For some time now I've had it in my head that wouldn't play dough made to look and smell like chocolate be fun? I then began to imagine the girls making real-looking cupcakes out of the dough, and it seemed like even more fun. What about pink play dough icing and sprinkles to decorate? Mmmmmm, I asked the girls if they would like to make chocolate play dough, with pink sparkle dough icing and they were very keen. I carefully explained that the dough would smell like chocolate but taste like yucky play dough, and they said they didn't mind. So this week we set about to make our very own play dough cupcake "cafe" and this is what happened...
Your will need
• Your favourite basic play dough recipe, or you you can use mine (pinched from the back label of a pack of McKenzies Cream of Tarter). The recipe can be found here
• Cupcake cases. Mine are party-worthy cardboard ones, but you could use the silicon type or even the standard paper variety
• Pretty things to decorate. We used pom poms and sequins, but the sky is the limit here. You could try glitter, plastic jewels, beads, buttons, anything
You first need to make the play dough. The recipe we use is a stove top one, but I let the girls do the fun mixing part themselves before I put it on the hotplate. They are making a batch each because one was supposed to be for the pink icing. For the chocolate dough we just added 3 tbsp of cocoa instead of food colouring.
The pink icing was an unfortunate disaster. Silly mummy, trying to do a bit of basic math in her head, got the quantities mixed up and added double the usual amount of water. I did try to salvage it by adding extra flour but to no good end. We had to content ourselves with the chocolate dough only.
The chocolate dough fared better, and did come out smelling like a chocolate cake mix. I had only half the amount of necessary salt left for this recipe, so for us it won't keep, but if you stick to your correct quantities you should be alright. I was not too sure about the chocolate dough once it was made. I had not thought about what other things dark brown play dough might resemble, and the husband was not at all impressed. Enough said. Next time I think we shall stick to the pretty food colourings.
The kids had no reservations whatsoever and loved the chocolate dough! I set it out on a platter with the cupcake cases and cake decorations and they really had a ball. With regular play dough they often make cakes and biscuits anyway so this was taking it to the next level for them.
After this activity I rolled the dough up into a ball with the sequin mess and didn't fancy keeping it so I wastefully tossed it in the bin. It smelled like chocolate but there was something not quite right about the smell, although I couldn't put my finger on it. Perhaps it's all the salt and no sugar. I would definitely do this activity again (they loved it!) but with regular play dough instead of the chocolate variety we made. Have you attempted an unusual play dough recipe? Did it work?
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