Baking with Ollie

Thanks to Miles Media, Ollie and I had the opportunity to participate in a baking workshop organised by them! The theme of the workshop is Lightning McQueen and we were going to be making cheesecake.

Otw to our baking workshop!

Otw to our baking workshop!

 

The workshop catered to kids aged 3 years and above. Initially, I was a little worried about how Ollie would take to the workshop. He is not one to be able to sit down for 1.5 hours! I mean, we make granola at home together, and even then, he will probably help for 20 mins and then be itching to run off or dig into the unbaked granola. -_-”

my cheeky monster

my cheeky monster

But hey, my worries were unfounded! The organisers have engaged a really professional baker who has experience handling kids, and right at the beginning of the workshop, she reminded us that it is all about the kids! As much as we would want a “perfect” looking cupcake, this workshop is for the kids to be independent and bake and decorate their cupcake, and for parents to bond and guide them.

Oh how true was that! More often than not, in order to minimise the mess, I end up micro-managing Ollie and take the fun out of the baking process. Gaah. let it goooo let it goooo. 

rows of ingredients prepared for over 20 kids!

rows of ingredients prepared for over 20 kids!

It helped that the utensils and ingredients handed to the kids were sufficient for one serving and small enough for the kids’ hands. Eggs were beaten in advance and poured into squeeze bottles so there was no cracking of eggs required. Sugar came in ziploc pouches, ingredients for decorating were placed on a plate. All very manageable!

The baker also chose a recipe that could be baked in the required time, and even had time for it to be cooled slightly so that the kids could hold the cupcakes and decorate.

the baking process of smashing, whipping, icing and more icing!

the baking process of smashing, whipping, icing and more icing!

It was hard to let go, but I really had to let him do it in his own way. I helped him ice the small pieces and had to stop him from eating the mini m&ms!! Yar, I think that’s what the parents were there for! hahaha

finally, a decent photo!

finally, a decent photo!

Ollie was really proud of his handiwork at the end of it and was ready to dig into it. I was telling him “nonono, let’s go show daddy and then you can have it for dessert after dinner!” He obliged and patiently waited to showed Daddy Ting. Oh, and the baker brought containers so everyone could bring their cupcakes home! What a great idea!

Alas…..the happy ending was not to be. In a hurry to open up the the container, Ollie forgot that the cupcake was sitting on the lid and it ended up face down on the floor. Aieeee. That look on his face when he realised he couldn’t have it afterall. What.A.Shame.

Oh wells..guess we’ll have to try it out again during the holidays! Miles Media will be organising another two baking workshops in time for Christmas so do look out for it!

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