Cook with Books: The Borrowers


This month we’ve got a fun cooking activity that would be a great go-along if you’re reading The Borrowers!  If you’ve never read it, The Borrowers is a book about the Clock family, who are tiny people that live in the walls of a house.  They’re called Borrowers because they borrow what they need to survive from the big people who live in the house.  There are actually four sequels to The Borrowers, so you can read all about their adventures!

CupcakesThis month’s activity is tiny cupcakes–just the right size for a Borrower!


We made our cupcakes in condiment cups, but you can use a mini muffin pan, too.  Make sure you use baking spray inside the cups so the cupcakes will come out in one piece.  I sprayed some on a plate and then we used paintbrushes to make sure the insides were covered.

CookingThen it’s time to get cooking!  You can use your favorite recipe, or you can try the one we used!

FillingFill your condiment cups with the cake batter.  As you can see, it may be difficult for small hands to do this neatly, but the point is to have some fun and not worry about it looking like a Pinterest project!

DecoratedAfter they’re done, it’s time to decorate!  We pulled out all of our sprinkles and had a great time!

Here’s the recipe we used for our cupcakes!


  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup shortening
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 egg


  1. Spray your condiment cups with baking spray or use cupcake liners in a mini muffin pan.
  2. In a large bowl, stir together flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
  3. Then add the milk, shortening, and vanilla and beat with a mixer until everything is combined.
  4. Add the egg and beat again.
  5. Fill condiment cups about half full with batter.
  6. Bake at 350 F for about half an hour.
  7. Let the cupcakes cool and then frost and decorate!


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