The Power of Heat Energy
Here is a fun and delicious experiment from our STEM Educator, Miss Angel, that you can do with some common ingredients and your own microwave! Making a cupcake demonstrates the chemical reactions and physical changes made with the energy of heat. This is the science of baking! You can also have fun while learning about units of measurement like teaspoons and tablespoons.
You’ll need vanilla, flour, sugar, salt, milk (any type), butter (room temperature or warmer), baking powder, a mixing bowl, a microwave safe container, and measuring spoons.
Measure out your dry ingredients first: 6 teaspoons of flour, 4 teaspoons of sugar, 1/4 teaspoon of baking powder, and 1 pinch of salt. You’ll also need to measure out 6 teaspoons of milk, 3/4 teaspoon of butter, and 2 drops of vanilla extract.
Slowly add your measured butter and milk while stirring. Hint: Add the milk a little at a time. Add the vanilla and then the remaining dry ingredients a little at a time.
Transfer the finished batter to your microwave safe container. Optional: Use a cupcake sleeve.
Microwaves will vary. Start with :30 and increase in :10 increments until baked. Check the progress with a fork or toothpick.
Optional: Decorate your cupcake. NOT optional: Enjoy your treat!