I have three daughters. My oldest daughter is a writer, and that’s okay. It might not be okay if I didn’t have my second daughter. She loves being in the kitchen just like me. I’m so happy that I have someone I can share this love with. (My oldest daughter and I share a love of books – we love to discuss books that we’ve both read.) Elisabeth who is ten right now really enjoys baking cakes and decorating them. And how can I be sad about this delicious skill she is developing when she lets me lick the icing bowl?
I think she was first inspired in this from afternoons spent watching “Cake Boss” together. While I don’t think either of us will ever attain the level of “Cake Boss”, I’m pretty proud of how far Elisabeth has come in the last year. We’ve tried to encourage her by buying her some cake decorating tools to increase her abilities.
Here’s a picture of the cupcakes she just made for her brother’s seventh birthday. From start to finish she did it all herself. Micah ordered chocolate cake with a peanut butter/chocolate icing.
Here’s a picture of one of the first cakes she ever made…a butterfly for a good friend at church. I helped her a little bit, but this is mostly her work. Let me tell you. I find it so hard to let my children do things like this. My OCD self wants to get in there and “fix” things. I have to constantly remind myself to step back and let them learn.
Here’s what she did for her sister this year. The outside was purposefully plain because the inside was a surprise – it was filled with candy.
I helped her some with this cake for her brother. I think eighteen months later she could do this all on her own now.
It takes time, and I’m afraid to say a good deal of tongue biting, to teach your children a new skill. The end result is so worth the effort though. Now when it’s birthday time Elisabeth and I discuss what we think the birthday person would like for a cake, and then SHE does it. How easy is that for me? I’m having fun watching her develop this skill. She has her own Pinterest account, and I’ve noticed that her “Food” board is full of pins about cakes and cupcakes. Start them young!
What skills do your children have that are fun AND helpful?