Are you looking for a simple dessert to serve at Christmas time? These are super simple and would be great for a kids’ party!
All you need are some little tart shells – graham cracker or pie crust type – some light colored instant pudding mix, milk and edible decorations.
I found this decorating kit at Walmart, but you can use other things too. Like chocolate chips, mini M&M’s, sprinkles, colored sugar, etc.
Open the tarts so they are ready immediately after you make the pudding.
Following the instructions on the pudding mix box, make the pudding with milk.
Immediately fill the tarts with the pudding. Instant pudding soft sets in about 5 minutes.
Refrigerate the tarts until the pudding is fully set.
Now comes the fun part of decorating each tart! Most of the candy decorations will begin to melt and their colors will run on the pudding, so DON’T decorate the tarts beforehand. Decorating can be done by each person as they get their dessert. 🙂
Sprinkles are pretty just “sprinkled” around.
Red and green sugar looks festive!
Snowman face made from the decorating kit I showed you.
Snowman made with mini M&M’s.
Snowman made with chocolate chips.
And Christmas lights from the decorating kit.
You might also like to use crushed candy cane bits, chocolate shavings or broken cookie pieces.
I hope these will be a hit with your family! Have fun making them AND eating them! 😉
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!