Thunder Cake – Kids Cook with Books

Thunder CakeDuring the last month’s edition of Kids Cook with Books, I confessed that I’m not really a cake person.  But while I do prefer pie, there IS something special about the right kind of cake. In the case of the recipe below, perhaps it’s not even the cake, itself. It’s probably the lemon curd!

This is a beautiful tale of a grandmother comforting her granddaughter during a thunderstorm.  She uses the oldest trick in the book – distraction.  Not much could distract most people from something they are afraid of, but cake is pretty appealing!  The two of them gather all of the ingredients needed to make Thunder Cake as the storm approaches, and by the time it has arrived, the cake is ready to eat!

Join the Fun – Here’s How:

  1. Leave a comment below saying that you’re joining Kids Cook with Books this month and reading Thunder Cake, by Patricia Polacco
  2. Get a copy of our featured books using the links above or from your local library.
  3. Read the book together…
  4. ….then bring the kids into the kitchen and cook our featured recipe together.
  5. I would LOVE for you to share your photos on Instagram using the hashtag: #KidsCookwithBooks and please tag me too (@whatscookingwithkids). Or, if you aren’t an Instagram junkie, like I am, then I’d love for you to share them on Facebook.
  6. Tune in next month for September’s Kids Cook with Books.

Featured Recipe for Thunder Cake: Lemon Curd

Okay, I realize this is not conventional.  I’m not even sharing a cake recipe.  BUT, you will still thank me.  Why?  Because this lemon curd makes the most delicious filling in between layers of cake – any white or yellow cake you love.  Use a mix. Make your own. Pull out your favorite cake recipe.  As long as it’s simple without a lot of extra flavoring, it will pair perfectly with this lemon curd. I promise!

Luscious Lemon Curd

2 eggs
1/3 cup sugar
1/4 cup unsalted butter
1 lemon


  1. Crack eggs, one at a time over a small glass bowl.
  2. Pick out any stray shells.
  3. Wash your hands.
  4. Beat the eggs with a fork or a small whisk.
  5. Add the sugar and stir until it dissolves.
  6. Juice the lemon into the bowl with the eggs and sugar.
  7. Be sure to fish out any stray seeds that may fall in!
  8. Cut up the butter into tiny chunks.
  9. Add the butter to the other ingredients.
  10. Add about 2-3 inches of water to a large skillet.
  11. Turn on the heat. Once the water in the pan starts to simmer, set the glass bowl filled with ingredients into the water. It will be like you are giving it a bath!
  12. Stir the mixture often and you will notice that after about 15 minutes, it will begin to thicken and coat the back of the spoon.
  13. Once this happens, you can remove the glass bowl from the heat and turn off the stove.
  14. Let the mixture cool. If you are not using it all, you should store it in the refrigerator.

2017 Kids Cook with Books

2017 Picks for Kids Cook with Books

With the new year around the corner, I thought I’d share our list of Kids Cook with Books picks for 2017! They would make excellent gifts for the young chefs in your family.

  1. January: Dragons Love Tacos, by Adam Rubin and Daniel Salmieri
  2. February: Everybody Cooks Rice, by Norah Dooley
  3. March: Strega Nona, by Tomie dePaola
  4. April: Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, by Judi Barrett
  5. May: The Beeman, by Laurie Krebs
  6. June: Mei-Mei’s Lucky Birthday Noodles, by Shan-Shan Chen and Heifi Goodman
  7. July: How to Make Cherry Pie and See the USA, by Marjorie Priceman
  8. August: Thunder Cake, by Patricia Polacco
  9. September: If You Give a Pig a Pancake, by Laura Numeroff
  10. October: The Berenstain Bears and Too Much Junk Food, by Stan and Jan Berenstain
  11. November: Stone Soup, by Marcia Brown
  12. December: Sweet Potato Pie, by Kathleen Lindsey

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