Kids Cupcakes: Fun Cooking for Kids

Kids Cupcakes - Fun Cooking for Kids

Making kids cupcakes is definitely one of those fun activities a mom or dad (or grandma as in this case) gets to do.  Decorating cupcakes with kids is even more fun!  

It is just plain old fun cooking for kids!  

If you are wise, you will cherish these kinds of fun children’s activities and make use of every moment of that precious time you spend with your child.  These moments are a time for sharing life together in a way that is important to your child and which your child understands.  They can also be a time for sharing, for healing, for teaching, for encouraging.  They are a time of bonding and a time of building.  

When your little boy or girl feels affirmed as important to you, you have taken them a little closer to understanding how important they are to their Heavenly Father as well!  

And so we should not be like cringing, fearful slaves, but we should behave like God’s very own children, adopted into the bosom of his family, and calling to him, “Father, Father.” 16 For his Holy Spirit speaks to us deep in our hearts and tells us that we really are God’s children.  – Romans 8:  15 – 16 (TLB) 

Plus the joy on a little face and heart is worth the time you put into having those specially-devoted moments.

Well, I kind of covered two grandchildren’s joys yesterday.

My youngest grandson Sam had his second birthday yesterday!  Yea!  

I was watching both Sam and his older brother Liam for a couple hours in the afternoon while their mommy went to a doctor’s appointment.  (Little boy #3 will be here around Christmas.)

While Sam was taking a quick afternoon nap, my 4-year-old grandson Liam (Sam’s big brother) and I baked up some kids birthday cupcakes for Sam.  

Here are the cupcakes Liam and I made together and then decorated for Sam’s birthday.

Kids Cupcakes - Fun Cooking for Kids

Liam and I did not spend a lot of time baking and decorating.  We did not buy fancy cake decorating supplies nor did we devote countless hours to perfection or detail.  

We just baked up a batch of cupcakes in cute cupcake muffin liners I found at The Dollar Tree, placed them on a colorful plate that I had found last week at a thrift shop, and topped them with some edible decorations (candy sprinkles and gummy candies).  

The two gummy candy pieces on the middle cake were Liam’s idea.  It worked!  

By the way, our cupcake recipe batch made up 24 of these cute cupcakes.  Shown above are the ones we pulled out last night as we all sang “Happy Birthday” to Sam.  There were only a few of us singing and enjoying our cupcakes last night – Sam, Sam’s mommy and daddy, grandma and grandpa, big brother Liam, and Sam and Liam’s baby brother to come (inside Sam’s mommy’s belly right now still).  Since we had so many cupcakes left over, I am wondering if Sam’s mommy may have enjoyed one of those 24 cupcakes this morning at breakfast!  Not saying so…. just wondering.  (smile)

Sam was thrilled to see his birthday cupcake.  It was just right for him.

You could also see the self confidence Liam had when he handed one of the cupcakes to Sam last night, one he had helped make and had decorated in expectation of celebrating his little brother’s birthday.  

Me?  I smiled, knowing I had had a few of the best moments possible with my grandson Liam that afternoon.  It is not always easy showing someone just how much love you have for them inside your heart, but when those special moments come, and you have a chance to show at least some of it, it’s a blessing beyond measure.  

You see…. God’s gifts do not always come in elaborate forms and in big events.

Sometimes they are captured through birthday cupcakes for kids, a little time spent together, and a heart that appreciates any moment shared with a loved one.  

The Best Pancake Recipe for Kids to Make

Best Pancake Recipe for Kids to Make

Best Pancake Recipe for Kids to Make

It’s always fun to cook with kids, but knowing what is “best” to do with them depends on a couple of things.

Do you want the most fun-kind of best, or do you want the healthiest-kind-of best when you are cooking with kids?

Let’s see if we can find the best pancake recipe for kids to make, no matter what you’re looking for as a parent and what is tops in your eyes.

Our two top pancake recipes provide two very different versions.  Feel free to use what works for your family, or just use both (at different times of course) depending on how you feel that day!  Children adjust.  Can you?  🙂

The Best Pancake Recipe for Kids to Make If You Want to Have Fun Cooking

The easiest way to have fun cooking pancakes with the kids would be to start with buttermilk pancakes from a mix.  Help the kids follow directions on the box, but then (and here’s the the fun really begins),  let the children make a few changes or additions of their own.

Caution:  Make sure your kids don’t stir the batter too much or your pancakes will be tough!  Tell them it is OK for their batter to be a little lumpy.

