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Little Foodies: Chocolate Heart Mini Cakes

We couldn’t let Valentine’s pass without a recipe for the kids to make. This one uses a prepared cake from the store, and all you have to do is melt chocolate and pour it over the cut out shapes. We do recommend a baking cooling rack for this, so you can set your shapes on it and using a baking sheet under it to catch the melted chocolate. If you don’t have one, your toaster oven rack could work, you just won’t have as much space to work. Get a dense plain cake, such as a pound cake, and use baking quality semi-sweet chocolate and whipping cream (35% fat content) to form the ganache. Get assorted sprinkles and let the kids get inspired!

When pouring the chocolate over the cut out cake, use an offset spatula of a table knife to help smooth it out on top and let the chocolate pour over the sides to get it all covered. If there are uncovered bits, use your spatula or knife to cover it up. When you’re finished, give the rack a couple of stomps on the counter to help the excess chocolate drop off. This will help you get an even finish. To help the chocolate set, put the mini cakes in the refrigerator.

Note:  You’ll notice white chocolate in your photograph.  We tried melting it to pour it over some of the cakes.  Epic fail.  It didn’t melt well, and it wasn’t pourable at all.
We bought our cake at: De Imeri

Helga

Little Foodies: Mini Heart Chocolate Cakes

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Little Foodies: Double Chocolate Marble Cake

Our first post for Little Foodies this year is this Double Chocolate Marbled loaf cake, the “vanilla” part is actually white chocolate batter. It’s easy enough for a child to make this, accompanied by an adult to help them separate the batter into the two bowls, and to melt the chocolate.

To get the marbled effect, you need to scoop small amounts of batter into the prepared loaf pan, we used a pattern using both batters, and then using a table knife we made a zigzag or a swirling motion. As the recipe says, counting 6 movements should be enough. This is a great recipe to make with your kids; they will love the two-tone color of the loaf, and will love showing it off to their family or friends even more.

We made this on a Sunday morning to bring to our afternoon coffee gathering at Kristen’s grandparent’s house. It was a huge success.

Helga

Little Foodies: Double Chocolate Marble Cake

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Little Foodies: Popcorn Ball Monsters

These Popcorn Ball Monsters are a very tasty and easy treat, and to make it suitable for Halloween, we’ve added little candy eyes to turn simple popcorn balls into cute monsters.  We used orange and purple sprinkles to give it a little bit of extra color, but you can add any type of sprinkles, mini candy or mini chocolates. We thought about adding mini chocolate chips to it, but since we weren’t sure how that would turn out when we incorporate them into the hot mixture. We decided to stick with the sprinkles to be safe.

Since this recipe requires some stove time, please be present at all times. Depending on the child’s age, it is your decision to let them mix on the stove, or just participate in forming the popcorn balls and adding the eyes. To glue the eyes, we melted a small amount of chocolate and used it to place the candy eyes on the shaped popcorn balls.

Helga & Kitty

Kids Recipe: Popcorn Ball Monsters

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