AjaBakes (and Outtakes)

My four-year-old, Aja, was “helping me” make bulkas (traditional South African Cinnamon Buns) the other day, and said, “mommy record me.” So I whipped out my iPhone, and she proceeded to describe how to make bulkas—totally impromptu and with no coaching whatsoever by me. (If it was planned I would’ve cleaned up the messy kitchen!)

Introducing AjaBakes (50 second clip)



I wish it would flow out of me so easily!


Please don’t report me for bad parenting when you see the outtakes! I was trying to distract her and make light of it—never dreaming it would happen again. For the third and final take (above), she was on her sturdy, pink, princess step. (The collapsible Bed Bath & Beyond step stool has been banished from the kitchen forever!)


The Outtakes


Take One (12 seconds)

The step stool collapsed, and she went flying!



Take Two (36 seconds)

Almost made it to the end and then bam… poor kid went down, again



If you’d like to make these delicious buttery buns with your little ones, click here for my How-To YouTube Clip. (Not nearly as smooth or polished as Aja’s!) Of course hubby has already registered AjaBakes.com 🙂


Click here for the recipe, with pics and step-by-step instructions >>


Hope you had a good chuckle.




Author: Orna

Orna Purkin is the creator of OrnaBakes—where healthy meets yummy. As a former Weight Watchers Leader and Ambassador, her passion is to inspire others with her healthy recipes, favorite food finds, and weight-loss tips — with the odd confession here and there!

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  1. Oh my goodness, she is so poised and speaks perfectly! How cheerfully she keeps getting up to start over after going flying off the stool. CHARMING!!!

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  2. What a beautiful child. I loved it, and she did make me chuckle. Thank you for sharing!!

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  3. Adorable – I love how she clasps her hands together. She’s very poised – and brave ! 🙂 you must get a new footstool! LOL

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    • Thanks Ruth! And yes – that foot stool is history!!! 🙂

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  4. Love Aja bakes. Perhaps, no high heels though. Let’s see more.

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    • Don’t worry – she was fine – it’s me who got the biggest fright! 🙂

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