In our little tribe, as you all might know by now, well, perhaps big tribe is a better descriptive of our family makeup! Anyway, I digress, ramble, go on a tangent, you can be the one who decides the best word(s) to describe me! And, by the way, I’m Lala, the matriarch of our tribal unit (best word yet!) Ok, now for sure I’m going to get on track with my story.
Hungry’s mum is our main cook, she cooks all the time, and since we’ve started the blog, has decided that she really enjoys experimenting with food and recipes. Hungry watches this, sometimes participates, and always gets to enjoy the fruits of her mum’s labors! Well, one afternoon, Perfection (who suffers from nearly daily migraines) was suffering from a doozy and was lying about in the lounge room leaving the children to play quietly amongst themselves. Hungry, particularly, has the attention span like Dory’s memory (once around the tank and it’s all new again) except that for her it’s more like once around the tank and she must have done it THOUSANDS of times at the very least and she needs something new to do. So… since she’s been watching her mum experiment so she asks, “Mom, can I do an experiment?” Perfection replies, “What kind of experiment?” Hungry answers with, “Food.” Not wanting to curtail budding culinary experiments and the possibility of an expertise that will allow her to share the creative digestive treats, and still trying to recover from her headache, reluctantly agrees.
With enthusiasm that only an 8-year-old, newly christened beginner chef can generate, she gallops off to the kitchen to find her ingredients! I decided to interview her as to her ingredients and techniques used during her ‘experiment’.
(Me – Hungry, tell me about your experiment) I used pancake mix
(Me- how much pancake mix?) a cup and then a half cup, and then I think 2 cups of water. And then I mixed it together, sprayed it with cooking spray
(Me: sprayed what?) I sprayed the pan
(Me- what kind of pan?) umm, I sprayed 4 mini pie pans.
(Me -Did you add anything else to the mix?) Umm, a little bit of butter – about what we spread on a pancake
(Me – that equals approximately 1 teaspoon), and sugar, like 1 tablespoon worth.
(Me – then what did you do?) I preheated the oven to 350F then I poured the batter into the pans. Then I waited until it was preheated, about 5 – 10 minutes. Then I put them into the oven and cooked them for 20 minutes. As I was waiting I, ummm, oh my gosh (she’s watching me type her words) oh my gosh, seriously? Stop!
(Me <With a big grin> – Ok, let’s get back on track, then what did you do?) Then I made the frosting. I used 2 cups powdered sugar and a little bit of water, I think it was maybe ½ cup. Then I mixed it until all the powdered sugar looked like frosting, Mom called it ‘gravy frosting’, and Lala said it was more of a glaze. Oh, and I made it colorful by adding green food coloring. After it was baked, I spread the frosting on the cake and then I put green and red Christmas sprinkles on top. And then we ate it!
|Prep Time||5 minutes|
|Cook Time||20 minutes|
- 1.5 cups Krusteaz Pancake Mix
- 2 cups Water
- 1 tablespoon Granulated Sugar
- 1 teaspoon Butter or Margarine
Mini Experiment Cake
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit
- Spray 4 mini-cake pans with a non-stick coating
- Mix mini experiment ingredients together until mixed well
- Pour batter into greased mini pie tins, then place in oven for approximately 20 minutes
- While baking, mix frosting ingredients and add as much food coloring as required for the shade of your choice
- Once mini experiments are out of the oven, spread the frosting, then sprinkle on the sprinkles.