10 responses to “Zen and the Art of Baking with a Toddler: Cupcake Edition”

  1. Jenn@slim-shoppin

    I have two sons, they are 13 and 11now, but I have fond memories of Bob the Builder, both my boys loved trucks so much, the could name a paver, dump truck, excavator by the time they were three! What a cute story. And I've seen a few handy manny shows, so as soon as you said Flicker, I knew what you were talking about!

    Great job, I think they turned out great!

  2. debbie koenig

    Thanks, Jenn! Harry's just like your boys–he recognizes a front-end loader vs a backhoe vs an excavator, which means that now I do, too. Such fun. For his 2nd birthday, in fact, I created a doozy of a cake–a construction scene complete with teeny toy trucks and fake trees. Lord knows what he's going to ask for this year…

  3. Rayna

    I find it interesting that you wanted to raise your child in a gender-neutral manner, yet you tweeted rather snarkily about 'the PC Police' when someone responded to your 'attention parents of truck-loving boys' post. It's worth keeping in mind our construction of gender is often un(sub?)conscious. Our (seemingly) tiny, daily assumptions and generalisations contribute much to this.

    I'm not trying to be snarky – I applaud that you thought consciously about your child's relationship to gender, rather than simply taking it for granted.

  4. JB

    Harry loves trucks. He also regularly cooks and bakes with his mama. Teaching boys how to cook and bake is as feminist as it gets, in my book. I am regularly in awe of your ability to involve Harry in your cooking/baking projects. I am so lazy I often seek to avoid the extra mess of letting my toddler "help."

    WTEB is one of the best food blogs around. Can we get back to the far more awesome topic of cupcakes?

    Damn, those look good, Debbie. Your claims that the Flicker looks "terrible" does not deter my desire to scarf them.

  5. debbie koenig

    Rayna, thanks for your insight. I've been stewing over this since I first read your comment, and while I'm tempted to enter into a much larger discussion about gender and how we influence our children (as well as what constitutes "snark"), this is a food blog and I think that's where the focus belongs.

    As JB so wisely suggested, let's get back to the cupcakes!

  6. Lindellica

    Those look fabulous to me. Extremely impressive!!

  7. Kristin

    Debbie,
    I have a ton of zucchini and wonder if you think adding zucchini to the amazon cake recipe would work. Would you swap out something? I'm just looking for a way to sneak in a few veggies.

  8. debbie koenig

    Hmm, that's a tricky one.

    I think it might throw off the texture–Amazon Cake is definitely a cakey-cake, while cakes with zucchini in them tend to be more spice-cake-like, heavier if that makes sense. OTOH, if you try it I'd LOVE to hear how it turns out!

    It's not vegan, but I did find this recipe for an actual Chocolate Zucchini Cake on Simply Recipes: http://www.elise.com/recipes/archives/000621chocolate_zucchini_cake.php That's a great site and I totally trust Elise's recipes.

  9. Devora Leah Lein

    Debbie- this is hysterical! I love this. You did a great job with those flashlight guys.

  10. Toddler Nutrition

    Cool stuff! I quite liked it.

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