Around our house there is always a waiting list to lick beaters and mix dough. Everyone is at a different level when it comes to cooking. But no matter the age it is always fun to make and serve something to the family. Especially if it is good. We love vintage kids cookbooks. This one has been around since the toddling days of kid #1. She made this cake for the first time when she was eight and it has been a favorite since. It's a step above a regular cake but gives whoever made it an ego boost having to melt chocolate for the top.
Days like today (no school-iced in) are perfect for kids in the kitchen. I treat this as something special, I'm too impatient with the cleaning up part to make it an everyday occasion. No matter how specific I am about wiping counters down and sweeping oats off the floor there will always be a greasy hand print on the glass cupboard, or a beautiful straight line of milk drips along the stove top. I have come to accept this but it has taken about 16 years.
Vintage cookbooks obviously aren't readily available but it is the thrill of thrifting and endless looking that makes it fun. If you aren't up for the thrill check out this book in an ebay store.