Is it teething time for your little one?

With Easter just around the corner, many of us will be baking up a storm in the kitchen in anticipation of the family coming over on Sunday.

 

And if you have a toddler in the house to keep amused, you will no doubt envision the pair of you making pretty, little cupcake nests in your Pinterest-worthy kitchen. But reality and expectation are never one of the same!

 

The measuring:

Expectation

You and your toddler take it in turns to pour the flour onto the weighing scales before getting a little on the tip of your nose and the pair of you having a little chuckle!

 

Reality

Your toddler grabs the flour, rips it open and proceeds to pour it onto the weighing scales, getting it everywhere apart from where they are meant to...

 

 

The mixing:

Expectation

You’ll do the hard labour like softening up the butter, and then let your little one have a go until the batter is a beautiful golden mix.

 

Reality

Your little one sticks their hand right in the bowl, grabbing a piece of butter and putting it into their mouth while your back is turned!

 

 

The spooning:

Expectation

You’re little one would use the small teaspoon while you stuck with the larger one and you’d each fill the cake cases with just the right amount of batter to make the perfect sized cake.

 

Reality

Your little one wants to do it themselves so you watch on in horror as they spoon different amounts into each case, knowing that your cupcakes will be all kinds of shapes and sizes!

 

 

Waiting for them to bake:

Expectation

Popping the cakes into the oven, you and your little one would happily tidy up singing songs while you do it.

 

Reality

Your little one walks off as soon as they go into the oven and only comes back in, five minutes later, to see if they’re ready. They’ll proceed to do this until the buns come out!

 

 

The decorating:

Expectation

You let your little one be as creative as they like while you watch on in pride at their skill.

 

Reality

You become a little bit controlling when you realise that they have put so much icing on one bun that there is not going to be enough for the rest.

 

 

While it might not be what you expected, baking with your toddler is definitely a memory maker!

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