Posted in 3-4 yr olds, 5-6 yr olds, Uncategorized

With Mother’s Day only around the corner I thought that cake would be the perfect topic for today! This French Yogurt Cake is just perfect for small hands to bake. It even fits into the Junior and Senior Infant Maths Curriculum Objectives. Under the measures strand children are expected to:

• develop an understanding of the concept of weight through exploration, handling of objects and use of appropriate vocabulary
• compare and order objects according to weight
• estimate and weigh in non-standard units
• select and use appropriate non-standard units to weigh objects

What is a “non-standard units of measure”  I hear you ask?! Jugs, cups, buckets… anything that doesn’t involve the use of a weight scales. In this cake we will measure out all of the ingredients using an empty yogurt carton. After that it is as easy as 1, 2, 3…

Chocolate Chip Yogurt Cake

• 1 pot of natural yogurt
• 1  yogurt pot  of chocolate chips
• 1  yogurt pot of flavourless oil
• 1 tsp vanilla extract
• 2  yogurt pots of sugar
• 3 yogurt pots of self-raising flour
• 3 eggs
1. Pre-heat your oven to 180 degrees Celsius.
2. Prepare a 2lb loaf tin. You need to  grease and flour it. This is probably a job for the adult helper 🙂
3. Empty  1 pot of yogurt into large mixing bowl.
4. Use the yogurt pot to measure 1 pot of oil and add to  it the bowl.
5. Add 1 tsp of vanilla extract.
6. Wash and dry the yogurt pot. Use it to measure out your flour and sugar.Add 2 pots of sugar and 3 pots of flour to the bowl.Gently whisk.
7. Break 3 eggs into the bowl and then whisk.
8. Stir in 1 pot of chocolate chips.
9. Pour into prepared tin and bake for 30-45 minutes.

Check the cake after 30 minutes but no sooner or it will implode!

If the cake is not yet cooked return to the oven and check in intervals of 5 minutes.

*If it starts to brown but still is not cooked loosely cover it with tinfoil and then return to the oven. This could  just be a problem with my oven!!

Allow to cool if you can. I never do!!!

This recipe has been “tested” and ” approved” by a 3 year old friend of mine. It really is such an easy cake to make. It is not even very messy.  If you are worried just put a tea-towel under the mixing bowl and throw it in the wash afterwards.

There are so much learning opportunities in this yogurt cake. You will be talking about quantities and measuring them out using non-standard units. Your child will be counting out ingredients (1, 2, 3). Sequencing , which is part of the History curriculum, and following instructions is another important part of baking. There is also the fine motor control of measuring, pouring and mixing.

Exact accuracy is not required for this  chocolate chip yogurt cake. It is most forgiving!!! A little more or a little less of any ingredient will not have much of an effect.

It is a great basic cake mixture to play around it. Omit the choc. chips for these variations:

Lemon cake:  Omit vanilla extract. Add the zest of 2 lemons and drizzle with lemony icing sugar.

Marble Cake: Taken out a scoop of the mixed batter and added 2 heaped dessert spoons of cocoa. Pour  some of the “plain batter” into your tin. Add a scoop of “chocolate”. Add some vanilla… Alternate the flavours and then gently “swirl” the mixture in the tin using the handle of a spoon/knife.

Pear and vanilla: chopped tinned pears into cubes. Add the plain batter and bake.

Have fun,

Miss Mernagh 🙂