Baking With Kids: A Valentine’s Day Treat

Valentine’s Day believe it or not is meant for everyone. I am pretty sure that most of us already know about this but sometimes, people tend to forget this and stereotyped the event to just the romantic couples. Valentines is all about love and there are different types of love existing in this world.

Now, since we’re settled on this, I can already introduce a worthwhile activity for the moms and their kids out there that are also excited for the heart’s day. Motherly love is one of the most powerful form of love and with these activities, it will surely showcase how this love translate into delicious goodies that every kid would enjoy. The recipes that you guys are about to learn and enjoy are very much like Valentines. These will not just be a pleasure to the palates, it will also tickle the hearts of its tasters with its lovable designs.

These recipes are easy to make and understand, perfect for bonding experience between mothers and their children. The kids in particular will definitely enjoy preparing these treats since once done, this can be their gifts to their beloved mothers for the Valentine’s Day. So, for all mother-kid tandem out there, ready your aprons and bring out the ingredients.

Heart-Shaped Cupcakes

What could be better than an iconic heart-shape goodie for Valentine’s Day? None, I guess! Bake these heart-shaped cupcakes with sprinkles on top with your adorable kids. They will surely enjoy it as much as you do.

Ingredients:
• 2 ¼ cups of cake flour
• 1 1/4 cups of buttermilk
• 1/2 tsp salt
• 1 tbsp baking powder
• 1 1/2 cups sugar
• 4 set of egg whites (large)
• 2 tsp of grated lemon zest
• 1 stick softened unsalted butter
• white frosting
• pink and red gel food coloring
• sprinkles
Instructions:
1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
2. Line muffin pan or cupcake tins with baking paper liners.
3. Sift and combine the cake flour, salt and baking powder.
4. In a separate bowl, beat the buttermilk and egg whites.
5. Add the sugar and grated lemon zest in mixing bowl. Stroke the zest into the sugar until coated and fragrant.
6. Add the softened unsalted butter to the sugar mixture and beat for 3 minutes at medium speed.
7. Turn the mixer in low speed, and then add half of the buttermilk mixture and only one third of the flour mixture.
8. Slowly add the other half of the dry ingredients along with the remaining buttermilk. After doing so, add the rest of the dry ingredients. Beat on medium-high speed for two minutes, until it’s well mixed and aerated.
9. Fill the muffin pan with 2/3 of the batter.
10. Place a round marble in between the paper liner and the muffin pan (this will make your cupcakes turn into heart shapes).
11. Bake in the oven for 20-25 minutes.
12. Cool the cupcakes in the pan for at least 5 minutes.
13. Transfer the baked cupcakes to rack and let it cool completely.
14. Divide the white frosting into 3 separate bowls.
15. Tint the two filled bowls with the pink and red coloring.
16. Fill the top of the cupcakes with the three frostings.
17. Embellish with sprinkles.

Puppy Love Pops

Puppy love pops are so adorable and at the same time mouth-watering. It is very easy to make and does not require too much of our time. Undoubtedly, your kids will never get bored of doing these (especially on doing the body parts!).

Tools and Ingredients:
• pound cake (frozen)
• canned vanilla frosting
• canned chocolate frosting
• caramels and tootsie rolls (for the ears)
• crushed oreos and graham crackers (for the fur)
• conversation hearts (for the mouth)
• mini M&Ms (for the nose)
• mini chocolate chips (for the eyes)
• pink forks
• 2 inch heart-shaped cookie cutter
Directions:
For the face:
1. Using the 2 inch heart-shaped cookie cutter, make a cut out hearts from the frozen pound cake.
2. Put the forks on the top part of the heart cake cut outs, and then place them on a cookie sheet with wax paper.
3. Freeze them for about 15 minutes.
4. Put the crushed oreos and graham crackers in small bowls.
5. Pour ¾ of the vanilla frosting on another bowl. Reserve the remaining amount for decorating the face.
6. Combine the ¾ of vanilla frosting and ¼ cup of chocolate frosting and heat it in the microwave for at least 20 seconds.
7. Dip and coat the cakes into the frosting.
8. Sprinkle the coated cakes with crumbs and put them on a parchment paper.
9. Let the cakes cool in the freeze for 15 minute or so.
For the ears:
1. Soften the tootsie rolls and caramels in the microwave, one at a time.
2. Flatten the softened tootsie rolls and caramels with a rolling pin.
3. After doing so, cut out a tear drop form.
Final touch:
1. Remove the cakes from the freezer.
2. Add the caramel and tootsie roll ears.
3. Use the remaining vanilla frosting along with the mini chocolate chips for the eyes.
4. Place the M&Ms for the nose.
5. And then attach the conversation hearts to form the mouth.

Pink Valentine Sandwich Cookies

These pink sandwich cookies are too lovely to eat! It’s a perfect treat for your kids and for their friends!

Ingredients:
• 1 whole egg
• 1 cup butter
• 1 ½ cups of confectioner sugar
• 2 ½ cups all purpose flour
• 1 tsp baking soda
• 1 tsp cream of tartar
• 1 tsp vanilla extract
• ½ tsp almond extract
Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
2. In a large mixing bowl, combine the confectioner sugar and butter. And then, beat in the vanilla, egg and almond extract. Blend well.
3. On the other hand, in a separate bowl, mix together the all purpose flour, cream of tartar and baking soda. And the mixed dry ingredient to the butter mixture.
4. Split the fresh dough into thirds and form into balls.
5. On a floured platform, roll out dough into desired thickness. One dough at a time.
6. Make 2 3-inch heart cut outs.
7. Cut out the middle of one of the 3 inch hearts using a 1 ½ inch cutter.
8. Afterwards, on an ungreased cookie sheet, place the heart cut outs with a 1-2 inches gap from each other.
9. Put the sheet on the pan and bake in the oven until lightly browned.
10. After baking, let it cool completely on wire rack.
11. Frost the bottom cookie with pink frosting and put the open centered cookie on top of it to form a sandwich.
12. Moreover, frost the 11/2 inch hearts.
13. Serve separately.