I try to think of things to entertain my little pre-schooler while the baby sleeps. She has been complaining to Daddy that she misses Mummy. So one Thursday I decided we were going to do colour mixing. This idea was taken from an episode of Play School.
I made the three primary colours – red, blue and yellow in three bowls and brought out a short glass for us to mix the colours in.
Little M chose the colours to mix while I used a straw to put drops of colours in the short glass. Once we made the colour, I got her to dip a paper towel in it to colour. The easiest to mix was green and the hardest was purple but she enjoyed it.
Brisbane Kids posted a picture of a polka dot cake in their usual Facebook post one day and that sent me hunting for the recipe. I found the original post at Once Upon a Pedestal. Deborah has a lot of hidden surprise cakes. I like the butterfly one but not willing to put in the effort with a 4 month baby and a pre-schooler around.
I did, however, want to try the polka dot cake so I bought the cake pop tin. I had been eyeing it for a while anyways. St Patrick’s Day was around the corner, so even though we are not Irish, not even close to it, I decided to make green polka dot cake.
One of my mistakes was that I should have made more batter. I used my usual butter cake mix from taste.com.au. I took some of the mixture and added green gel to it, put the green batter in the cake pop tin and baked it. I thought 15 minutes (quarter of the full cake baking time) on the timer will half bake the pops but they were fully baked and a bit brown. Deborah suggests greasing the tin and realized it’s a good tip after I baked a set of pops for another project a few weeks later. The grease makes them come out easily.
I did not have enough cake batter left to make a round cake, nor did I have smaller cake pans like Deborah’s so I used a tube cake pan instead. I ended up with just one round of pops in.
Once the cake cooled down, I decorated it with Betty Crocker’s white frosting and we were ready for our St Patrick’s polka dot cake. Little M was excited to see the dot in the cake.
A couple of days later, I captured this evil fly in my kitchen. He was tasty.