Baking with Barbie in the BettyLab

by Lynn Lilly, Apr 01 2021
This post is sponsored by General Mills, but all opinions are my own.

As a mom of two girls, it is so important to instill in them that if they can dream it they can do it. From being a baker to a scientist the possibilities are endless! I am thrilled to team up with Betty Cocker™ to support the Barbie mission to close The Dream Gap. Through STEM, we’re empowering girls to believe that they can be anything. My daughter Lily is drawn to baking and getting creative in the kitchen. It is something we have bonded over and it is our special time together. I love that Betty Crocker and Barbie are helping me with ideas to add science into our baking activities. Lily was so excited to get the Baking Better Futures Activity Kit and try something new in the kitchen.
The kit included the following:
  • Betty Crocker™ Strawberry Cake Mix 
  • Betty Crocker™ Measuring Spoon
  • Barbie Ballerina Doll
  • Excerpt from the Barbie Bakes cookbook
  • Baking Better Futures activity guide – includes instructions for how to use the cake mix to make a volcano cake, as well as make rock candy decorations courtesy of BettyLab

    Barbie Bakes a Brighter Future

    We also got a copy of the Barbie Bakes Cook Book! We made the Sprinkle Cookie Cups from the cookbook and shared the video on the Craft Box Girls Instagram.

    Barbie Bakes Cookbook for Kids

    Barbie Bakes Cookbook

    By age 5, many girls stop believing they can be anything they want to be. This drop in confidence is called The Dream Gap. To help girls realize their limitless potential, Betty Crocker™ is contributing to the Barbie™ dream gap project campaign and using the power of baking and culinary science to build confidence in STEM fields. Read more and get inspiration at BettyLab.

    We decided to get creative and make the volcano cake with the @bettycrocker strawberry cake mix in our kit! 

    Here is what you will need in addition to the cake mix and ingredients required for the mix. You can get everything below at Walmart. 

      Barbie Bakes


      1. Bake the cake according to the instructions on the box. Bake them in two round cake pans. I always line my cake pans with parchment paper to make it easier to get the cake out. 
      2. Stack the cakes. Hold the glass cup on top of the cake and use a knife to trace around the cake. (adult job) 
      3. Use the knife to cut all the way through both layers and remove the circle of cake. 
      4. Take the top layer off. Spread icing on the top of the bottom layer. Replace the top the layer.  
      5. Place the cup in the open circle.  
      6. Use a knife to shape the cake into a volcano. (adult Job)
      7. Spread icing all of the volcano. 
      8. Have some fun decorating with sprinkles.  
      9. Parents, wear gloves and use tongs to place a piece of dry ice into the glass cup in the center of the volcano. It is important to not touch the ice with bare skin or put in your mouth. It will burn. (adult Job)

      Ready for the experiment? Pour a small amount of water in the cup and watch the volcano smoke! Lily thought this was so cool! 

      Barbie Bakes Volcano Cake

      You can keep adding small amounts of dry ice to the cup to make it smoke more! 

      Barbie Bakes Volcano CakeBarbie Bakes Volcano Cake

      When you are done with the experiment and ready to each the cake remove the cup and dispose of the ice and water. 

      We had so much fun and Lily is excited to try more science recipes (that is her new term) with Barbie! 

      Don't forget you can visit BettyLab for more inspiration and shop core items from the Betty x Barbie Activity Kit at Walmart. 
      xoxo- LL 


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