I have a confession to make, not easy for me to admit, I am a failure at one of the most basic requirements of mommy hood, my cooking skills are terrible, actually they suck, my family would rather eat anywhere, than have me try to cook even a simple meal, sometimes I go all out and go gourmet – a grilled cheese sandwich on rye with French cheese and home cut fries, reserved only for special occasions.
Father’s Day is fast approaching, my children want to make a homemade cake to surprise dad for Father’s Day, I’m no Martha Stewart, and here lies the problem, there too old for me to buy a cake from the local Italian Bakery and pass it off as my own, a skill I have mastered. I know what cake pans are, how to mix batter, pour batter, that’s really about it, I looked for a cake, I could succeed at, was easy and simple and, I wouldn’t look like a fool in front of the kiddos, after all they think I am this great baker, baking all kind of exotic pastries I don’t even know the names of like Bruttiboni, Cannoli and Crocette of Caltanissetta.
I created this picture visual recipe, fool proof for even Elaine Benes to follow, shot and edited in my house, for all our visual munchkins who have difficulty processing a traditional recipe and for Mommies like me whose culinary skills have a lot to be desired, to make the most amazing Kit Kat Cake for Father’s Day. Sometimes the Father gets overlooked, this is a day to celebrate all they do, you can download it for free and get started, it comes with a free grocery list, task analysis, visual recipe and comprehension sheets, making it easy for us busy moms who never have time to take a breather. Teaching cooking can be difficult, check out our tips and strategies for helpful tips to teach your child to cook.
The recipes are evidence based, I poured over tons of Journal Articles to create an inventory of recipes, I hope you can use and teach your children some great skills.
Happy Father’s Day!
Download the free Step by Step Visual Recipe, printable worksheet, for autism cooking and autism education, print it out and laminate it, comment and send us some pictures of your cake and your kiddos making it, we would love to post it.