Archive for January, 2010

My sweet friends at the Cupcakes Take the Cake blog are offering a contest for my new Pink Princess Cupcakes Cookbook give-away! Please check-out their delicious cupcake site and enter to win!   Cookbook contest! Win Pink Princess Cupcakes by Barbara Beery To enter, leave a comment on their post with your email address telling us why you want to win it! Entries limited to U.S. and Canadian addresses. Winners will be chosen randomly. .Deadline: February 15, 5 pm EST.

Publisher’s description: Little girls will love the princess-themed recipes in this cookbook. Creative decorations for the perfect dessert include magic wands made from white chocolate, crown-shaped cookies, rock candy jewels, and much more that make cupcakes perfect for birthday parties, sleepovers, or fun any day of the week! Easy instructions and a full-color photo for each recipe.

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Barbara Beery’s official site is Kids Cooking Shop and her latest video is below, on making Valentine’s Day cupcakes. Click here for the recipe.


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50% off Kids Cooking Shop SALE!

50% Off EVERYTHING February 1-15 in our
“Cleaning the Kitchen Cabinet” Sale Take advantage of HUGE savings for 2 weeks on this once a year sale from Batter Up Kids Cooking Shop. Evey thing in the shop is included – even our sale merchandise.

Go to http://kidscookingshop.com/ and sign-up at the very bottom of the home page on our email list to receive a coupon code for 50% off everything on the site. Hurry while supplies last and start cooking–up some fun in your kitchen in 2010!

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Be My Valentine Cupcakes

Kids’ Valentine Day Parties are here and we’re sure that everyone will fall in love with these adorable Be My Valentine Cupcakes! Watch our video and see how much fun you and your kids will have making ( and eating!) these cute cupcakes with cookies-on-top for Valentine’s Day ! Watch our cupcake decorating demo video.  http://www.youtube.com/barbarabeerykidscook

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Cold and raining; cold and snowing…We still have plenty of wintry days ahead so why not warm-up with a nice cupcake of hot chocolate? These easy-as-pie chocolate cupcakes baked in a real mug are sure to please and warm-up every child in the house. This makes a great indoor activity that will keep the kids in the kitchen cooking up wintertime fun.

Hot Chocolate Cupcakes

Makes about 12


Cooking spray

Chocolate cake mix

Marshmallow Creme

Let’s Bake some Cupcakes!

  1. 1. Make cake mix according to package directions in a large mixing bowl. http://kidscookingshop.com/red-batter-bowl Simply coat the insides of oven safe mugs (ceramic, pottery and china) with cooking spray, and then fill the mugs halfway with your favorite chocolate cake batter. We used a mix for German chocolate cake, which is a lighter color than regular chocolate cake and looks more like hot cocoa.
  2. Follow the cupcake baking instructions on the cake mix package. The cakes are done when a toothpick inserted into the center of one comes out clean or with just a few crumbs. Allow the cakes to cool for about 15 minutes.
  3. Top each mug with a generous dollop of marshmallow creme and dig in!

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Pancakes in the morning, pancakes in the evening, pancakes at supper time! Who doesn’t love pancakes! If they  happen to include  healthy fresh fruits like blueberries , even better!  Here is a super cute , kid-friendly  and really delicious recipe to stir-up with the kids for supper this evening  to celebrate Shrove Tuesday! The recipe uses homemade pancake batter, but feel free to use your favorite mix to achieve the same results.  The recipe is from my  Fairies Cookbook http://kidscookingshop.com/author-signed-fairies-cookbook


Makes 20 -2 to 3 inch pancakes


*2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tbsp. baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons sugar
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon

2 eggs
2 cups milk
3 tablespoons melted butter
2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1/2-3/4 cups blueberries or raspberries, sliced strawberries, apples, peaches or bananas

Let’s Start Mixing!

1. Place the flour, baking powder, salt and sugar into a large bowl and whisk together to incorporate ingredients.

2. Add eggs and milk in a separate bowl, then whisk in the melted butter and vanilla extract. Pour the egg mixture over the dry ingredients and stir with a spoon, but do not beat. The batter will be a little bit lumpy, but that’s O.K..

