One of the most requested pieces of content from my Instagram followers has been to share more of my family’s recipes. So, in honor of that, I’m sharing one of my kids’ favorite recipes! This recipe is one that I love because I get to bake with my kids (which is not easy for me to do most of the time) and it’s super simple!
But before I share the recipe with you, allow me to tell you why you should make baking and cooking something you regularly do with your kids:
- It helps them try new things. My kids eat stuff that most kids won’t even touch simply because they’ve helped me in the kitchen. My kids love to take our super dull knives (seriously, you would have better luck throwing the knife at someone than actually being able to stab them with it) and chop up veggies for dinner. Sure the veggies are never chopped prettily but it doesn’t matter because my kids will eat them because they helped prep dinner.
- They learn about measuring. Want to help your kids increase their math skills? Cook with them! Have them measure out 1 cup or ask them, well if this is 1/2 cup and we need 1 full cup – what do you think we need to do to make 1 cup? They learn by doing and it’s a beautiful thing!
- It’s fun. Sure it may not be as fun for mom as it is for the kids because messes will happen, but the memories your kids will have will far outweigh the tempory inconvenience of the messes.
Okay, so now on to why I LOVE this recipe! I love this recipe because the majority of everything you’re going to be measuring is measured using yogurt cups! Seriously! This is the most toddler-friendly recipe there is! All three of my children have loved making this recipe with me! Also, I love it that it’s not a “real” cake – it’s more like sweet bread and can be turned into a special breakfast or after-school snack.
Gâteau au yaourt
There’s a reason this cake is one of the first things that French kids learn to make – it’s super easy! Which, by the way, if you haven’t read the book, Bringing up Bebe, you need to! It’s fantastic!
- 2 six ounce containers of plain or vanilla whole-milk yogurt (we prefer the vanilla over the plain)
- 2 eggs
- 2 containers of sugar (you may use just one if you prefer a less sweet cake)
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- Just under 1 container of vegetable oil
- 4 containers of all-purpose flour
- 1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- Fresh or frozen berries
- Chocolate chips
- Whipped topping
- Powdered sugar
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
- Spray cooking spray to grease a 9-inch round cake or loaf pan then toss with a little flour to prevent cake from sticking to edges (or you can just use parchment paper)
- Gently combine yogurt, eggs, sugar, vanilla, and oil with either a hand or stand mixer. In a separate bowl, mix together flour and baking powder. Slowly add in the dry ingredients to the wet and mix gently until combined. Add in berries or chocolate chips if using and mix.
- Bake at 375 for 35-40 minutes or until a knife comes out clean. The outside of the cake will be crispy but will springy on the inside. Allow cake to cool and serve plain with coffee, or with whipped topping or powdered sugar.
- *Containers used in this recipe for measurements are the empty yogurt containers.
- **Don't forget to include your kids in the fun and allow them to bake this special cake with you! 🙂
My boys were so happy to get this treat when they got off the (very hot) bus from school!
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