Monday, April 4, 2011

KIDS IN THE CUPBOARD-- Edition 1 : Crumb Cakes

I have been thinking about adding a KID-FRIENDLY Series to my blog for quite some time now.  It's funny how it takes so much thought to put something into action sometimes! I think it's extremely important for children to learn the basics and fundamentals of cooking.  And of course, teaching them that cooking can be FUN will make it easier for them to enjoy it later on in life!  I can't believe how many adults that I talk to that tell me they have no clue where to begin.  They don't know how to cook! It reminds me of the show I watched on the Food Network .. I'm thinking that it was the "Worst Cooks in America".  I was breathless when the one lady said something to the effect that she hadn't cooked 30 meals for her family in 30 years! Wow! I seriously can't imagine it! I easily accomplish that within a months time... WOW! But because there are so many people out there that don't know the basics, maybe this will be helpful for them also!
I am mighty grateful that my mom taught me so much about cooking and baking, and she taught me how to LOVE IT!  To this day, I feel like a giddy little girl when I try a new recipe or know that I'm making something that my friends and family will enjoy!  For example, the three loaves of whole wheat bread in the oven from a brand new recipe that my Mom swears by... it makes me giddy! I can't wait to see how it turns out! 20 minutes left..... and counting down! :)


FROM CUPBOARD TO CUPBOARD is now happy to present......

KIDS IN THE CUPBOARD, a kid-friendly recipe series.

I hope you all take this opportunity to pull your little ones into the kitchen with you and share the love! Take some pictures and share them with your loved ones and don't forget to share them here! You can email them to me at teawclark {at} gmail {dot} com.  I will be sharing the fun photos on the blog! If you have a personal blog, blog about your experiences in the kitchen with your kids and email me the link to your post! It really makes me happy to see what you all are doing!  While you're at it... grab the button below and post it on your blog post! Send some more parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, etc, etc, etc, to the blog! I would love to see everyone here to join us! 

From Cupboard to Cupboard



For spring break, my kids stayed at my parents' house the majority of the time... I think it's simply because they didn't want to help unpack and put away stuff, but the joke was on them.... ha ha! All the boxes waited patiently for them!
Anyhow, my Mom bought this little cookbook quite awhile ago and it has been just driving Makenzie crazy! She's just never had the time to use it while she's been at Grandma Kathy's.  But this visit was a long one and she was able to try out several recipes.  And boy did she ever have a good time! I have heard about it every single day.  I asked Mom to please take pictures of the processes so that I could add them to my blog. Of course, she obeys well (tee hee) and she took some great step-by-step pictures of my little princess {aka Kitchen Diva} making her very first Crumb Cakes.  Thanks Mom! :)

Now... I need to explain.  This little cookbook I speak of requires silicone baking cups in every single recipe.  I love these little things! I have just never been so creative as to use them for things besides the obvious muffins and cupcakes:)  This really opened my eyes to the many many things that the children can do SAFELY with these silicone baking cups.  They are easy to clean, they are microwaveable, oven safe, virtually mess free.  Doesn't that sound ideal for kids to learn with? I thought so too! :) So I will be sharing many different recipes using these silicone baking cups. . . . if you don't have any, you could certainly use a WELL-GREASED muffin tin.  Or you could go buy a set at your local kitchen supply store... or......
you could enter KIDS IN THE CUPBOARD's giveaway for a set of 6 Silicone Baking Cups from LeCreuset.... brought to you by KITCHEN KNEADS of Logan. {Read on thru the post to learn how you can enter to win them!}

Crumb Cakes
Ingredients for 12 cakes

2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
2 eggs
3/4 cup milk
1 container (8 oz) vanilla yogurt

Crumb Topping:
1/2 cup light brown sugar, lightly packed
1/2 cup granulated sugar
6 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened

First: Combine the flour, salt and baking powder in a medium bowl and mix well. Set aside.
Then: Combine the butter and sugar in a medium bowl and beat until creamy...
Add the eggs, milk, and yogurt and mix until smooth.

