Glorious days at the beach, staying up as late as the sun, barbecues, ice cream trucks, running barefoot all day, everyday…summer has countless activities every kid loves. But along with those amazing experiences, also comes this one terrible, terrible phrase so many parents here, “I’m bored.”
Two words said over and over again. I’m not really a must-entertain-my-child-every-second-of-everyday kinda mom. I would lose my mind. However, on occasion I’ll throw together a few ideas for Gwyneth and I to do together, and almost always we both have a grand time;) So begins my little blog series for the next couple months – Summer Projects for Kids: Bake A Cake.
We found this fabulous recipe from Sally’s Baking Addiction (first time on her site, it’s cute!) that’s perfect for summer. Lemons + blueberries + cream cheese frosting and I was sold.
Sally’s cake is exquisite; it looks absolutely beautiful. But I made mine with my six year old daughter and, I gotta say, I think it looks just fab!
~ well done Gwyneth! ~
A layer cake is a great project for the kids, because stacking and icing a multi-layered cake is super fun!
We started off by gathering and measuring our ingredients.
Zesting and juicing several lemons.
Giving the blueberries a good swirl through some flour, keeps them from sinking to the bottom of the cake.
Folding the blueberries into the batter.
Filling three cake pans. You can use one or two, but know that the cooking time will be longer.
And finally layering. Gwyneth iced the whole cake by herself! I helped with the sides a bit and cleaning up around the cake plate, but she was so excited to do it herself that how could I say no?
In Sally’s recipe, the heavy cream added to the icing can be lessened for a thicker icing, but we opted for the gooey version and added the full 2 tablespoons. What kid doesn’t love melt-in-your-mouth gooey icing?
What are you doing with the kids this summer? Any projects you recommend?