Today I managed to combine all four of these things. The girl and I made cupcakes (and a little cake with the leftovers). We all ate some. Well, except the boy who was lying sick on the husband's chest. Since it is Valentine's Day I have generously decided to overlook the fact that I decreed no more sickness in our house and move on. Ahem.
In case you would like to make some Valentine cupcakes too, here is my recipe.
1. Buy a box of cake mix and be thankful that this will eliminate at least three steps from the recipe and about half a cup of flour from the counter.
2. Open the cake mix and watch your child pour it into the large mixing bowl. Watch her stir it for two minutes.
3. Crack three eggs in a small dish and try to frantically whisk them before your child takes the bowl away from you to dump the eggs into the flour mixture.
4. Clean egg off the counter.
5. Measure and hand over 3/4 cup of milk to your child. Stand back while she pours it into a bowl.
6. Repeat #5 with 1/2 cup of vegetable oil.
7. Let your child stir everything together.
8. Distract her by encouraging her to wash her hands. Stir everything together.
9. Give your child an ice cream scoop and ask her to split the batter between three bowls. Look away.
10. Hand over red, blue and green food colouring to your child. Go to the other side of the room so as not to see exactly how many drops of each she puts in each bowl.
11. Let her stir each of the bowls of batter to mix in the food colouring.
12. Stir each of the bowls of batter to mix in the food colouring.
13. Have your child pour the three batters into a cupcake pan using an ice cream scoop.
14. Pour the rest of the leftover batter into a round cake tin (apparently the recipe should make 24 cupcakes but that really does seem impossible).
15. Cook for 20 minutes. Not 30 minutes like you misread on the box.
16. Let cool for as long as you can before finally giving in to a small whiny voice and digging a still hot cupcake out of the pan.
17. Try not to laugh when your child walks back into the living room from a furtive visit to the kitchen and drops to all fours on the floor in what can only be described as some kind of move learnt in paramilitary training and hides behind a bookcase when asked what were you doing in the kitchen?
18. Laugh anyway.
Happy Valentine's Day.