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Lesson: Bring The Heat

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Lesson: Bring The Heat

Dreamy Cream-Filled Cupcakes
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Demonstrate the difference a degree can make by mixing up Dreamy Cream-Filled Cupcakes.

Get ready to turn up the heat! This hot lesson is filled with cool ideas for teaching kids about pre-heating the oven and a baker's dozen. Ever wonder why it takes 13 to make a baker's dozen? Get started to learn all about it!

Teachable Moments

Set up a Box Tops clipping station or kit so that everyone in the family has a degree of involvement. By having all the necessary supplies – scissors, collection container or sheet, and rubber bands – in a common, easy-to-access spot, everyone will exactly how they can help.

Help your child test the oven temperature with an oven thermometer (available at most grocery stores). If the temperatures don't match up, work with your child to determine how many degrees to adjust the oven to be correct.

Do you know why a baker’s dozen is made of 13 items? The answer is heat. The corners of a pan do not bake at the same rate as the rest of the pan; they heat up and cool off much faster. To avoid burnt goods, bakers devised a way to arrange their goods that also avoided corners. It looks like this:


bakers dozen


Voila – a perfect solution that calls for 13 items! Help your child put this theory to test using silicone baking cups (on cookie sheets) arranged differently with each batch.

Friendly Reminders

• Always start by clipping Box Tops

• Stock up on baking staples during sales

• Remember to set a timer

• Allow items to cool before frosting

• Don’t eat batter containing raw eggs

Friendly Reminders
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nuevomanecer said: Posted: 11/20/2012 4:39 PM
Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm!!!! Yummy
 
Lucysyummys said: Posted: 8/17/2012 10:52 AM
Good to know. Definitely going to try it!
 
Virg2009 said: Posted: 7/22/2011 10:18 AM
WOW -- Learn something new every day -- Never knew that is how a Baker's Dozen came about!
 
TanmyaZepeda said: Posted: 10/7/2010 4:36 PM
Wow! I always thought a baker's dozen was so they could do a taste test! Someone should REALLY manufacture a 'baker's dozen' muffin pan...strictly for the heating and cooling issue! ;-)
 
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