Sunday, September 28, 2014


Sloane baked a cake!

I read this book, "Bringing Up Bebe", when I was pregnant and there is a section in the book where it talks about baking a cake with your little one when they are young, the whole idea being they are involved in the process of making something, can assert their ability, and can pride themselves in the result. The cake is a yogurt cake that is very simple and is something that even a toddler can do. (The context within the book is that French children bake every weekend - they'll bake a cake in the morning and have it with their afternoon tea). The cake is actually is pretty good; it's dense and moist, I like the addition of the raspberries (you could add any kind of frozen fruit or even chocolate), and we slathered it with creme fraiche when we ate it. 

Sloane is still pretty young to bake a cake entirely by herself (she is 2 yrs and 2 months old), but she is so interested in 'helping' me cook in the kitchen (she helped me make salmon cakes one time with great success) and insists that she do things on her own (after I turn on the sink faucet for her, she tells me to go outside and closes the bathroom door so that she can wash her hands by herself...), that I felt like she was up for the task...and she LOVED it.

I helped her measure out the cups and then she poured each thing into the bowls and did the mixing. It brought me so much joy seeing how much she enjoyed this. The recipe is at the very bottom of this post, if you're interested!

 "I did it!!"

She was verrrryy interested in watching over her cake baking in the oven. I eventually had to distract her with something else because she kept asking if it was ready, every minute.

She was so proud!! Later on that night, when we were eating the cake with some friends, I leaned over and whispered, "Who made this cake we are all eating?" She grinned up at me and clasped at her chest, "Sloane!" 

Yogurt Cake with Raspberries (adapted slightly from Raising Bebe) - 

You will need:

  • 2 (6oz) containers of french vanilla yogurt (keep containers for measuring the other ingredients)(I didn't have vanilla extract so I justified using French vanilla yogurt, but next time I will probably go with plain yogurt)
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 containers sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 3/4 of a container of vegetable oil
  • 4 containers flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 2 container of frozen raspberries 
  • Crème fraîche 


  1. Preheat the oven to 375 F
  2. Coat a 9″ round cake pan with cooking spray or oil.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, combine the yogurt, eggs, sugar, vanilla, and oil.
  4. In a separate bowl, combine the flour and baking powder.
  5. Add the dry mixture to the wet mixture, stir until just combined. Add the raspberries.
  6. Pour it all into your baking pan, bake for 35 minutes or until golden and when a toothpick inserted is pulled out clean. Let it cool on a rack.
  7. Serve with Crème fraîche.


  1. So fun. Is that bringing up bebe you mean? If so i read that too and LOOOOVED it. Letting a child learn to make a cake also teaches them delayed gratification. Do the work, WAIT, get the result. So crucial

  2. I have no words to say about how precious and pretty she is!

  3. I just want to squeeze your little girl. You make me want a daughter. Seriously.