Common Denominator Cupcakes

What do fractions and these delicious cupcakes have in common? Well, for one thing, they both are a ‘whole’ lot of fun!

Here’s a question: One day a rabbit came and munched on ¼ of Leeza’s garden. Another rabbit came along and chomped through 2/4 of the garden. How much of the garden did these bustling bunnies eat altogether?

(What’s the common denominator—number on the bottom—in the number sentence ¼ + 2/4? That’s right, it’s fur… er, four!)

When ADDING fractions, the denominator stays the same. That’s because the denominator is the marker, or kind of fraction you are adding. So, ONE fourth plus TWO fourths equals… THREE fourths.

Adding fractions is a piece of cake!

Make Your Own COMMON DENOMINATOR CUPCAKES (The bottom stays the same and the top part is different for each cupcake!)

What You Do:

½ cups butter

1  ¼ cups white sugar

2 eggs

1 cup + 2 tablespoons milk

1 teaspoon vanilla

2 cups flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

½ teaspoon baking soda

½ cup rainbow sprinkles

Oreos (one for every muffin cup)

What you do:

  1. Cream butter, sugar, vanilla and eggs.
  2. Mix in flour, baking powder and baking soda, alternating with milk.
  3. Mix in the colored sprinkles.
  4. Grease a muffin tin (or use cupcake papers) and place one oreo cookie in every muffin cup. Pour dough on top so that each muffin cup is ¾ of the way full.
  5. Bake for about 30 minutes in a 350 degree oven.

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