3. Using a ¼ cup measuring cup, pour pancake batter onto a hot griddle spayed generously with non-stick spray. Place a few blueberries or other fruit of choice on the top side of the pancake. When bubbles form, flip pancake and heat another one to two minutes.

4. Remove pancakes from griddle one at a time with a spatula. Place pancakes a plate and keep in a 200 degree oven covered with foil until ready to serve.

5. Carefully remove pancakes 2-3 at a time from the oven and using assorted shapes of 2-3 inch cookie cutters, cut-our pancakes into your favorite shapes.

6. Serve with heated maple syrup, additional fresh fruits, and a sprinkling of “pixie dust” powdered sugar.

 Eat them while you can…These little blueberry pixie pancakes are “fly-off the plate” delicious!

*Alternately use your favorite pancake mix and add 2 tablespoons sugar, ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon and 2 teaspoons vanilla.


Batter Up Kids-friendly Kitchen Tip

Freeze any left-over cut-out scraps in a reseal able plastic bag and heat in the microwave for a quick snack another day.








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National Chocolate Cake Day is January 27 so let’s celebrate the day by eating chocolate cake! Here’s a super kid-friendly and fun recipe to make, bake and decorate. A creative batch of  chocolate cupcakes that will delight and surprise everyone! And if you don’t feel like making cupcakes, try our Chocolate Flowerpot Cake Mix that you really bake in a flowerpot. http://kidscookingshop.com/flowerpot-chocolate-cake-mix

Enchanted Garden Chocolate Cupcakes

Makes 20 -24 cupcakes

Adapted from the Fairies Cookbook by Barbara Beery



Cupcake Ingredients

1 package chocolate cake mix


2 teaspoons Vanilla

Frosting Ingredients

½ c butter, softened

4 cups powdered sugar

¼ teaspoon salt

1/3 cup whole milk or half and half

2 teaspoons vanilla

Red paste food coloring

White candies or white chocolate chips or nibs

 Let’s Start Making Cupcakes!

1. Make cake mix according to package directions substituting milk for water and adding 2 teaspoons vanilla.

2. Divide in to 20 lined cupcake pans filling almost full so that the tops are really big and slightly hang over the side when baked.

3. Cool cupcakes 10 minutes and then remove cupcake liners.

4 Combine frosting ingredients and frost cupcakes and decorate with candies for mushroom spots.






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 It’s National Peanut Butter Day, January 24

It’s another national food holiday and this time it’s our all American favorite, Peanut Butter. Nothing says childhood like a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, but there are so many other ways to enjoy!The cookbook, The Magic of Peanut Butter and Jelly, combines two cookbooks that go together as perfectly as peanut butter and jelly!  And nothing’s more jam-tastic than this combined set of 2 cookbooks, packaged in a beautiful slipcase and priced so unbelievably: you get two for less than the price of one! There are 200 yummy recipes, each featuring either peanut butter or jelly!  Normally priced at $10.00 on Batter Up Kids Cooking Shop, we are offering it for $5.99  until January 31. Get’em while they last! http://kidscookingshop.com/magic-peanut-butter-and-jelly-cookbook-set

Thumbs-Up Cookies recipe is a peanut butter and jelly cookie treat and is one of my family’s personal favorites from my Batter Up Kids: Delicious Desserts Cookbook   http://kidscookingshop.com/author-signed-delicious-desserts.




Makes 24 cookies

3/4 cup shortening

1/2 cup brown sugar, packed

1/2 cup peanut butter

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 egg

1 teaspoon vanilla

13/4 cups flour

Jelly or jam (your favorite kind)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

  1. Line a cookie sheet with foil. Spray with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, cream the shortening and sugar. Blend in peanut butter, salt, egg, vanilla, and flour. Mix well.
  3. Shape dough into 1-inch balls. Press your thumb into the center of each ball, creating a 1/2-inch indented spot.
  4. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes and cool on a rack. Fill centers with your favorite jelly or jam.


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