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Meet the new top chef: your kid

01 August 2016

When it comes to cooking, we’re all for letting kids take the lead. Just like Javin. He’s 11 years old and pretty in love with baking. His mom, Faith? Not so much. So we created an easy-to-follow recipe template that allowed him to choose his very own baking adventure. Your kid can follow theirs here.

A little boy in makes cake batter with the help of his mother. A little boy in makes cake batter with the help of his mother. A little boy in makes cake batter with the help of his mother. A little boy in makes cake batter with the help of his mother. A little boy in makes cake batter with the help of his mother. A little boy in makes cake batter with the help of his mother. A little boy in makes cake batter with the help of his mother. A little boy in makes cake batter with the help of his mother. A little boy in makes cake batter with the help of his mother. A little boy in makes cake batter with the help of his mother. A little boy in makes cake batter with the help of his mother. A little boy in makes cake batter with the help of his mother.
“The first time I ever baked was in school. We made a gooey chocolate cake. It was so good and I wanted to learn to make it at home. Now I bake all the time, but I like to try new recipes,” says Javin.
 
As kids become more comfortable in the kitchen, they want to experiment and test their boundaries. That’s why we created a template that allows them to create new combinations. 
We started with a basic cake recipe. This is the part you’ll want to follow closely. Ingredients like flour, baking powder, eggs and butter can make or break a cake. Most importantly, let the kiddos do the work!
 
“The best thing about cake isn’t eating it, it’s making it! When you’re eating, you’re just sitting there. What’s so fun about that? When I’m baking I’m actually doing something,”  Javin explains.
 
From here on out, it’s all about customising your creation. Javin could choose between vanilla, chocolate or marble cake. “Chocolate is my favourite, I eat it all the time and always bake chocolate cakes! But when I’m not baking, my other specialty is toast. I’m really good at making toast with lots of toppings. I also help to make pancake batter, but I don’t do the flipping.”
A mother and her young son whisk cake batter together. A mother and her young son whisk cake batter together. A mother and her young son whisk cake batter together. A mother and her young son whisk cake batter together. A mother and her young son whisk cake batter together. A mother and her young son whisk cake batter together. A mother and her young son whisk cake batter together. A mother and her young son whisk cake batter together. A mother and her young son whisk cake batter together. A mother and her young son whisk cake batter together. A mother and her young son whisk cake batter together. A mother and her young son whisk cake batter together.
A boy pours chocolate cake batter into a round cake pan. A boy pours chocolate cake batter into a round cake pan. A boy pours chocolate cake batter into a round cake pan. A boy pours chocolate cake batter into a round cake pan. A boy pours chocolate cake batter into a round cake pan. A boy pours chocolate cake batter into a round cake pan. A boy pours chocolate cake batter into a round cake pan. A boy pours chocolate cake batter into a round cake pan. A boy pours chocolate cake batter into a round cake pan. A boy pours chocolate cake batter into a round cake pan. A boy pours chocolate cake batter into a round cake pan. A boy pours chocolate cake batter into a round cake pan.
A mother helps her young son put his cake pan in the oven. A mother helps her young son put his cake pan in the oven. A mother helps her young son put his cake pan in the oven. A mother helps her young son put his cake pan in the oven. A mother helps her young son put his cake pan in the oven. A mother helps her young son put his cake pan in the oven. A mother helps her young son put his cake pan in the oven. A mother helps her young son put his cake pan in the oven. A mother helps her young son put his cake pan in the oven. A mother helps her young son put his cake pan in the oven. A mother helps her young son put his cake pan in the oven. A mother helps her young son put his cake pan in the oven.
Next up, Javin chose to bake a round cake instead of square. And with Faith’s supervision, he even sliced it into three, charmingly uneven layers.
 
“I’m a much better baker than my mom! But my dad? I don’t know... He’s a pretty good cook! He can bake loads of things.”
The bottom layer of a cake is spread with chocolate frosting. The bottom layer of a cake is spread with chocolate frosting. The bottom layer of a cake is spread with chocolate frosting. The bottom layer of a cake is spread with chocolate frosting. The bottom layer of a cake is spread with chocolate frosting. The bottom layer of a cake is spread with chocolate frosting. The bottom layer of a cake is spread with chocolate frosting. The bottom layer of a cake is spread with chocolate frosting. The bottom layer of a cake is spread with chocolate frosting. The bottom layer of a cake is spread with chocolate frosting. The bottom layer of a cake is spread with chocolate frosting. The bottom layer of a cake is spread with chocolate frosting.
Berries are spread on the second layer of the cake. Berries are spread on the second layer of the cake. Berries are spread on the second layer of the cake. Berries are spread on the second layer of the cake. Berries are spread on the second layer of the cake. Berries are spread on the second layer of the cake. Berries are spread on the second layer of the cake. Berries are spread on the second layer of the cake. Berries are spread on the second layer of the cake. Berries are spread on the second layer of the cake. Berries are spread on the second layer of the cake. Berries are spread on the second layer of the cake.
The top of the cake is covered in chocolate ganache. The top of the cake is covered in chocolate ganache. The top of the cake is covered in chocolate ganache. The top of the cake is covered in chocolate ganache. The top of the cake is covered in chocolate ganache. The top of the cake is covered in chocolate ganache. The top of the cake is covered in chocolate ganache. The top of the cake is covered in chocolate ganache. The top of the cake is covered in chocolate ganache. The top of the cake is covered in chocolate ganache. The top of the cake is covered in chocolate ganache. The top of the cake is covered in chocolate ganache.
Last but not least, fill and decorate! The options are endless, so expect your kid to go all out.
 
“Filling and decorating the cake is my favourite part. But even though I love chocolate, I felt like chocolate filling all the way through would be too much. I wouldn’t be able to eat a whole slice! That’s why I added the berries. Next time I think I might use a thinner layer of chocolate. I decided to top my cake with lots of colourful stuff like candies and berries because they make it feel like a real party cake.”
 
We totally agree. This cake was to die for.
A little boy celebrates over his finished cake. A little boy celebrates over his finished cake. A little boy celebrates over his finished cake. A little boy celebrates over his finished cake. A little boy celebrates over his finished cake. A little boy celebrates over his finished cake. A little boy celebrates over his finished cake. A little boy celebrates over his finished cake. A little boy celebrates over his finished cake. A little boy celebrates over his finished cake. A little boy celebrates over his finished cake. A little boy celebrates over his finished cake.

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Interior designer: Anna Cardell
Digital designer: Lasse Johansson
Copywriter: Vanessa Algotsson
Photographer: Johan Månsson
Editor: Linda Harkell