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Girl Gourmet Cupcake MakerGirl Gourmet Cupcake Maker

Girl Gourmet Cupcake Maker; by Jakks Pacific, food products made in the USA, average retail $29.99 USD, Recommended ages 8+ You just have to love the whole idea of kids being able to independently make cupcakes from start to finish, never mind in less than a minute. Girl Gourmet Cupcake Maker is a great concept especially given the popularity of the current cupcake craze. The Girl Gourmet Cupcake Maker Set comes with everything you need to make and frost four cupcakes; additional mixes and accessories are sold separately. They are great for snack, lunchboxes, and play dates, anytime your kid has a hankering for a cupcake. One huge factor that will be very important to parents of kids with food allergies is that the cupcake mixes are peanut, tree nut, wheat, and gluten free. The crew's favorite part was the cupcake froster. This gadget may seem unnecessary to an adult but it was a hit with the kids; and no one cared if the frosting came out perfectly swirled, they just enjoyed doing it. Immediate clean up was pretty painless. Again, I say immediate, but it was a little bit harder to clean the frosting unit after it sat for awhile. Cleaning up is an important life skill! The crew had mixed feelings on the flavor of the cupcakes, red velvet, vanilla, cinnamon sugar, and chocolate; I think there is room for improvement here. The texture and fluffiness did fluctuate with time and microwave wattage. So you may need to find the best time for your microwave, but always start with the recommended bake time of 30 seconds. Both boys and girls enjoyed the "Girl" Gourmet Cupcake Maker. Unfortunately, the boys were not willing to put anything called the Girl Gourmet on their wish list. Especially in this day and age where shows like Ace of Cakes rule; this would appeal to more kids if it were not label so gender specific.

Nothing is more important than spending time with your kids, add a fun activity to the mix and the benefits outweigh any possible messes. Besides the valuable life skill of learning how to cook, there are many other reasons to get your young chefs into the kitchen with you. Surrounded by measuring cups and spoons, Cooking/Baking can be the perfect time to:

  • talk about healthy food choices

  • portion control

  • enhance reading skills by encouraging your children to read our simple instructions

  • strengthen math skills by measuring of ingredients

  • reinforce science skills by mixing ingredients

  • help build positive self-esteem

  • enjoy each other's company

Toy Guru Toy & Game ReviewsAbout the Author: Mary Rose is a Mommy, a writer and an early childhood educator who believes in learning through play and the value of good toys.


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