I love school holidays and spending more time with the kids.
Well up to a point. Yup, that point when everyone is BORED and HUNGRY and it seems like I'm the one who has to come up with a solution.
That's when having a few packets of Betty Crocker mix ready in the cupboard has been coming in handy these holidays.
Ah-huh, see what I did there. Oh yeah I solved the bored and hungry problem in one smooth move.
What I like about the Betty Crocker mixes is they are really simple enough the kids can mix them up with minimal help from me.
I love the proud looks on their faces when they serve up the finished cupcakes.
Plus I like to think that they learn a bit, like how to follow instructions in order and measure out ingredients.
We've put our own twist on the Betty Crocker super moist vanilla cupcake mix and come up with yummy black bottom cupcakes.
Betty Crocker Black Bottom Cupcakes
1 packet Betty Crocker super moist vanilla cupcake
2 extra large eggs
1/2 cup milk
60g unsalted butter
2 Tbsp cocoa
1 1/2 cups mini chocolate chips
Extra chocolate chips for serving
Preheat oven to 180C (160C fan forced) and line a 12 hole muffin tin with regular sized muffin paper cases.
Beat cupcake mix eggs milk and butter in a medium bowl with an electric mixer on low for 30 seconds, then reduce speed to medium and mix for a further 2 minutes, remove half the batter and set aside.
Mix the 2 Tbsp of cocoa into the remaining batter and mix at medium speed for 30 seconds until combined. Fold in 3/4 cup of mini chocolate chips and divide the mixture evenly between the muffin cases.
Fold the remaining 3/4 cup of mini chocolate chips into the reserved batter and spoon onto the top of the chocolate cupcake mix filled cases.
Bake for 20 minutes or until the tops spring back when lightly touched.
Swirl frosting (included in box) onto top of each cupcake and sprinkle a few extra chocolate chips on top.
Linda Vandermeer is a blogger, baker, maker and author of the cookbook ' Sweets on a Stick': More than 150 kid friendly recipes for cakes, candies, cookies and pies on the go! Published in the US, the book is available at most online book-stores.
Disclosure: The ideas, words and opinions in this post are my own however this post was sponsored by General Mills.