Cake Baking introduction
It is Saturday
afternoon. But it could be any day. This doesn’t really matter to the rest of
It doesn’t even affect the story in any way.
But it is Saturday afternoon and I am at home with the 4 year old. I am busy with some work that needs to be done and he isn’t really doing anything.
Those two do not go well together.
To give me
some focus time, and ok, him some fun time, I take out some of his new clay.
We never give him everything at once. If you don’t know why, you will definitely find out quick enough once you have done it. At least If you are not colorblind.
Now I can
finally get some work done that I don’t really want to do.
And he is enjoying his clay.
A couple of
minutes later he come to me and says:
“Dad, these waffles are for you.”
He has built me a huge stack of clay waffles.
The waffles have all different kind of colors. Yes, they are mixed together (#message).
have eaten all of the waffles he takes them back and start playing again.
A few plates of waffles later my work is done.
Now I have no excuse but to entertain this little one.
As I don’t feel like playing with the clay today and because I just bought a box of cake baking ingredients (that I wanted to keep for my wife) I decided that we could bake a cake together.
Off course he agrees with me in a heartbeat.
Wait a minute
before we start baking this cake. First clean up that mess you made with the
clay.”, smart me says to him.
It is always easier to reward a kid for the things that he needs to do.
And indeed, the clean up job was done faster than (put some twisted mind comment here)
Cake Baking Preparations
the paper box.
To be honest, most ingredients where already mixed in this box. (Flour and I don’t even know what more)
‘Hey now, this is a dad blog, what did you expect’
But here is the preparations list for cake baking with dad:
- Wash hands
- Get the box
- Put on the oven to pre-heat
- Get the mixer
- Get some eggs out of the refrigerator
- Check the box
- Get some butter out of the refrigerator
- Put the butter on the sides of the
- First get the baking mold
- First wash your hands again
- Wash your buttery hands again
- Enjoy the journey
We are all set for this cake baking journey. I guess we have everything. So here goes nothing.
Because I am not a complete idiot, I decide to put the flour in the bowl myself. (I got that bowl at number 11 of the list)
I know how to clean up eggs, so I let him break the eggs and put it in the bowl.
Tip: make sure that he has done this with his mother before.
ingredients are in the bowl it is time to use the powertools. Yeahhh
Time to get this big ass mixer to work.
Because it is such heavy machinery we decide that it is better for us, and the kitchen, to hold it together.
needs 5 minutes of mixing. Wowzers.
After those five minutes of hard work we put in some oil.
On the box
it said ‘Sunflower oil’. Too bad for this cake that there is no sunflower oil
available in this household at this moment.
But I guess, oil is oil. So I just put in some olive oil in there.
And now we mix for another two more minutes.
Cake Baking time
now. I put the cake mix in the baking mold and put it all in the preheated
Now it is all out of our hands. And the waiting game starts.
Let me tell you. Waiting is not the strong side of the four year old. So he counts down with every minute on the oven asking me every minute why it is taking sooooooo long.
‘This really takes looooooong dad.’
lovely child, this does take an absurt amount of time.’, is exactly what I don’t
It goes more like: ‘Yes’.
A cake well done
*ping* goes the oven.
“Yeah, cake”, goes the four year old.
And I go: “No, it has to cool down first.”
“This really takes loooooooooooooooooooooooooong dad.”
And it does, because I also want to try it.
After we both grow a beard, the cake has cooled off enough for us to try.
And guess what
That olive oil must have been a secret ingredient. Because this cake is fluffy and tasteful as any cake can get.
Even my wife liked it.
who only took one bite?
Indeed, the four year old.
This cake is named ‘Eksi Koekoe’which is an Egg Cake out of Surinam.