Tuesday, June 14, 2011

{Kids in the Kitchen} The Vegetable Mission #1 - Pumpkin Chocolate Cupcakes

This is the beginning of (hopefully) a regular Tuesday blog post from me. My children rarely (ok, they don't) eat vegetables, with the exception of little Nate who most of the time will eat anything and everything in site, including non-food items ; )

So I am on a Mission.

To get those vegies in disguise, to wiggle their way into some old and new recipes, and put food on the children's plates that they WILL eat, that they WILL enjoy and that they WILL ask for more of!

So what have I baked today and did I succeed! Pumpkin Chocolate cupcakes is on the menu today for morning tea - but did they eat them??? Continue reading to find out if they did!

Pumpkin Chocolate Cupcakes

1/2 cup SR Flour

1/2 cup White Sugar

1/4 cup Milk

1 egg

1/2 tblspn vanilla essence

1 1/2 tblspn butter

2 tblspn cocoa

1/2 cup cooked Pumpkin (steamed and mashed)

This will make approx. 12 mini cupcakes. If you want to make more, just double the recipe : )

Mix all ingredients together in a bowl, fill your cupcake wrappers with the mix and bake for approx. 15 minutes in a mod-oven. Cooking time may vary, so best just to keep an eye on them and test with a knife - if it comes out clean they are cooked : )

(Now I have a new oven that the temp is always too hot when reading recipes and it seems to cook things faster too ; ) So in my oven I cooked these for approx. 15 minutes at 170 C fan-forced.)

Of course, once I had popped them in the oven Matilda asked if she could lick the bowl and spoon. I was hesitant, what if she tasted the pumpkin and decided that she was 'definitely not' eating those cupcakes. Well, she licked the bowl clean . . .

and when they were cooked? She ate 2 for morning tea . . .

as did Tom . . .


Stay tuned for next weeks recipe : )


  1. Great Idea Anna! I am defiantly going to give these a whirl.

  2. I will also have to give these a whirl, Bastian also hardly eats anything

  3. Those look yummy, I think we'll be baking tomorrow, I have half a pumpkin that needs using up. I have DaniL's Chocolate Zucchini cake recipe which is fabulous too, let me know if you want it... I actually grate a zucchini into plain sponge now, makes it all speckly which is kind of pretty, but you can't taste it at all.
    B actually said at dinner tonight, "I promise I will eat up all my bejjies" when faced with a bowl of pasta bolognaise (carrot, capsicum and zucchini well hidden in the sauce), she had three bowls too! I don't think she realised she was having so many vegetables though.

  4. I love it! The day I bought my food processor, was the day my kitchen and menu changed. I mix up veggies into everything now. And to be honest its not for my kids (who eat their veggies) its for my husband!

  5. Excellent timing, Anna - Kaylee wont touch vegetables either and I am the pointof pulling my hair out!!! I will definitely be trying these out SOON!

  6. These look delicious, I will have to give them a try. One of my dear friends needs to get vegies into her smallest boy who has been seriously ill - so I will be passing this recipe on to her too. I know she also uses powdered vegies and adds them to everything! Sounds bizarre, I know, but apparently they are great.

  7. Well done - will have to try this recipe (not that I have a problem with getting vegetable into my two - but new recipes are also good. If they liked these, I made this one and the kids ate it straight out of the oven:) http://beckyetal.blogspot.com/2010/03/spicy-winter-pumpkin-loaf.html


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