Bake oven) and she told me she was thinking of cupcakes. Alright sweetie, check the pantry and see if we have a cake mix. We didn't.
So we put our thinking caps on and both of us remembered that we've been wanting to make something from this cute cookbook we found last fall.
We're Little House on the Prairie fans around here. In second grade, Sarah chose to be Laura Ingalls Wilder for Famous American Day. She studied her life, read the books, and got to dress up like her (cute!) and give a short speech.
She became interested in her life after we started watching the series on dvd. My kids still love watching the adventures of Ma, Pa, Mary, Laura, and Carrie.
So, Sarah perused the cookbook and decided she'd like to make these..
Laura's Little Maple Cakes
Sarah loved every minute of measuring, stirring, mixing, pouring, baking, icing, and decorating.
In the interest of keeping things real, I should tell you that baking with my children, as fun as it can be, is a lesson in extreme patience for me. But who can resist that smile? Or those yummy maple cakes? Not me! I broke my sugar fast and had one (or five) and they were very, very tasty. Let me know if you'd like the recipe!