Toddlers Decorating Cupcakes: Was it worth it?

Toddlers Decorating Cupcakes

If you’re reading this it’s safe to assume you are considering allowing your kids to step into the kitchen and absolutely destroy it. Well, maybe not so much destroy it. But allowing them to decorate cupcakes is SO MUCH fun for the kids and even for you. The question simply lies in is toddlers decorating cupcakes, worth the clean up? I was EXTREMELY hesitant to let my kids do this for that very reason. I expected the mess that would follow to be epic. My son won me over however, because he has been going on and on about  cupcakes for 2 weeks. I kid you now he was driving me crazy! He even started drawing cupcakes. It was borderline obsessive. Anyway that brought us to todays little project of decorating cupcakes.

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Let’s get to it. I prepped all the ingredients in the  large bowls (to avoid the spill). Then I just had the kids mix it. I had one bowl of dry ingredients and then one of the wet ingredients.i had the kids alternate mixing each one.


  • Liquid

    • 1/2 cup of butter (1 stick)
    • 1 egg
    • 2 egg yolks
    • 1 tsp(ish) of vanilla extract
    • 1/2 cup of whipping cream
  • Dry

    • 1 1/2 cups of flour
    • 1 1/2 tsp of baking powder1/4 tsp of salt
    • 3/4 cup of sugar
  • Icing

    • food coloring
    • 1 tub cream cheese icing (just cause I love it)
  • Other materials

    • paper to cover the table
    • muffin baking pan
    • cupcake paper cups
    • piping bags

Once the kids had mixed dry and liquid ingredients, I had the kids combine the 2, and mix the batter. Of course, I mixed it after just to make sure, since they were not too effective. Then I put the cupcakes to bake for 20 minutes at 350 degrees.

While the cupcakes were baking, I had the kids mix food coloring into the icing so they could decorate their cupcakes. After the cupcakes were done I stuck them in the fridge to cool. Once I piped all of the icing. I gave each of them a cupcake and a piping bag.

They made a mess, but I had lined the table with paper so it was easy clean up. Once the kids squeezed out their icing to their contentment we had at it with sprinkles. Boy was that a mistake. NEVER AGAIN! next time I will try m&m’s or something because my daughter poured the sprinkles right on the floor. Any way other than that we got by without incident. Literally the only real mess I had to deal with was the sprinkles.

The kids LOVED it and it took about 2 hrs total between prep baking, cooling the cupcake etc. The only cleaning I really had to do was sweep up a little pile of sprinkle that my daughter poured out and cleaning the bowls and bakeware. From our experience I will say IT WAS SOOOOO WORHT IT! The kids were so happy and and so eager to help because they were having such a blast, that they even helped with the dishes.


QUICK TIPS to keep the mess at bay

  • I would definitely recommend lining your table or counter with paper BEFORE handing any child a piping bag.
  • Als a must, nest house clothes. You know that old t shirt that barely fits that your dying to toss out, or that dinosaur shirt you kids wears EVERYDAY. Yeah use those. 😉
  • Use candies like m&m’s or marshmallows NOT SPRINKLES.

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