We bought a lot of butter last week.
After reading Sara Varon’s delightful and touching graphic novel Bake Sale, the kids and I felt hungry for baked goods.
Varon’s book features Cupcake, owner of a bakery, and friend Eggplant. It’s a story about dreams, friendship and a lot of baking in Cupcake’s shop. Her illustrations are both charming and funny.
Calvin suggested we follow Varon’s recipes and it seemed like a good Saturday morning plan. Of course, Max and Calvin couldn’t agree on a recipe, so I let them each pick one. Max chose cupcakes and Calvin chose the brownies – both requiring a lot of butter.
We set out to Clifton Market to buy the ingredients. Before we left, we read the recipes and made a shopping list.
Baking with little kids is an adventure and I summoned my most yoga-like self as they cracked eggs and helped me measure. We started with the cupcakes.
By the time we started mixing up the brownies, the kids lost interest but I carried on like the sugar addict I am.
The results were delicious. Max thought the cupcakes were best, Calvin liked the brownies. I think the cupcakes may have been my favorite.
We love this story and its adorable illustrations. Here are the recipes below:
I’m not the only blogger who has featured this book. Read Jama’s Alphabet Soup for a very charming description of this book.