Cupcakes for Kids

Make some cupcakes for kids and you’ll have some happy campers!  To start with, they can help you in the baking episode, giving them an activity to do.  Then they’ll get to help with the frosting and decorating.  Cupcakes are a fun and easy craft to do with your kids and something that they can afterwards enjoy!

Getting Started

Yes, I might cheat a little when I make cupcakes for kids so, I will admit that I use box cake mixes when baking cupcakes.  By using a box mix, I can also tell the kids to first read the directions on the back of the box and set out the different ingredients that we are going to use.  You will also need a mixer so, have them set that out for you as well.  (Having the kids do the set up gives you a little more time to get some more items checked off your to-do list. :)

Oh, and have the kids prepare the muffin tins.  It’s a super simple task for children to line the muffin tins with paper cupcake cups.  And if you want some really cute and fancy cupcake liners, stop in at Jo-Ann’s.  They have a whole wall of different paper liners for whatever your occasion may be. 

Mixing the Batter

Now, dump the cake mix and all other ingredients into your mixing bowl and follow the directions for the length of time to mix.

You don’t have to make boring cupcakes – put some pizzazz in your cupcakes by adding to the batter:

  • Nuts - Walnuts/Pecans
  • Cranberries
  • Chocolate Chips
  • White Chocolate Chips
  • Butterscotch Chips
  • Chopped up bits of Andy Mints
  • M&M's
  • Red Hots
  • Chopped up bits of Snickers bar/Milky Way/Your favorite candy bar

If you’re going to add any of the above into your cupcakes for kids just add it to the batter at the very end and pulse the mixer slightly for a couple of seconds to just lightly blend everything together.

Now, have your kids help you fill up those muffin cups – but, only fill them ½ full or you’ll have a big mess everywhere and an unpleasant burning smell from overflowed batter on the bottom of the oven. 

Another totally awesome thing about making cupcakes is that they only take about 18 minutes to bake and then they’re done!  Also, their cooling time is about 30 minutes so, within 1 hour after starting your cupcake creations, you can be eating them as well!

Frosting and Filling your Cupcakes for Kids

Once your cupcakes are cooled off you’re ready to start frosting them. 

However, you could consider filling them with some scrumptious sort of filling before you frost them.  It’s not hard to fill your cupcakes – and if you want, your kids can fill them for you.  If you have a basic piping set you can take the large end of one of the tips, poke it into the cupcake, lift out and you will have a small piece of the cupcake.  Then, take a small spoon and put some yummy filling into the cupcake. 

And, if you need some filling ideas –

  • Lemon Pie Filling
  • Raspberry Jam Filling
  • Grape Jelly Filling
  • Strawberry Jelly Filling
  • Chocolate Pudding
  • Vanilla Pudding
  • Coconut Cream Pudding
  • (Pretty much any instant pudding flavor will work...)

You don’t have to make any of these fillings you can buy prepackaged jelly and pie filling and pudding…  If you want to be a little thrifty though, you can make the pudding yourself by buying a box of instant pudding and just adding milk. 

After filling those cupcakes for kids, it’s time to pull out the frosting. 

You can make your own frosting (I always do because I think that it tastes soooooo much better than the stuff in the jars.  But, you will also find me using the premade stuff when I’m cramped for time…)  For a quick recipe, click on the link.  It is just a basic vanilla frosting (or chocolate) and if you want to make it colorful by all means add some food dye to it and let the fun begin. 

Pull out some knifes and give each child one.  Then, let them spread the frosting to the edges.  If you want to get fancy though, pull out your piping tools and do some fancy tops on the cupcakes.  Finish up by adding some flare to the tops with some sprinkles or cupcake toppers. 



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