A Cup of Cake, Please

Even though we’re nearly two whole months into 2023, let’s hang onto the best new foods of 2022. One super popular new food was the mug cake. Tiktok videos of this dessert were watched 1 billion times! Throw chocolate, butter, flour and some other stuff in a coffee cup. Mix it up, heat it up in the microwave…and voila, you just made a cake! It’s quick, it’s gooey, it’s yummy - and you can eat it all yourself.

Wee Ones: What shape does the top of a coffee cup look like? Can you find 2 other things with that shape?

Little Kids: This mug cake recipe uses 9 ingredients, including cocoa, sugar and chocolate chips. If you have everything you need except baking powder, how many ingredients do you have?
Bonus: If you finally find some baking powder, and also add peanut butter chips, walnuts, and M&Ms, now how many ingredients does your mug cake have?

Big Kids: Your friend can hang out with you for an hour. If you take 5 minutes to mix the cakes and 90 seconds to cook them, how much time do you and your friend have to eat them? (Hint if needed: An hour has 60 minutes, and a minute has 60 seconds.)
Bonus: If your mug holds 8 ounces of cake in it and you eat just 1/4 of it, how many ounces are left for your next snack?


Wee Ones: The rim is a circle. Other circles you might find include buttons, clock faces, and other cups and bowls.

Little Kids: 8 ingredients.
Bonus: 12 ingredients.

Big Kids: 53 minutes 30 seconds. You took 6 1/2 minutes to make the cakes, so that brings us down to 54 minutes, then down another 1/2 minute.
Bonus: 6 ounces, because you ate 2 ounces.

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