Also, usually special additions are added to the mix after you have mixed all the basic ingredients together.  That protects the little additions going into the batter.

Here are several variations your children might enjoy.

Additions are based on approximately 3 -4 cups of batter.

1.  Add 4 Tablespoons of peanut butter to each batch of batter; then cook as described on the back of your mix.  When done, let the kids spread jelly on each one of their pancakes and shake a little powdered sugar on top each one.   Let them top it all off with some chopped peanuts too on top if you like as well.

2.  Add 1/4 to 1/2 cups chocolate chips (mini chocolate chips work the best) and 1/4 cups white chocolate chips to each batch before cooking.   When done, let the little guys and girls spray some whipped cream on top, and give them the syrup bottle to enjoy.

3.  Add 1/2 cup of Halloween candy corn to your batter.  There is no need for any special toppings on this because the pancakes themselves are so pretty!  Just top with butter and syrup.

4.  Skittles and M&Ms work well too!

5.  Prepare traditional buttermilk pancakes, either homemade or from a mix, and have chopped strawberries and blueberries available for the kids to decorate their pancakes.  If desired, a little whipped cream makes it even more fun when adding fruit on top.

6.  If the kids would like their fruit in their pancakes, let them stir some fresh or frozen mixed berries or bananas into the batter right before putting them on the griddle.  Make sure they don’t stir the berries in too much.  Berries, especially blueberries will break open and leak out easily.  If you like purple pancakes, that works.  Otherwise, have them stir gently.

7.  Here’s an example of a recipe for pancakes using Oreo Cookies that would be fun for kids to make (and eat) –  Cookies and Cream Pancakes!  Many thanks to Julia at her Must Come Hungry blog.  These pancakes are yummy!

8.  How about having your kids make Santa Clause pancakes for Christmas?   Turkey pancakes for Thanksgiving?  Or Easter Bunny pancakes for Easter morning?  And these patriotic pancakes would be easy to make and be nice for a number of special days and holidays such as Memorial Day, Veteran’s Day, the 4th of July, or on Election Day!  

If you don’t want to use a pancake mix or Bisquick baking mix, you can also use a simple homemade pancake recipe with the above additions to make some great pancake recipes for kids!

Here’s an easy pancake recipe from scratch that would be easy for children to do with just a little help at times.

Quick and Easy Pancake Recipe From Scratch


  • 2 cups milk
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vegetable oil
  • 1 1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoon baking powder


  1. Mix milk, sugar, eggs, oil, and vanilla in a large bowl.
  2. Add flour and baking soda.
  3. Remind the kids to only stir until all the ingredients are combined.  Over-mixed pancakes don’t cook well!
  4. Drop onto prepared (heated and oiled or sprayed) griddle or pan, cooking first until you see a lot of bubbles, then turning over to cook a minute or two on the other side.

If you want to introduce some healthy recipes for kids to your family, pancakes are a great place to start!  From oatmeal to buckwheat, cinnamon to wheat germ and bananas to berries, there are many kids recipes available to keep your family healthy.

Here’s one of the best FROM one of the best.

The Best Pancake for Kids to Make if You Want a Healthy Pancake Recipe

Paula Deen’s Vegetable Pancakes


  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 cup grated carrots
  • 1 cup grated zucchini squash (grate well in advance and let set about 1 hour before squeezing excess liquid out prior to adding to batter)
  • 2 green onions, sliced
  • 2 tsp oil


  1. In a large mixing bowl, mix the flour, baking powder, salt and pepper.
  2. In a second bowl, beat together the egg, milk, carrots, zucchini, and green onions.
  3. Add the veggie mixture to the dry ingredients and stir just until combined.
  4. Heat 1 tsp of oil in a large pan and cook on each side until done, about 2 minutes on each side.  Add oil to the pan as needed.

These pancakes can be dipped in applesauce or yogurt, or the kids can spread honey or a little pure maple syrup on them if desired instead.

Cooking kids always love what they cook.  Pancakes are no different.

If you want some healthy pancakes for the kids, letting them make their own is a great way to entice them to eat the good things of life.

Eating good breakfasts with your family is great, but making pancakes with kids is even better!  By finding the best pancake recipe to make with them, you’ll be making memories as well as growing happy AND healthy children!

Check our other great pancake recipes at the site.  There are related recipes below and in the side bar, or feel free to use our Padoozles search bar for even more!

Have fun!