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How to Make Chocolate-Peppermint Poke Cake

Created January 10, 2017
Baking with kids can be full of teachable moments—show them how to make Betty’s Chocolate-Peppermint Poke Cake and squeeze in a fraction lesson too!
How to Make Chocolate-Peppermint Poke Cake

Life is sweet when teachable moments come up in the kitchen. Here’s a way for older kids to practice their fractions while helping you make a yummy Chocolate-Peppermint Poke Cake

Connect school and baking with Betty’s easy hands-on way to show exactly how fractions work and why they matter in our everyday lives. Plus, when you’re done, there’s an ooey-gooey treat to share! 


  • Have all the measuring equipment at your fingertips and ready for measuring. Introduce your child to the different measurements commonly used in baking—this recipe calls for cups and teaspoon measurements.
  • Work through doubling fractions by doubling the recipe on paper. Ask your child how they would double the recipe if they had to serve twice as many people.
  • Have your child do the math, then help put the answers into practice. To show that doubling ½ cup equals 1 cup, fill the ½-cup measure twice and pour into the 1-cup measure. 
  • Instead of using the exact measuring cups and spoons called for in the recipe, propose a challenge to make the recipe with different sized cups—instead of using a ½-cup measure, use two ¼-cup measures, for example.
  • Be sure to make and bake the cake following the recipe directions.
Friendly reminders:
  • Grease the pan before mixing.
  • Save time by having a bowl on the counter to collect trash, such as egg shells, wrappers, etc.
  • Don’t eat any batter or dough containing raw eggs.
  • Collect the Box Tops from the baking products used to give to your child’s school!