Arrange the cups (12 if you have them, but this recipe shows 6 at a time) on a baking sheet.
 and spoon half of the batter into the 6 cups, filling them a bit over 2/3 full.  FYI: the recipe says to fill them to the top... however you'll see in a later picture how that worked out:)

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees! Combine the brown sugar, granulated sugar, flour, cinnamon, and butter in a medium bowl.  Mix with a fork until you have pea-size crumbs.
Using half of the topping, sprinkle an equal amount on each filled cup.
Bake the cakes for 20 minutes, or until a toothpick or butter knife inserted into the cakes comes out clean.{See why you don't want to fill them FULL?}
Let cool for 10 minutes, then turn the cakes out of the cups.  Refill the cups to make 6 more cakes the same way (or use a muffin tin like shown above)
Because Kenzie sure did :) I sure wish she would have saved me one! {insert alligator tear here}

Phew! I got thru that post! Sorry, that was a really long one!  Thanks for sticking with me :) Now to enter the contest... here are the rules:

1. Follow FROM CUPBOARD TO CUPBOARD. Leave a comment on this post stating you have become a follower! If you already follow FROM CUPBOARD TO CUPBOARD, leave a comment stating it!
2. Like FROM CUPBOARD TO CUPBOARD on Facebook... simply click the little Facebook "like" button in the right column.  Come back here and leave a comment on this post stating you are a LIKER! Like before, if you are already a LIKER, just leave a comment stating that you are.
3. Leave a seperate comment telling me what you are most excited to see in our KIDS IN THE CUPBOARD, kid-friendly series!

You have 3 chances to win this set of 6 silicone muffin baking cups! You will love them! Don't miss out on this awesome giveaway!
The winner will be announced next week!

Happy Cooking!


  1. I love this idea! I think that I would like to see some easy kid friendly dinner ideas so when my boys or Haylee go to college they don't starve. Plus I need easy as you know!

  2. I follow the blog, cause I love ya!

  3. I am a new follower and am excited to come back often to see whats cookin!!!!

  4. just found you on facebook and like ya already!!!

  5. I think I will like the kids recipes because I might just be able to make some of them!!!!

  6. I just became of follower today.

  7. Just became a follower, liker, was sent here by Centslessdeals, I would so love to see healthy kid snacks with fruit in them & that's not too hard to make & not too expensive. Just easy to follow receipes! I love your site, your blog. I don't know how to do my own blog but 1 day if I learn I will definately add you! keep up the amazing job!!

  8. I'm looking forward to seeing what other kids eat & make.

  9. I follow you on Facebook.

  10. i follow your blog polly

  11. Definitely a the blog

  12. I am a follower, I am a liker & I am always looking for different healthy ideas to do in the kitchen with my 4 year old granddaughter I have raised since birth...She is a Culinary Queen in the making!!! Thanks Tea for the chance to win the cups! HAPPY BAKING!!!!

  13. following on twitter , liked on FB, an I hope u have some easter goodies for the kids series!

  14. I follow you on Facebook under the username likwan.

  15. I am most excited to see easy and fun recipes that kids can make.

  16. I am sooo excited to see kids in the kitchen. My kids love to help out in the kitchen! It will be excellent when they are older and they won't starve to death when at college!

  17. I am most excited to see the kid-friendly recipes! I sometimes challenge myself too much with difficult recipes that kids might not be interested in at a young age. It will be good for me to pull my head out of the clouds with some good, simple recipes!

  18. I would like recipes with things kids think they hate. i.e. veggies, certain meats, spices. I think if my kids help make it, they will be more willing to eat "exotic" dishes.

  19. I liked you, I mean I still like you, but I went to your page and "liked you". sorry its late and I am delirious. :]

  20. Now Iam following you. I mean your blog. Hope I win!!

  21. I love to follow you Tea, you have some of the best recipes out there....I am going to try the whole wheat bread one, but I have to grind some wheat first. I just need time....what is that...

  22. I follow you here and on FB you the best and you rock girlfriend...

  23. I liked you on Facebook

  24. i'm excited to see anything and everything that they are making so i can see how to make them!!

  25. Blog stalker :) so excited for kid friendly recipes!!!

  26. Want to see snack recipes for mom and kids!! My kids and I will have so much fun with this!!!

  27. I hope I'm not too late!! I am a follower!

  28. Something the three year old can help with. She is becoming very 'helpful' these days.

  29. Abby would love these and so would I. We could have so much fun with this. She has to wear her apron when she bakes with me. Fun fun fun....I love you Tea, I follow you here and on FB

  30. Love your page and I think no I know you are the best.....


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