Easy as Pie Chocolate Pie

Do your kids love helping out in the kitchen? Or would you like to encourage them to help make food more often? Here’s a super easy but very tasty recipe for a chocolate pie that kids can make! And it looks very nice when you are done. It only takes a few ingredients to make. You’ll start with a graham cracker crust…either one you make yourself or one you purchased.

Then you’ll need some milk, 2 small boxes of instant chocolate pudding, a container of Cool Whip and a few tiny chocolate chips. (You could use the regular size chocolate chips too.)

Start by pouring 4 Cups of cold milk into a large bowl.

Add the 2 small boxes of chocolate pudding mix into the bowl.

Stir with a whisk for 2 minutes.

Immediately pour the chocolate pudding into the graham cracker crust.

Place the pie in the refrigerator for 10-15 minutes until it is soft-set. Then take the pie out and add some Cool Whip to completely cover the top of the pie.

Sprinkle some chocolate chips on top and your beautiful pie is finished!

Store the pie in the refrigerator until it’s time to serve it. This is a great recipe for the kids to make and they will feel so proud when you serve it to guests or family and they can say, “I made this pie!” 🙂 It tastes great too! (I should know…I just ate a piece!)

Wacky Cake for Wacky Wednesday

Today I have another fun and easy cake recipe that’s great for kids to make. Yes, believe it or not, the name of this cake is actually Wacky Cake! It’s been a favorite in my family as far back as when I was a child. I know…all those eons ago… 😉 My older sister, Susie, is the one I remember making it most often. I think they call it Wacky Cake because you mix it up and bake it all in the same pan.

Oooo! Doesn’t that chocolate cake look amazing?! Let’s get on with making it so you can soon be EATING it! Here’s what you’ll need: 1 C. white sugar, 1 1/2 C. flour, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/4 C. cocoa, 1 teaspoon soda, 1 Tablespoon of vinegar, 1 teaspoon of vanilla, 1/3 C. oil and 1 C. cold water.

If you have a flour sifter, it will make the next part extra fun. I’ve never met a kid that didn’t like using a sifter. 😉 If you don’t have a sifter, it’s fine without one.

Grab an 8″ x 8″ pan and your sifter, if you have one, and measure all the dry ingredients into the sifter. No need to grease the pan.

If using a sifter, let the kids take turns turning the handle and making the dry ingredients sift down into the 8″ x 8″ pan.

If you’re not using a sifter, just add all the dry ingredients to your pan.

Mix GENTLY with a spoon. Try to curb the enthusiasm level of the stirring or you will do what I did and end up with dry ingredients outside of the pan. Oops! Haha!

After you finish mixing the dry ingredients, make 3 holes in the mixture. (Maybe that’s another part of the “Wacky”.)

Put the vanilla in the first hole, the vinegar in the second hole and the oil in the third hole.

The vinegar will probably fizz up when it comes in contact with the baking soda and kids usually think that’s pretty cool. Pour the water in next.

Time for more GENTLE stirring. 😉 Stir until the ingredients are mixed together and fairly smooth.

I like to take a paper towel and wipe off the upper inside edges of the pan, just to make it look nicer after it’s baked.

Bake at 350 degrees for 30-35 minutes. Your house will smell lovely! Stick a toothpick into the center of the cake to test and see if the cake has cooked all the way through. Your toothpick should come out clean when the cake is done.

Allow the cake to cool completely before frosting with your favorite frosting. I “cheated” and used a can of frosting. 😉

I suggest spreading the frosting in one direction rather than back and forth or the top of the cake might lift off.

If you have some sprinkles on hand, you can add them on top while the frosting is still wet. (Sprinkles make everything better, right?)

Don’t you just want to eat some right now?? Wacky cake goes great with vanilla ice cream!

I hope you and your kids will have fun making Wacky Cake together! And I hope you will enjoy eating one of our favorite family recipes. Thanks for stopping by!

Kids Making Easy Cornbread

Are you looking for simple recipes that kids can help make? Or for older kids, even make on their own? This is a great recipe for yummy cornbread that comes from the Quaker yellow cornmeal canister. It’s been a favorite in our family for a long time. This recipe works great if you want to make it dairy free by just using water instead of milk.

Gather up your ingredients…flour, cornmeal, sugar, baking powder, salt, milk OR water, oil and an egg. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees and grease an 8 or 9″ baking pan.

Put all the dry ingredients together in a bowl.

Mix together.

Break the egg into a cup and beat it with a fork.

Add the milk or water, oil and the beaten egg to the dry ingredients.

Stir together with a spoon and pour into the greased pan.

Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until golden brown and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

We like to eat cornbread with butter and maple syrup or molasses. It goes great with soup! If you need more cornbread, this recipe works well when doubled and baked in a 9″ x 13″ pan. Just extend the baking time…start checking to see if it’s done at 30 minutes.

Baking with kids is a great learning experience for kids and a way to spend some quality time together. And the cornbread tastes great too! 😉 Enjoy!